2020 Auction for Advocacy

Our 7th Annual Auction for Advocacy is a little different this year. Join us for our first ever online auction from September 3rd to September 17th for 14 Days to End Child Abuse! During these 14 days, bid on incredible auction items and join us for some fun and inspirational online events. Click the links below to learn how to become a sponsor, donate an item, register for events, and more! Click here to view our auction website and track our progress to our $150,000 goal!


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2020 Auction for Advocacy Flyer

Sponsorship Levels

Item Donation form


Thank you to our sponsors:

Hero Sponsors:


Hope and Healing Sponsors:

Contact [email protected] to learn how to become a Hope and Healing sponsor!



Bravery Sponsors:

John and Laura Lazet


Courage Sponsors:




Strength Sponsors:





Friend Sponsors:

Adna Technologies


Brian Williams & Amanda Garcia-Williams

InVerve Marketing

Dr. Chris Gray

Dr. Karen Holt

Jessica Ann Curry 

Joseph and Danielle Grubaugh

Lisa Nguyen

Maner Costerisan

Mark and Cat Koerner

Nancy Hilding

Nancy Vance

Patricia T. Ceresa

Ted and Annie Harrison

Telka Arend-Ritter

Schedule of Events and Description:

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Kick Off September 3rd
12:00pm: Event Kick Off with our Executive Director, Alex Brace. Visit our Facebook Page to watch LIVE!

Day 1: September 4th
7:00 pm Studio Tour with Craig Mitchell Smith. Visit our Facebook Page to watch!

Day 2: September 5th--Click here to Register

7:00 pm Acrylic Pouring Art Class/Demo by Laura Hanlin

Laura Hanlin is a self-taught artist raised in southwest Michigan. She enjoys painting and layering with all mediums to create symbolic abstract art on multi-purpose surfaces. Laura will join us to offer a live demonstration of a currently popular painting method called Acrylic Pouring. Participants are welcome to tune in to view the demonstration or have the option of purchasing supplies beforehand (listed in the confirmation) and participate live! Gather your friends and family and join us to learn a fun new method of painting that can be enjoyed at any age. All registration costs and donations go toward our charity event goal! 

Here is a preview of what you'll be learning! Not excited yet? Here is another!


Day 3: September 6th
6:00 pm Prevention Conversation with Jenna Quinn. Visit our Facebook Page to watch!

Day 4: September 7th
Happy Labor Day!

Day 5: September 8th
Join us in welcoming our newest Small Talk team member!

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Day 6: September 9th

Day 7: September 10th--Click here to Register
7:00 pm Concert and Q&A with Taylor Taylor.

With roots in Lansing, MI, Taylor moved to Los Angeles in 2018 to pursue her music career. She has been cultivating her musical style with a nylon string guitar, warm vocals, and lyric driven song writing, which reveal intelligence beyond her 22 years. Taylor’s music is featured on Pandora Radio and she has performed on bills with Jason Derulo and Little Big Town. On September 10th, Taylor is bringing her incredible talent to Small Talk’s Auction for Advocacy Center! Watch her perform some of her amazing music and then stick around for a Q&A with this up and coming artist!

Day 8: September 11th--Click here to Register
7:00 pm Hope and Healing: A Conversation with Survivors

Every survivor’s voice deserves to be heard. It’s one of the most important parts of Small Talk’s mission. The brave women joining us for this panel discussion have used their platforms to spread awareness and empower others to heal. Jessica Smith, Trinea Gonczar, Larissa Boyce, Tabitha Mpamira-Kaguri, Priscilla Bordayo, and Margaret Hoelzer will all share their inspiring stories with us, proving that healing is possible after the trauma of abuse.

Day 9: September 12th--Click here to Register
5:00 pm Tie-dye demonstration with Laura Hanlin

What better way to ring in the end of summer than with a tie dye party with the family? Tie dying is an easy, enjoyable activity for any age, kids and adults alike! Join us for a fun demonstration on a variety of tie dying techniques that will help to spark your creativity. Laura will demonstrate a handful of different tie-dying methods on a variety of fabrics (bed sheets, t-shirts and others) so that you can observe the process, then see the finished projects to help you choose which way to try. This art project demo will be kept to a shorter time frame to keep young viewers engaged. Participants receive a list of supplies needed for this project upon registration so you’re all ready to go after the demo.  


Day 10: September 13th-- Click Here to Register
7:00 pm Trivia Night hosted by Small Talk.

Gather your friends and come up with a “punny” team name and challenge others to an epic night of trivia hosted by Small Talk. This night’s theme is “Popular TV”! So, sit back in your favorite chair, turn on your favorite streaming service, and start your research!


Day 11: September 14th--Click Here to Register
7:00 pm Concert with Capital Green.

Capital Green is the award-winning A Cappella group from Michigan State University. We’re so excited to share a pre-record performance from the group that won the 2015 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. Spend an evening with these amazing students and talented musicians while supporting Small Talk!


Day 12: September 15th--Click Here to Register
6:00 pm Unicorn Cupcake Decorating with Jessica Bouvier of Not So Bland Cakes

You asked for it, we’ve got it! Holt’s own Jessica Bouvier of Not So Bland Cakes will be creating unicorn cupcakes right before your eyes—and you get to create along with her! Jessica started out in your position, by watching video tutorials. She has taken what she learned and used her creativity and love for sweets to start her own business, Not So Bland Cakes, a word play on her last name growing up. Be sure to sign up for this event, what could be better than art you can eat? Besides unicorns, of course.


Day 13: September 16th
7:00 pm Q&A with filmmaker Brett Culp.

About 5 years ago Small Talk screened the “Legends of the Knight”, a film about real life heroes that were inspired by their love of Batman. We are honored to have the director of that film; Brett Culp join us for a Q&A for the Auction for Advocacy. Tune in for an engaging conversation with an acclaimed filmmaker and keynote speaker with a tremendous spirit and amazing heart. 

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Day 14: September 17th
7:00pm Event Finale with our Executive Director, Alex Brace. Visit our Facebook Page to watch LIVE!


We're still working out the final details of some events--stay tuned to learn how you can register to participate!



Our Mission

To provide a comfortable, child-friendly atmosphere where children receive coordinated services during the child abuse investigative process.

our vision

A state of the art center leading the community in addressing child abuse and empowering children to have the courage to heal.