NEWS: Superior Health Foundation, Munising HS partnering on ‘Painting the Peninsula Pink’
Event sponsored by Honor Credit Union will raise money
for U.P.-wide Breast Health Fund
MARQUETTE — In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Superior Health Foundation and Munising Public Schools are teaming up during October for Painting the Peninsula Pink, presented by Honor Credit Union.
Money raised from the month-long event will benefit the SHF U.P.-wide Breast Health Fund, which provides charitable funding to help men and women across the Upper Peninsula with out-of-pocket breast health expenses.
Already in 2015, SHF, in collaboration with the six health departments across the Upper Peninsula, has provided more than $10,000 in funding.
During October, Munising High School students will sell pink bracelets and sunglasses to raise money for the fund. On Friday, Oct. 9, SHF and Honor Credit Union will throw a Pink Party at the Munising-Bark River-Harris varsity football game in Munising. That evening, pink merchandise will be sold; valuable silent auction prizes will be available; fans will have an opportunity to participate in a fun football contest for a chance to win fabulous prizes; and player pink jerseys will be auctioned off. In addition, a special halftime event is being planned to honor breast cancer survivors.
“We’re excited to partner with Munising High School on this event,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “The Mustangs have embraced the cause and we’re confident we’ll raise a great deal of money that will ultimately provide much-needed financial relief for breast health patients who truly need it.”
Honor Credit Union, with offices in Negaunee, Marquette and Gwinn, is proud to serve as the Presenting Sponsor of “Painting the Peninsula Pink.”
“At Honor Credit Union, we couldn’t be more excited about our newfound partnership with the Superior Health Foundation,” said Kelsey Niemisto, public relations specialist for Honor Credit Union. “This is such a great cause, and being able to contribute to our U.P. communities through Painting the Peninsula Pink touches the hearts of many of our outstanding team members.
“We support the Superior Health Foundation’s mission to assist with unmet healthcare needs. And, Honor Credit Union believes that the overall wellness of the community is important and the Superior Health Foundation supports that mission. Physical, mental, and financial health are all a part of a family’s success.”
“We’re delighted to receive the sponsorship support of Honor Credit Union,” LaJoie said. “It has thoroughly embraced the cause.”
During the month of October, businesses across the U.P. will be asked to sponsor a day during the month of October for $250. In return, they will receive a pink window decal to proudly display in their business, along with links to their website on the SHF website and Facebook pages.
“This is a chance for the athletic department and the Mustangs to help out a regional event and help people in need,” said Munising Athletic Director DeeJay Paquette. “Breast cancer touches many of us, and we’re honored to be part of a fundraiser to help people.”
For more information, visit the SHF website at www.superiorhealthfoundation.org or call 225-6914.
Superior Health Foundation 2015 Proactive Grant Focus: U.P.-Wide Mental Health Initiatives
NEW: Monday, July 6th 2015
MARQUETTE – Superior Health Foundation releases Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2015 Proactive Grant Focus: U.P.-Wide Mental Health Initiatives Click Here for rest of article
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Mental health the focus of Superior Health Foundation grants:
In 2014 SHF, in partnership with the six health departments in the Upper Peninsula, launched its campaign to improve oral health for children
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SHF 2015 GALA:
The SHF Annual Gala is in the books! Although it will take a week or so to determine the net profits, we know we will be in excess of $55,000. The event, held at the University center on the campus of Northern Michigan Univeristy, attracted a record 300 guests. They were treated to a terrific dinner, awesome fellowship and the incredible illusion of Tom Coverly. Half of the net proceeds will go to our Gala partner, SAIL, for six-week programs across the U.P. for veterans with disabilities. It was truly a magical night. Here are the sighs and sounds of Saturday evening. Thanks to everyone, including 27 amazing sponsors and businessess who provided prizes for our gift boxes, for your terrific support!
One of the decorated tables, featuring the support of War Memorial Hospital. The beautiful decorations were done by Panache.
SHF Executive Director Jim LaJoie, thanking the many terrific sponsors who made the 2015 Gala such a resounding success!
Sarah Peurakoski, Executive Director of SAIL, addressing the large crowd to explain how the Gala proceeds will be used.
Our Service Men, 107th proudly welcoming guests to the gala. What an absolute honor it was to have those who serve our country in attendance at the Gala!
Our photographers, Cory and David Heidtman, in action taking photos of the guests.
The many prizes on display that were part of the gift boxes
Gala planning committee members Marlene Woo-Lun, Joan Haara and Shawn Beckman, busy selling gift boxes at the Gala
Opening Gift Boxes!! A great view of the room and all the Superior people in attendance. Absolutely beautiful!
Kelsey Niemisto of Honor Credit Union was a grand prize winner. Here, she shares with everyon what she won!
Illusionist Tom Coverly, trying to outsmart a guest with a trick during the social hour
NEWS: August 13th, 2015
SHF awards nearly $9,400 in mini grants in second quarter of 2015, Grants benefit eight organizations across U.P.
The Superior Health Foundation awarded $9,378.77 in mini-grant funding during the second quarter of 2015 (April through June). Mini-grants through SHF are designed for projects that have an immediate, positive and long-lasting effect on the health and well-being of residents in the Upper Peninsula. They are intended to provide funding for small, innovative, health-centered projects in the U.P. Representatives from four of the non-profits recently accepted their grant monies from SHF. Pictured, in the photo, from left, are Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation; Matt Croschere and Amy Poirier of Great Lakes Recovery Centers; Ann Constance of UPDON; Kevin Carr of JJ Packs; and Dennis Farney of NMU Hoop House. To apply for mini-grant funding, visit www.superiorhealthfoundation.org.
MARQUETTE – The Superior Health Foundation awarded $9,378.77 in mini-grant funding during the second quarter of 2015 (April through June).
Mini-grants through SHF are designed for projects that have an immediate, positive and long-lasting effect on the health and well-being of residents in the Upper Peninsula. They are intended to provide funding for small, innovative, health-centered projects in the U.P.
The SHF gives out $25,000 annually in mini-grants, with the maximum allowed under policy being $2,500. In addition, SHF set aside $10,000 in January as a board-designated fund to provide funding for medical equipment requests under $2,500.
“We are delighted to again provide funding to organizations with needs that clearly align with our mission,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation.
SHF’s mission is to “assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health.” On-line and downloadable mini-grant application forms are available on the SHF website at www.superiorhealthfoundation.org. Mini-grants are awarded monthly.
Receiving mini-grants in the quarter, including the amount and project description, are:
- JJ Pack Program through Marquette Area Public Schools, $1,398.00: The program is designed to address the issue of hunger for MAPS’ neediest children by sending them home each weekend with a pack of nutritious meals and snacks. SHF provided funding to sponsor two full weeks of the program. “This grant helped us make a more sustainable program,” said Kevin Carr of the JJ Pack Program. “We’re really big about doing what we’re doing now correctly before we expand too big. Our ultimate goal is to catch K (kindergarten) through 12, but right now we’re at k-5. We can look at helping more children out there.”
- NMU Hoop House, $500: The NMU Hoop House Project aims to expand the local food system, increase food security and promote access to healthy, fresh food for everyone. The funds were used to purchase a proper wash basin away from the house itself with running water and waste receptacles. “Without this grant, we wouldn’t have been able to get the materials to build the outdoor wash base,” said Dennis Farney of the NMU Hoop House. “It’s really easy to clean, easy to use and easy to winterize. We’re working together and able to increase productivity and bring all the fruits and vegetables to local food pantries and other non-profits. A big thing that we are including now is Teaching Family Homes. They look forward to getting salads.”
- Ignace Area Schools, $200: Funding was provided for the “Exercise is Enjoyable” Program to get students exercising. The funds were used to purchase equipment, such as jump ropes, hula hoops, basketballs, soccer balls, etc.
- Great Lakes Recovery Centers, $1,502: Funding was used to purchase recovery-related literature to assist in the rehabilitation of clients in the Men’s New Hope House in Sault Ste. Marie. “Ultimately, this literature helps the clients and helps our staff do their jobs better,” said Matt Croschere, GLRC Foundation Coordinator. “They now have the appropriate tools to give the clients the resources needed to stay sober and lead a productive life in the U.P.”
- Marquette Alternative High School, $500: Used to help support transportation, food and lodging expenses for costs associated for the “She Believed Program’s field trip to Washington, D.C. with all female students and staff. The funding was directed to provide healthy snacks for the trip.
- NMU-DNP Program, $650: Funds were used to purchase 75 copies of “Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy” book and additional educational materials for providers. The books will be prescribed to patients suffering mild to moderate depression. This project supports bibliotherapy, i.e. the prescription of books as a treatment for mental disorders.
- Hearthside Assisted Living in St. Ignace, $2,478.75: Full funding was awarded to create an Intergenerational Therapeutic Horticulture Project in which students and residents work together to plan, facilitate and maintain a garden project. Funds will be used to construct raised garden beds, a greenhouse and to purchase gardening equipment.
- Upper Peninsula Diabetes Outreach Network (UPDON), $2,150: Full funding was awarded to make a video, purchase advertising, create handouts and pay for travel expenses to Houghton, Baraga and Keweenaw Counties to help enhance the use of the Medical Nutrition Therapy Program (MNT). The program is a free benefit (no co-pay and no deductible for those with Medicare) and has shown to lower blood glucose levels better than most medications, especially in newly diagnosed diabetes patients. “We know that fewer than 1 % of people with diabetes in the senior age range receive that benefit and it’s basically a free benefit … a phenomenal service to lower A1C levels, glucose levels,” said Ann Constance, director of UPDON. “This grant has really enabled us to do a few things. One is we canvas the area to know exactly where medical nutrition therapy is offered throughout our region. We’ve met with people in Baraga, in the Keweenaw and in Houghton County, too, because that’s where most of our efforts are going to go.”
NEW: SHF accepting health-centered grant applications for fall funding cycle
MARQUETTE – MARQUETTE – The Superior Health Foundation is now accepting grant applications for the fall grant cycle.
SHF, a conversion foundation formed on Sept. 1, 2012 following the sale of Marquette General Foundation to for-profit health system Duke LifePoint, will award more than $320,000 in health-centered grant funding in 2015, with approximately two-thirds of that amount directed to improving mental health wellness in the Upper Peninsula.
Eligibility information and application forms are available on the SHF’s website at www.superiorhealthfoundation.org and at its office located at 121 N. Front St. in Marquette. Applications will be accepted through July 1, 2015.
The Superior Health Foundation’s Grants Committee will review the applications and will make its recommendations to the SHF Board of Directors at its September board meeting. Grant monies will be distributed in late October.
“The Superior Health Foundation team and its region-wide board of directors are again excited to invite proposals that address health issues all across the Upper Peninsula,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “We value our role in the region and are excited about making positive contributions to the many needs that exist.”
SHF’s mission is to assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health in the Upper Peninsula. Its vision is to improve the health of the residents of the Upper Peninsula.
Annual Golf Outing:
Proceeds made possible through successful SHF Annual Golf Outing
The Superior Health Foundation presents Child & Family Services of the Upper Peninsula, Inc., with a check for $9,734.50, representing half of the net proceeds raised at the SHF Annual Golf Outing on June 19 at the Red Fox Run Golf Course in Gwinn. With its portion of the net proceeds, Child & Family Services of the U.P., Inc., will address adolescent homelessness in the Upper Peninsula. Thanks to 22 teams and a generous contingent of sponsors, the golf outing raised a record $19,469! The event was co-sponsored by A. Lindberg & Sons and North Greenwood Lakes. Pictured, from left, are Jamie Tomczyk, special events coordinator for the Superior Health Foundation; Jim LaJoie, executive director of the SHF; Norma Semashko, executive director of Child & Family Services of the Upper Peninsula, Inc.; Laura Jarvi, SHF accountant and database/grants coordinator; and Shawn Hautamaki, a member of the SHF Special Events Committee who helped plan the event.
SHF Spring Grants Celebration:
SHF awards $54,350 in large grants at Spring Grants Award Celebration
The Superior Health Foundation hosted its 2015 Spring Grants Award Celebration Thursday evening at the Holiday Inn in Marquette. SHF awarded more than $70,000 in grants, with five U.P. -wide non-profit organizations being awarded $54,350.00 in large grant funding. Pictured, from left, are Tracey Holt, Hospice of the EUP in Sault Ste. Marie; Paula Hedlund, UP Health Care Solutions; Tom Luckey, SHF Board of Directors; Cathy Aten, Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly in Hancock; Stefani Gerard, UP Health Care Solutions; Alice Reynolds, Sports Training Camp; Mike Coyne, MD, SHF Board of Directors; Susan Divine, Sports Training Camp; Jayne Letts, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties; Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation; and Sheri Davie, SHF Board of Directors.
Cathy Aten, executive director of Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly in Hancock,accepts a grant for $21,750 to help purchase a used wheelchair accessible van for her organization.
SHF Board of Directors President Dan Arnold, MD, addresses the Springs Grants Celebration gathering at the Holiday Inn.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
After watching a TV program on the Disney Channel, Julia Edwards of Marquette came up with an interesting idea to celebrate her 11th birthday: donate birthday money to a charitable fund. The daughter of Dr. Ryan Edwards, a surgeon at Surgical Associates of Marquette, PC, and on staff at U.P. Health System – Marquette, Julia donated $230 in birthday money to the Superior Health Foundation’s Breast Health Fund, a fund established in 2014 to help men and women across the Upper Peninsula pay out-of-pocket breast health expenses not otherwise covered by insurance. “An act like this truly epitomizes philanthropy at work,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “In donating her birthday money, Julia is enriching the lives of people across the Upper Peninsula. What a tremendous gift.” In the photo, Julia presents the check to LaJoie. Those interested in contributing to the breast health fund are encouraged to visit www.superiorhealthfoundation.org/give/
Superior Health Foundation awards nearly $10,000 in mini-grants in first quarter of 2015
MARQUETTE – In the first quarter of 2015, the Superior Health Foundation awarded $9,539.76 in mini-grant funding to benefit 11 projects all across the Upper Peninsula.
“The SHF Grants Committee has been busy, but in our world, that’s a very good and positive thing,” said SHF Executive Director Jim LaJoie. “We’re proud to support many health-centered seed projects that clearly align with our mission to assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health.”
The SHF Grants Committee meets monthly to discuss and vote on mini-grant (up to $2,500) requests. To apply and fill out an on-line application, simply visit www.superiorhealthfoundation.org.
The following offers a rundown of the organizations which received mini-grants in the past three months, along with a brief description of the project funded and amount:
- Marquette County Community Baby Shower: Its goal is to host an event in the form of a baby shower for pregnant mothers or those with newly delivered babies up to 6 months of age. A request was made to purchase much needed items for babies, such as cribs, crib sheets, car seats, strollers, diapers, etc. The SHF Grants Committee voted to provide funding to purchase car seats for the event. $500
- Camp New Day UP, across the U.P.: Camp New Day is a free one-week summer camp for youth ages 9-14 whose lives have been impacted by the incarceration of a parent or close family member. Its mission is to provide the children with a caring and safe environment that promotes and nurtures self-worth. SHF provided funding to cover the cost of the nurse and medical supplies for the camp. $525
- Child and Family Services of the UP, Alger County: C&FS of the U.P. is engaged in a collaborative process with the Communities that Care (CTC) to address the issue of youth depression in Alger County. Its goal is to implement work under three major pillars: (1) Further investigate the issue, (2) A primary prevention awareness campaign, and (3) Intervention techniques. SHF supported nearly all of its requests, which included advertising, public service announcements, fliers, brochures and food for workshop. $1,421
- Community Food Pack Program, St. Ignace: The request was to continue the food pack program this summer for low-income residents in St. Ignace, with the hope of supplying food to a larger range (currently K-4th grade). Funds will be used to purchase food and pay a stipend to the fitness teacher who will administer the PE program. SHF supported funding half of the costs to purchase food and pay for the fitness teacher. $1,138.80
- Marquette-Alger RESA and MiCHSA: This U.P.-wide request was to fund six-plus people to attend the “Making Connections with Kids Through School Health” conference. The request included two nights lodging, conference registration and two dinners. SHF is providing funding for school personnel, including teachers, to attend the conference at the Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs. $1,200
- Upper Peninsula Children’s Bereavement Network, Marquette County: Funds were requested to provide all supplies, food and gift bags to allow children bereaving the loss of a loved one to have the Best Day. SHF supports sponsoring the Best Day Program for three months in 2015. $600
- Youth Connections Network, Marquette County: This network seeks to launch a campaign to promote “Mealtime as an Ideal Time” to strengthen family bonds, practice positive family communication and create healthy habits that last a lifetime. Funds will be used for printing and lamination of the first 500 sets of placemats to be distributed to families in Marquette County. SHF supported the printing and lamination in full and its logo will be placed on the placemats. $2,100
- Women Living with Cancer Support Group, Houghton: Funds would be used to fill the Comfort Care Packages and the Infused with Support for Hospitality Baskets for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties. The request was for $520. SHF supported half, with the Portage Health Foundation (Hancock) agreeing to cover the other half to fully fund the project. $260
- American Red Cross, Marquette: A CPR/AED pilot program offered to the upperclassmen at Ironwood High School and the surrounding area. The Kiwanis is offering three scholarships and asked SHF to provide funding for nine more, for a total of 12. SHF agreed to fund six additional scholarships. $810
- Evergreen Living Center, St. Ignace: Evergreen would like to offer a music-based program for residents suffering from dementia, stroke and social isolation. Evergreen’s desire was to purchase six I pods with personal play lists and large headphones for each resident. SHF funded the entire project. $480
- Negaunee Senior Citizens Center: The Senior Center is creating a Parkinson’s disease Resource Library so it has books that address the different aspects of coping with Parkinson’s. The idea would be to have them available to be lent out to support group participants, other support groups in the U.P. or community members who are affected by the disease, directly or indirectly. SHF supported purchasing all 30 books recommended for this effort: $504.96
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 superiorhealthfoundation.org for more information on the Breast Health Fund.
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!
2014 SHF Mini Grant Recipients
SHF Major Grant Recipients Gathers for a photo
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.
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.
Nabil Reyes of Calumet, awaiting his appointment at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
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…
SHF presents gala proceeds money to GLRC:
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 www.superiorhealthfoundation.org to apply.
SHF awards mini-grant funding to:
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 www.superiorhealthfoundation.org or call 906-225-6914.
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 www.superiorhealthfoundation.org.
Superior 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.