For release: April 8, 2016
Contact: Jim LaJoie, Executive Director – JLajoie@superiorhealthfoundation.org or (906) 225-3431
Superior Health Foundation releases Request for Information (RFI) for 2016 Proactive Grant Focus: Pediatric Obesity in the Upper Peninsula
Application deadline: 4 p.m. Friday, May 13
The Superior Health Foundation (SHF) is pleased to launch its 2016 Proactive Grant Focus process with the release of a Request for Information (RFI) to gather criteria about organizations with the capacity and vision to make an impact on improving pediatric/childhood obesity awareness and/or services throughout the entire Upper Peninsula.
“The Superior Health Foundation continues to lay the groundwork as an effective, empowering U.P. – wide philanthropic foundation with a health-centered focus,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation.
“Our board of directors is very engaged in the process of making sure the foundation fosters collaboration and focuses financial assistance to organizations addressing healthcare needs through innovative solutions which impact the entire Upper Peninsula.”
In 2016, SHF will award approximately $250,000 to an organization, or a collaborative group of organizations, for innovative approaches which leverage the foundation’s funding to make substantial progress in addressing pediatric obesity services and awareness for the entire Upper Peninsula.
After the responses to the RFI are received, the foundation will convene a roundtable meeting on June 1, 2016, in Marquette to help target the (Request for Proposal) RFP for the grant award. The anticipated timing for the RFP release is late June, with an award decision in late August. In order to be eligible to respond to the RFP for the grant award, an organization must first send a response to the RFI by the deadline of May 13, 2015.
To submit a response to the RFI, visit www.superiorhealthfoundation.org or stop in to the SHF office, located at 121 N. Front St., Marquette, MI 49855.
Request for Information (RFI)
Superior Health Foundation (SHF) is focusing efforts on improving pediatric/childhood obesity awareness and/or services throughout the entire Upper Peninsula region through this year’s proactive grants program.
In 2016, SHF will award approximately $250,000 to an organization, or a collaborative group of organizations, for innovative approaches which leverage the foundation’s funding to make substantial progress in addressing pediatric obesity services and awareness for the entire Upper Peninsula.
This Request for Information (RFI) will help SHF determine organizations with the capacity and focus appropriate for the level and reach we are planning to achieve with these funds.
Please fill out the following online form to submit your responses by the deadline of 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, May 13, 2016. If you prefer a hard copy form, please call Leah Berthiaume at the SHF office: (906) 225-6914 or print the form from this website and mail or fax to:
Superior Health Foundation 121 N. Front St., Marquette, MI 49855 Phone: 906-225-6914 Fax: 906-225-6916
All mailed or faxed responses must be received at the SHF office by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, May 13, 2016.
Key dates for the 2016 Proactive Grant Giving process
When the grants committee has reviewed all responses to this RFI, you will be contacted via the contact information you provide to let you know if you will be invited to participate in a round table meeting on June 1, 2016 and subsequently submit a full proposal.
The RFP (Request for Proposals) will be developed after the round table meeting and released on or about June 20, 2016, with the award(s) to be made at the Superior Health Foundation’s Fall Grant Awards Celebration on October 20, 2016.
It’s never too early to talk about golf. Right? Well, the Superior Health Foundation is excited to announce that, for its annual golf outing, it will be working with Just Believe, a non-profit organization in Marquette County whose purpose is to educate about the dangers of melanoma cancer and excessive skin exposure. It has ambitions to expand its message across the region. The outing will be held on Friday, June 17, at Red Fox Run in Gwinn. SHF is seeking lunch ($1,500) and prize ($1,000) sponsors. It promises to be a ton of fun once again with many great prizes in store.
If interested in sponsoring or playing, contact 906-225-6914 or email shf@superiorhealthfoundation.
Winter 2016 Newsletter:
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A unique pink idea has blossomed into a wonderful fundraiser to support the Superior Health Foundation.
In early February, the Superior Health Foundation proudly accepted a check for $3,162.53 from Jim Reevs, publisher of The Mining Journal newspaper in Marquette.
The Mining Journal initiated a Tree of Life fundraiser in which community residents donated $5 for pink ribbons to honor or remember loved ones affected by breast cancer. The fountain-like tree was created by Marquette artist Earl Senchuk, with help from students at Sandy Knoll Elementary School in Marquette.
The tree was filled with 695 ribbons. Proceeds will go directly to the SHS Breast Health Fund, which was created two years ago to provide philanthropic support for out-of-pocket breast health expenses incurred by men and women across the Upper Peninsula.
“These types of efforts truly exemplify philanthropy at work,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “We are grateful to The Mining Journal for taking on this project and to Mr. Senchuk for creating the beautiful tree. This funding will help people … that’s what it’s all about.”
The SHF Breast Health Fund has provided more than $15,000 in philanthropic funding since its inception. If interested in supporting the fund with a charitable gift, please visit www.superiorhealthfoundation.org/give/
Breast Health application forms are available at www.superiorhealthfoundation.org/breast-health-fund/ or in the SHF office located at 121 N. Front St. in Marquette.
(Jim Reevs, middle, publisher of The Mining Journal, presents a check for $3,162.53 to Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation, with money raised through the Tree of Life fundraising project. Also pictured, from left, are Barb Schmitt, who received funding from the Breast Health Fund; Amy Bond, Mining Journal administrative assistant; and Marquette artist Earl Senchuck.)
SHF provides mini grant to Community Foundation of Marquette to support project
The Community Foundation of Marquette County has awarded a grant of $84,595 from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to support initiatives aimed at improving the quality of health for children in the region. The grant dollars will be used to support the current P.E.-Nut UP program to all elementary schools in the county. Simple nutrition lessons with food sampling and fitness activities will be offered, along with lessons for parents/caregivers on how to buy and prepare low-cost, healthy snack items.
The Community Foundation partnered with Marquette Alger Regional Educational Service Agency (MARESA) to request a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment to enable MARESA to provide nutrition education and physical activity education to elementary school students in Marquette County. The Superior Health Foundation awarded a mini-grant of $2,039 to the Community Foundation of Marquette County to support the expansion of the PE-Nut project to include all Marquette County Schools.
“This project aligns closely with SHF’s mission, which is assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “The Superior Health Foundation welcomes opportunities to collaborate, and we’re very thankful the Community Foundation of Marquette County reached out to us for this terrific project.”
The two expected program outcomes are to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetable and increase the amount of physical activity of elementary students and families. It will also provide teachers an opportunity to learn how to integrate nutrition education and physical activity into their curriculums and classrooms
Cutline: Pictured, standing left to right, are Chris Marana, principal, Aspen Ridge Elementary School, Kevin Hooper, principal, Sandy Knoll Elementary, Travis Smith, principal, Cherry Creek Elementary, Julie Peterson, principal, Lakeview Elementary, Bob Anthony, principal, Superior Hills Elementary, and Rachel Sabin, MARESA Nutrition Educator accepting the grant check from Community Foundation CEO Gail Anthony. Seated are Sarah Kemppainen, principal, Graveraet Elementary, Jim LaJoie, executive director, Superior Health Foundation and Michelle Granger, Nutrition Educator, MARESA.
MARQUETTE – The Superior Health Foundation announces the appointment of Kris Leonard of Iron Mountain to its board of directors.
Leonard has been an active member of the Dickinson County community for many years. A native of Iron Mountain, she served as trustee, secretary and president of the Iron Mountain School Board of Education for 10 years and was also involved with the Dickinson County Council for the Arts, working as an education coordinator, publicity chairperson and chairwoman for the Midwest Arts and Crafts Show.
She currently sits on the board of the Dickinson County Hospital Foundation.
A graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in English literature and minors in history and secondary education, Leonard is a member of the steering committee that organized “100+ Women Who Care in Dickinson County” in December 2012. The group has reached a membership of more than 500 women. It has raised more than a quarter million dollars for local charities and organizations in Dickinson County and the surrounding areas.
Leonard lives in Iron Mountain with her husband, Stephen. They have three married children and nine grandchildren.
With Leonard’s appointment, the SHF Board of Directors now has 12 members who represent the Upper Peninsula.
The Superior Health Foundation is pleased to announce that, for the 2016 Annual Gala, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17, at NMU, it will be supporting two, U.P. non-profit organizations with funding raised at the gala. Based on a recommendation from the SHF Gala Committee and endorsed by the SHF Board of Directors, the SHF will award two, $10,000 gifts on the night of the gala to the following organizations for these projects:
- Lakestate Industries in Marquette and Escanaba, to serve 10 individuals who do not otherwise qualify for assistance. The fund will provide career scope assessments, job development services and job coaching services. This project teaches individuals with disabilities how to find and keep employment.
- Marquette-Alger Great Start Collaborative, for the Alger Baby Closet (ABC) with the idea to purchase cribs, sleep sacs, breast pumps, game books, handouts and help with printing charges relative to the program. This project goal is to have children born healthy and maintain healthy growth and development after birth. It is the organization’s hope to expand the ABC model into Luce and/or Schoolcraft Counties.
The SHF Gala Committee is now beginning preparations for the gala. If interested in sponsoring or being added to the attendee invite list, simply email email@example.com or call 906-225-6914. Click Here For Sponsorship Levels . Click Here for Sponsorship Agreement
SHF is delighted to support Lakestate and the Great Start Collaborative on projects that will benefit (1) those with disabilities and (2) newborns to ensure they get the right start in their lives.
NEWS: Superior Health Foundation raises more than $12,500 to support Breast Health Fund
More than $12,500 will benefit the SHF Breast Health Fund
With proceeds raised from Painting the Peninsula Pink during October, the Superior Health Foundation presented the U.P. Health Departments a check for $12,534.47 that will go to the SHF Breast Health Fund to help men and women across the Upper Peninsula with out-of-pocket breast health expenses. Painting the Peninsula Pink, presented by Honor Credit Union, provided a month-long, fund-raising event to help this cause. In the photo, Jim LaJoie, middle, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation, presents the check to Julie Scott, left, and Jerry Messana of the Marquette County Health Department. Scott, RN, BSN, is the Community Health Manager who helps oversee the fund. Messana is the administrator of the Marquette County Health Department. Those wishing to apply for funding are encouraged to do so by visiting superiorhealthfoundation.org/breast-health-fund/ and fill out an on-line application. Forms are also available at health departments across the Upper Peninsula.
NEWS: December 3, 2015
SHF accepting health-centered
large grant applications for spring funding cycle
MARQUETTE – The Superior Health Foundation is now accepting large grant applications for its spring 2016 funding cycle.
SHF will award more than $330,000 in health-centered grants in 2016.
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 January 15, 2016.
The Superior Health Foundation’s Grants Committee will review the applications and will make its recommendations to the SHF Board of Directors at its March board meeting. At that time, the SHF Board of Directors will also vote on a proactive grant-giving project for 2016, of which more than $220,000 in funding will be directed to in the fall.
In October, the Superior Health Foundation awarded more than $275,000 in large grants, with $221,000 in funding to improve the mental health for those in the Upper Peninsula.
Since its inception in 2012, the SHF has awarded more than $750,000 in grant funding.
“We’re excited to provide invaluable health-centered funding to causes all across the Upper Peninsula,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “We encourage health-centered organizations to submit proposals, which will be carefully reviewed and acted upon by the SHF Grants Committee.”
If applying online, please attach a cover letter, a narrative detailing the project and letters of support.
Large grant checklist. Please include the following items if applying online or through the mail:
Each grant application must include the following (either attachments or part of the application if applying by mail):
> The names, offices in the organization, address, phone number, email address and business (if applicable)
> A current annual report of the organization.
> Financial statements (audited statements should be provided if available) for the two most current years and a year-to-date unaudited financial statement for the current year. Organizations with less than two years of operating history should submit financial statements since inception and a two-year budget. Major sources of organizational support and endowments, if any, must be shown.
> A signed copy of the most recent IRS Form 990 Tax Return, if required to be filed by the applicant. City, state and federal government agencies or subsections should submit their tax letter or affiliation letter signed by the appropriate supervisor or financial officer in lieu of IRS Form 990.
> Qualified public charities must submit a copy of their most recent letter of determination from the Internal Revenue Service a certification that tax exempt status has not changed and there are no facts or circumstances known that may result in a change of status. The letter should state:
> That the organization is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or government entity); and that the organization is “not a private foundation” under Section 509 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Letters from partnering agencies are acceptable.
SHF’s mission is to assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health throughout the Upper Peninsula. Its vision is to improve the health of the residents of the Upper Peninsula.
For more information, contact the SHF at 906-225-6914 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Munising awarded $1,744.85 for partnering with SHF
The Superior Health Foundation awarded Munising Public Schools with a check for $1,744.85, representing a portion of the proceeds raised during Painting the Peninsula Pink in October to help replenish the SHF Breast Health Fund. SHF partnered with Munising Public Schools on the month-long event, with the signature event occurring on Friday, Oct. 9, when Munising hosted Bark River-Harris in a homecoming varsity football game. There, pink merchandise was sold and Mustang pink player jerseys were auctioned off. Munising plans on using the funding to purchase an automatic external defibrillator (AED) for the school. Pictured, back row from left, are Katie Anderson, student council advisor; Mustang varsity players Brent Brock, Mikey Graves, Brett Johnson and Corey Cotey. Front row, DeeJay Paquette, Munising Public Schools athletic director; Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation; and Tom Luckey, a member of the Superior Health Foundation Board of Directors who lives in Munising. Painting the Peninsula Pink, sponsored by Honor Credit Union, raised $12,534.47 during the month. These dollars will help patients all across the Upper Peninsula with out-of-pocket breast health expenses. Peninsula schools interested in partnering with SHF next year and beyond are encouraged to email SHF at email@example.com.
Superior Alliance For Independent Living awarded $26,531.55
The Superior Health Foundation awarded the Superior Alliance for Independent Living (SAIL) a check for $26,531.55, representing half of the net proceeds raised at the SHF’s Annual Gala held in September. SAIL will use the funding 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. Pictured, from left, are Ellen Sargent, Joan Haara, Jim LaJoie, Sarah Peurakoski and Shelby Bischoff. Sargent, Haara and Bischoff are members of the SHF Gala Committee, while LaJoie is the executive director of the Superior Health Foundation and Peurakoski is the executive director of SAIL. The SHF gala in 2016 is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17, at NMU.
Superior Health Foundation seeking funding applications for 2016 annual gala
MARQUETTE — Are you a non-profit with a health-centered mission? If so, the Superior Health Foundation invites you to submit a funding request, with the hopes you’ll be part of the SHF’s 2016 annual gala celebration.
The Superior Health Foundation annual gala will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in Marquette. Proceeds from the gala will benefit SHF. In addition, the SHF Gala Planning Committee will select two, health-centered projects ($10,000 or less) and award those monies at the gala. SHF will ask the agencies receiving funding to invite employees and guests to the gala.
The SHF Gala Committee will give high priority to health-centered initiatives or projects that benefit a large geographic population in the region and align with its mission, which is “to assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health.”
The Superior Health Foundation will accept applications through Dec. 14, 2015, and will select two, non-profit projects by late December. These projects will then be forwarded to the SHF Board of Directors for approval in January.
Applications are available on the home page of the Superior Health Foundation website (www.superiorhealthfoundation.org). Applications can be filled out on-line, faxed to 906-225-6916 or submitted via mail to the Superior Health Foundation, Attn: Executive Director, 121 N. Front St., Marquette, MI 49855.
Those with questions are asked to call the Superior Health Foundation at 906-225-6914 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Superior Health Foundation hosts fall grants celebration
Health-centered non-profit organization awards more than $275,000
in large grants to organizations across the U.P.
Rebecca Crane, chief executive officer of Dial Help, addresses the crowd as Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation, looks on. Dial Help received a $150,000 grant to expand suicide prevention efforts in the Upper Peninsula.
The large grant recipients gather for photo.
At the event, the SHF also recognized 14 mini-grant recipients since the spring program.
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MARQUETTE – The Superior Health Foundation in Marquette awarded more than $275,000 in health-centered large grant funding at its Fall Grants Awards Celebration on Thursday evening at the Holiday Inn in Marquette.
The Superior Health Foundation, a conversion foundation formed following the sale of Marquette General Health System to for-profit Duke LifePoint in September 2012, gave out more than $54,000 in large grants along with $221,000 in funding to improve the mental health for those in the Upper Peninsula.
The mental health wellness initiative is the Foundation’s second proactive grant project selected and voted on by its U.P.-wide Board of Directors. In 2014, the Foundation awarded more than $217,000 to improve Oral Health For Children in the U.P.
“The Superior Health Foundation is excited to award large grant funding to a number of deserving causes and organizations across the region,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “We’re particularly pleased with the mental health component … we received eight outstanding mental health grants and we feel we chose projects that will help enhance much-needed mental health services in the Upper Peninsula.
“The second largest grant in our three-year history was awarded to an organization to expend upon its services to serve a wider geographic region in the U.P.,” LaJoie added. “That’s very exciting.”
At the awards celebration, the Superior Health Foundation also recognized 14 organizations across the Upper Peninsula who received mini grants, totaling nearly $21,000, since the Spring Grants Celebration held in April.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Superior Health Foundation, we’re pleased to award large grants to health-centered organizations, both big and small, across the U.P.,” said Daniel Arnold, MD, President of the SHF Board of Directors. “Our mission is to assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health. These grants certainly align with that mission and address our intent of improving the lives of people across the U.P.”
The Superior Health Foundation awarded large grants to the following:
- Great Lakes Recovery Centers, $2,740: GLRC is collaborating with Heritage Hills to provide group equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) to youth as an alternative path to recovery.
- Lake Superior State Foundation, Sault Ste. Marie, $10,097: This grant is for simulation-based education. Funds are requested to purchase Difficult Airway Task Trainers and equipment that will provide realistic practice for certification.
- Michigan State College of Human Medicine, $10,000: This provides funding for tuition support for medical students (preferably from the Upper Peninsula) to reduce the burden of educational debt, thus encouraging UP medical school graduates to return to their home communities to practice.
- Northern Michigan University, $7,500: This funding will expand continuing education to professionals in the health care field by developing and delivering programming to disadvantaged K-12 students from rural remote areas and engage in community mobilization at the county level to assist communities in solving their health care access issues.
- Regents of the University of Michigan, $10,000: Project Healthy Schools provides a school-based program to reduce childhood obesity and its long-term health risks. PHS proposes implementing the program in up to four middle schools in the U.P., teaching youth healthy habits and creating healthy school environments that support sustainable behavior change. Already, Ishpeming and Newberry were selected.
- Trillium House, $5,000: To provide affordable access to hospice care for patients and families in a Marquette and surrounding counties through a welcoming and safe home. Fundraising is currently being done to build Trillium House in the U.P.
- YMCA of Marquette County, $5,000: The funding will be used to expand chronic disease programming and interventions by facility expansion and training more instructors.
- Western U.P. Health Department, Hancock, $4,000: This grant will address obesity through the Choose Healthy U.P. program that will promote a cultural shift in treatment. Funds will be used to foster a healthy community.
In the area of Mental Health Wellness grants, the SHF proudly awarded $220,975 to four organizations:
- Dial Help (Houghton), $150,000: Project aims to reduce stigma and increase awareness by providing mental health and suicide prevention education, training and outreach U.P.-wide. It has partnered with U.P. local health departments and Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions to ensure that this project reaches all 15 counties in the UP. It proposes to hire an Outreach Coordinator to 1) create local suicide prevention alliances with health departments and unite them, 2) provide suicide prevention training across the U.P., 3) increase awareness of mental health issues and 4) expand and share a U.P. referral database of resources.
- Great Lakes Recovery Centers, Inc., (Ishpeming), $40,000: This grant will help fund a U.P.-wide “Mental Health First Aid” initiative. The U.P. would be broken down into three regions which would each be guided by an advisory/navigation board made up of leaders in the mental health industry and community leaders. These advisory teams would help identify mental health needs within the region and give “leads” to the instructors/navigators of that region. GLRC would provide a project coordinator to oversee the regions.
- Pathways (Marquette), $20,975: This grant is to establish a clubhouse for adults with severe mental illness. This would be a community-based program in which meaningful work opportunities drive the need for member participation, creating an environment where empowerment, relationship-building, skill development and related competencies are gained. Pathways will collaborate with other organizations to make this a reality.
- Northcare Network (Marquette), $10,000: The Integrated Healthcare Project is focused on the seriously mentally ill Medicaid population who is shared with UPHP members who have a high risk score indicating at risk of occurring high cost medical care, and a diagnosis that also puts them at risk for their future wellness. Project focuses on using population analytics to identify these consumers, and then actively plan to coordinate care between the behavioral health providers, the physical care providers and the Medicaid health plan.
Sheri Davie, chair of the SHF Grants Committee and member of the SHF Board of Directors, said the Foundation elected to provide substantial funding resources to Dial Help for a number of reasons.
“The Superior Health Foundation convened a Mental Health Roundtable early in the summer and this concept really rose to the top of the list during the discussion,” Davie said. “The project is U.P. wide, it’s impactful, it’s collaborative, and most important, it’s necessary. We’re thrilled to play a leading role with a large grant to expand the good things that Dial Help has done in the past.”
Rebecca Crane, executive director of Dial Help, said the SHF grant will play an instrumental role in expanding much-needed services to a population who sorely needs it.
“We are so grateful for this opportunity through the Superior Health Foundation to address suicide prevention across the entire Upper Peninsula,” Crane said. “Every suicide is a devastating loss within our small, rural communities and it is clear that the U.P. has some of the highest risk communities in the state of Michigan.
“Partnering with local public health and other organizations across the area will allow us to increase awareness, provide education and training, establish local coalitions and unite the U.P. with a dynamic, proactive regional coalition for suicide prevention.”
The Superior Health Foundation Board of Directors will begin reviewing proactive grant options for 2016 at its January meeting.
The SHF will begin accepting applications for its Spring 2016 grants cycle in mid-December, with a deadline set for Jan. 15, 2016.
For more information on the Superior Health Foundation, visit its website at www.superiorhealthfoundation.org or call 906-225-6914.
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Superior Health Foundation 2015 Proactive Grant Focus: U.P.-Wide Mental Health Initiatives
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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 email@example.com 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.