Editing for a Cause

Do you need editing for your new book? Win two hours of the best professional editing I’ve got to offer at the State of Michigan Children’s Trust Fund annual Pam Posthumus Signature Auction.

Time, online silent auction: September 14-16, 2020

Time, virtual live event: September 16, 2020

Where to register: ctfauction.givesmart.com

Bipartisan – in Today’s Climate?

The Children’s Trust Fund is the only department of the State of Michigan that has as its sole mission, childhood abuse and neglect prevention. It was created by the Michigan Legislature in 1982 as a result of a bill co-sponsored by Democratic State Senator Debbie Stabenow, Republican State Senator Connie Binsfeld, and others from both sides of the aisle. It has been proudly bipartisan throughout its history.

My interest in CTF began in 2008when Emily was hired to become the statewide coordinator of the seventy-three local councils. She’s on the phone or Zoom every day, answering questions of local council leaders, leading workshops, sharing current news from the State, and helping councils to fund effective local programs whose goals all are to strengthen families and prevent child maltreatment before child protective services get involved. In addition, she serves on statewide committees (she co-authored the Michigan state protocol on child trafficking). I see the good work she and CTF do every day on a starvation budget.

And There’s More

As if their good work isn’t enough, studies have shown that preventing childhood abuse and neglect. rather than letting it happen and picking up the pieces through expensive recovery programs, saves not only lives but money. According to Emily, “For every dollar of prevention, research shows that we save $4 to $6 later on in intervention.”

It would be logical, then, to heavily support CTF in the annual state budget so we can reduce the need to clean up the mess after the abuse and neglect. Make sense?

Unfortunately, it is the only department that has to fundraise to exist. It does so in various ways that you can read about here. The annual auction is the biggest fundraiser of the year, pulling in at least a half million dollars per event

Items are donated. In years past, the evening was a high-class affair in downtown Lansing or at the Breslin Center at Michigan State University. This year’s auction is the first to be totally virtual. In recent years, they added the pre-auction silent auction. I’ve been part of the silent auction since its inception.

According to Emily, “The dollars we raise are vital to accomplishing our prevention mission goals.”

Register Today, No Cost

There is no cost to register for this event.  So please register today at ctfauction.givesmart.com. You can help make this year’s auction the best ever and get editing you didn’t know was possible:

“If any of you are writing a book, go out and get yourself a Ken right away! He held my hand through the doubts and fears, pulled me out of the stuck places, and turned me into a writing ninja.” — Kristi Lynn Davis, author, Long Legs and Tall Tales: A Showgirl’s Wacky, Sexy Journey to the Playboy Mansion and the Radio City Rockettes

“Don’t hire Ken! Unless you want impeccable editing skills. He’s the best!” — Kathryn Dempsey, author, SHED HAPPENS! 7 Ways to Overcome Life’s Challenges at Work & Life

If you don’t need editing, bid on another item. Or you can give a direct donation to CTF at http://www.michigan.gov/ctf/

Your kind donation will help to save lives and keep families together.

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