SHF, in partnership with the six health departments in the Upper Peninsula, is proud to launch its campaign to improve oral health for children

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SHF2   SHF, SAIL gearing up for annual gala! SAIL


The Superior Health Foundation is excited to announce that it will be hosting the Third Annual Gala on Saturday, Sept. 12, in the Great Lakes Rooms at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. The evening will bring together great friends while establishing new, long-lasting relationships with others.

The Superior Health Foundation’s mission is to assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health.

In 2014, more than $51,000 in net proceeds from the Gala were equally split to benefit the Superior Health Foundation and Great Lakes Recovery Centers, which is using the funding to develop an ambulatory (social) detoxification program in Marquette County as well as strengthening current detox programming Sault Ste. Marie.

This year, SHF is excited to partner with the Superior Alliance For Independent Living (SAIL), in partnership with the Team River Runner U.P. veterans chapter. SAIL will use its portion of the proceeds for the “Single Point for Activities and Recreation Program,” to address the health and wellness of veterans and family members with disabilities across 15 U.P. counties. The “Mission: Healthy U.P. Vets” will host four, six-week programs around the U.P., in which 25 veterans per program can participate in multiple activities – including biking, hiking, skiing and other adaptive activities – directed at veterans to improve their overall physical, social and mental health.

For 2015, all sponsorships will include eight seats at the event, with incentives tied to each sponsorship level.  We’re again seeking exclusive Entertainment and Decoration sponsors ($5,000 apiece).  The sponsorship levels and a downloadable sponsorship form is available here, as well as an on-line sponsorship form.

We’re confident the 2015 Gala, which will feature renowned illusionist Tom Coverly  , will be outstanding.

If you’re interested in being put on the invite list, please email and include your name, address, phone number and how many spots you’d like reserved. Last year’s event sold out, so please indicate your interest as soon as you can. The event is $100 apiece or $150 for a couple.

Click Here: 2015 Sponsorship Levels

Downloadable 2015 sponsorship agreement




SHF thankful for donor support

To date (January 5, 2015), $20,246.89 has been raised!


GOLD   ($1,000 or more)


Dr. Daniel and Constance Arnold, Marquette

Dr. Adam and Pat Brish, Marquette

Dr. Mike and Emily Coyne, Marquette

Judy Farrell, Marquette

Esther Kivisto, Marquette

Jim and Kim LaJoie, Negaunee

June Schaefer, Pelkie


SILVER   ($500-$999)


Dr. Mark and Rene Himes, Negaunee

Dr. James and Kathleen Keplinger, Marquette


COPPER ($250-$499)


Dr. Catherine Kroll, Gwinn

John and Donna Marshall, Marquette

Dr. Tom and Sue Noren, Marquette

Dr. Larry and Missy Skendzel, Marquette

Dr. James Surrell, Newberry

John Whitney, Marquette


IRON ($249 and under)


Anonymous, AuTrain

Regina Bergh, Marquette

Peter and Lisa Domas, Detroit

Judy Fouts, Escanaba

Dr. Carl and Lynne Hammerstrom, Marquette

Gerald and Roberta Kolak, Marquette

Ernie LaJoie, Negaunee

Mitch and Laura Leckelt, Marquette

Kurt Menshing, Marquette

Jeff Glatus, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Bernadette Reider, Marquette

Barb Maszlewski, Marquette

Lois and Paul Michelin, Newberry

Ray’s Polish Fire Hot Sauce, Allouez

Dr. Richard and Beth Stanchina, Marquette

Anonymous, AuTrain


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Check presentation to UP Health Depts

SHF presents health department with Breast Health Fund proceeds

During October, the Superior Health Foundation held its annual fundraiser to raise money for the SHF Breast Health Fund, which provides charitable funding to pay for unreimbursed or uninsured medical expenses pertaining to breast health. The fund is open to residents across the Upper Peninsula, with funding available through each of the health departments across the U.P. Thanks to the generous support of many regional businesses who purchased day sponsorships during October, coupled with pink wrist band sales, $11,576.02 was raised during October to add to the fund. Pictured, from left, are Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation; Julie Scott, RN, BSN, Community Health Manager of the Marquette County Health Department who oversees the fund; and Jerry Messana,  administrator of the Marquette County Health Department. Please visit for more information on the Breast Health Fund.

Dan speaking at podiumSHF Awards first major grants!  

More than $321,000 awarded to health-centered organizations in first grant cycle. 


Superior Health Foundation awards $321,000 in grant funding to organizations all across the U.P. on Monday evening. Improving Oral Health For Children receives 2/3 of funding, or $217,000! What a Superior night with Superior people!

Superior Health Foundation hosts inaugural grants celebration – Press release

TV6 News Coverage of Grants

FOX UP News Coverage

TV3 News Coverage


Group shot of mini grant winners

2014 SHF Mini Grant Recipients


Group shot of the Large Grant winners


SHF Major Grant Recipients Gathers for a photo




Jim presenting to SAIL Terri Frankovich speaking Wide view of audience




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jim LaJoie, Executive Director of Superior Health foundation presents S.A.I.L’s Sarah Peura with a $30,000 grant. Dr. Terri Frankovich of the Marquette County Health Department offers her Thanks for receiving $195,000 for the UP Smiles Project, to improve oral health for children.  Snap Shot of NMU Michigan Room and attendees.

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A Map that shows the SHF’s reach in distributing mini grants across the Upper Peninsula!





SHF is Painting the Peninsula Pink! 

Oct 2014 updated Oct. 2







A Night to Remember!

2014 SHF Annual Gala draws record crowd, memories to last a lifetime!

All net proceeds benefit Superior Health Foundation and our gala partner, Great Lakes Recovery Centers. 







SHF Special Events Committee members Shawn Hautamaki, left, and Pam Roose selling the Gift Boxes, which proved to be a big hit since they sold out!

SHF Executive Director Jim LaJoie at the podium



Billy Joel, all the way from Allenton (actually, Pittsburgh, but it’s close enough)




Elton John impersonator was our Rocket Man!


Elton with Greg Toutant




GLRC Executive Director Greg Toutant, hanging out with Elton




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Funding available for Breast Health Patients.

Superior Health Foundation, U.P. health departments launch U.P. Breast Health Fund

Press event at Marquette County Health Department details U.P.-wide Breast Health Fund and how patients can apply for funding.

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Breast Health Fund Letter of Understanding
Online Application
Download PDF Application

Media coverage of the press conference:

ABC 10 Video
TV6 Video
Mining Journal Story

Additional ABC 10 Video Coverage (4/01/14)


 Recent News

nabil-cutSHF Organ Donation Fund helps Calumet resident

Nabil Reyes of Calumet, awaiting his appointment at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

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SHF Establishes Run For Life Organ Donation Fund

The Superior Health Foundation, in cooperation with U.P. Run For Life, has established a “Run For Life Organ Donation Fund” to assist qualifying organ transplant patients and organ donors in the Upper Peninsula with out-of-pocket expenses. Read More…

Online Application
Download PDF Application
SHF Gift Form
TV Coverage of Organ Donation Fund

SHF presents gala proceeds money to GLRC:

Superior Health Foundation presents GLRC with $25,928.50Presentation2

Representatives from the Superior Health Foundation and Great Lakes Recovery Centers (GLRC) gather in the GLRC administrative office in Ishpeming for a check presentation. The Superior Health Foundation proudly presented GLRC a check for $25,928.50, representing half of the net proceeds raised at the 2014 SHF Annual Gala in early October. SHF and GLRC partnered on the event. GLRC will use its portion of the proceeds to develop an ambulatory (social) detoxification program in Marquette County as well as strengthening current detox programming in Sault Ste. Marie. Pictured, from left, are Greg Toutant, executive director of GLRC; Jamie Tomczyk and Pam Roose, members of the Gala Committee; Ray Amtmann, president of the GLRC Board of Directors; Joan Haara, a member of the Gala Committee; Dan Arnold, MD, president of the SHF Board of Directors; Shelby Bischoff, chair of the Gala Committee and secretary/treasurer of the SHF Board of Directors; Andrew Chosa, foundation coordinator for GLRC; Sheri Davie, a member of the Gala Committee and SHF Board of Directors; and Jim LaJoie, executive director of the SHF. The SHF is currently seeking a partner for the 2015 Annual Gala. Those interested are encouraged to visit to apply.

 SHF awards mini-grant funding to:

Marquette Care Clinic Care Clinic awarded grant by SHF - Sept. 3, 2014

The Superior Health Foundation presented a mini-grant for $2,500 to the Marquette Care Clinic to support the funding for training and educational materials for the “Tranquil Tears” Resolve Through Sharing Perinatal Bereavement/Grief program at both of its locations. Pictured, from left, are Bruce Seely, PhD and Dr. Dan Arnold of the SHF Board of Directors; Jocelyn Jonas, nurse manager at the Care Clinic who received the specialized training; Carolyn Severson and Sheri Davie of the SHF Board of Directors; Jim LaJoie, executive director of the SHF; and Cindy Asher, Executive Director of the Marquette Care Clinic. Since January 1, the Superior Health Foundation has provided $26,487.90 in health-centered, mini-grant funding for health-centered projects all across the Upper Peninsula. To learn more and apply for mini-grant funding, visit or call 906-225-6914.




Big Brothers Big Sisters and Michigan State Police  May Grant Winners (1)

   The Superior Health Foundation has awarded $400 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties, Inc. and $500 to the Michigan State Police – Iron Mountain. The BBBS grant will be used to provide six sessions of swimming lessons to 10 Littles through Northern Michigan University this summer. In addition to learning about safety, the children will be learning that swimming is a healthy and fun exercise that can be enjoyed for many years. The MSP – Iron Mountain grant money will be used to purchase a number of mobile first responder life-saving kits to be assigned to troopers in Iron and Dickinson Counties. Each kit contains a items designed for emergency trauma aid. Since January, SHF has provided nearly $17,000 in mini-grant funding, with an additional $17,500 available from July through December. Pictured, from left, are John Marshall and Shelby Bischoff, SHF Board of Directors; Laura Jarvi, SHF; Dr. Bruce Seely, SHF Board of Directors; Jim LaJoie, SHF executive director; Carolyn Severson, SHF Board of Directors; Lieutenant Christine Grabowski of the Michigan State Police – Iron Mountain; Jayne Letts of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties, Inc., and Bill Verrette and Sheri Davie, SHF Board of Directors. If interested in submitting a mini-grant for health-centered projects, visit


Check presentation for April 2014 non-profit winners.JPGSuperior Health Foundation supports U.P. Children’s Museum, United Dairy Industry of Michigan and OSF

The Superior Health Foundation Board of Directors approved three mini-grants at its May meeting. The SHF provided $2,450 in funding to the U.P. Children’s Museum in Marquette to sponsor enhancement with the Big Head, which is one element of a whole body exhibit. The $2,450 will upgrade the head to include workable eyes, well defined teeth and muscle structure while adding a host of educational components through written signs and sounds. It also awarded $1,000 in funding to the United Dairy Industry of Michigan/Jilbert Dairy to purchase healthy snacks for the upcoming “Fuel U.P. In the Dome” event in the Superior Dome in Marquette.

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SHF accepting mini-grant proposals, equipment fund established

For 2015, the Superior Health Foundation is again accepting mini-grant applications to help provide funding for small, innovative health-centered projects within the Upper Peninsula. Read More...
Mini-Grant Policy
Online Application
Mail-in Application

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Drug Addicted Baby Awareness

Drug abuse, both prescription and illicit, has risen to epic proportions throughout the United States. Also on the rise is the number of babies born addicted to these drugs. At Marquette General’s NICU, there were 67 cases of addicted infants treated last year.
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