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


Recent News

Mid-Summer Appeal :

SHF tentcard-8 5inx11in-h-final back

The Superior Health Foundation invites you to join its mission to assist with unmet healthcare needs, health education, and programs/research aimed at preventing illness and promoting health right here in the Upper Peninsula. We’re asking that you please help strengthen that commitment with a charitable gift to support our mid-year appeal.


Anyone who makes a gift before August 22 will be entered into a random drawing for a number of Foundation prizes. Its our way of saying, “Thank You” for your charitable support! Simply fill out and mail in your Gift Form.





SHF Golf Outing a great success!

The 2014 Superior Health Foundation Annual Golf Outing at the Wawonowin Country Club in Ishpeming was another resounding success. Partnering with Camp STAR, the SHF raised more than $17,250 at the event – the best SHF has ever done. Twenty-two teams were treated to great weather, fun holes and a Mexican-style buffet when finished. With its portion of the proceeds (50 percent), Camp STAR will be able to fully fund the weekend bereavement camp at Bay Cliff in mid-August (counselors, food and lodging will be covered for all the children participating). SHF and Camp STAR are very appreciative for tremendous support of event co-sponsors:

A Lindberg and SonsNorth Greenwood Lakes

Check presentation1

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.

Read More…

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)



nabil-cutSHF Organ Donation Fund helps Calumet resident

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

Read More…


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 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.

Read More…


SHF thankful for donor support


The Superior Health Foundation is very thankful to those listed below who philanthropically supported its end-of-the-year appeal. The SHF staff and Board of Directors is very appreciative and humbled by the tremendous support. If interesting in supporting SHF with a philanthropic gift, please see the info below:

To date, $26,576.49 raised!

GOLD   ($1,000 or more)

Dr. Daniel and Constance Arnold, Marquette

Dr. Adam and Pat Brish, Marquette

Bob Cowell and Kathleen Olivier, Big Bay

Dr. Mike and Emily Coyne, Marquette

Judy Farrell, Marquette

Martha Glatus, Cooks

Dr. Jim and Kathleen Keplinger, Marquette

Esther Kivisto, Marquette

Jim and Kim LaJoie, Negaunee

Turner Construction, Detroit

Mick and Judy Vonck, Marquette


SILVER   ($500-$999)

John Whitney, Marquette

Gary and Helen LaPlant, Gladstone

June Schaeffer, Pelkie


COPPER ($250-$499)

Dr. Marc and Rene Himes, Negaunee

Col Bernadette Reider, Marquette

Ernie LaJoie, Negaunee

IRON  ($249 and under)

Dr. Amy Bolmer, Leeland

Dan and Lisa Jahnke, Marquette

Dr. Miles and Nancy Mattson, Marquette

Judy Watson Olson, Gwinn

Steve and Joni Peffers, Gwinn

Steve Perucco, Negaunee

Burns and Carolyn Severson, Champion

Dr. William  and Rita Short, Marquette

Dr. Richard and Beth Stanchina, Marquette

John and Donna Marshall, Marquette


Who is eligible for the Superior Circle? Anyone who gifts to the SHF will be automatically granted membership. All those who give a gift will receive a complimentary holiday ornament, as a sign of our appreciation.

If interested in gifting to the Superior Health Foundation through automatic bank withdrawals, click  here. SHF Debit Authorization form

                                                          Gift Form

As the SHF increases its reach to include the entire Upper Peninsula, your gift will be used to help our team carry out the SHF mission by facilitating the connection of your gift to those in need.

Current initiatives receiving SHF funding include:

          • awareness campaign for the devastating effects drugs and alcohol have on unborn children;
          • breast health fund, to help pay uncovered medical expenses associated with breast health (see story on home page)
          • access to resources for families struggling with obesity.
          • organ donation funding to help transplant patients and donors with out of pocket medical expenses

Learn More

What are the different Superior Circle levels? Just as the minerals native to the Upper Peninsula fostered economic growth, your gift will strengthen our region as it improves the health of residents. The four levels (Gold, Silver, Copper and Iron) and their incentives are:

GOLD ($1,000 or more)

Superior Treatment

Recognition on the SHF website

Recognition in SHF newsletter

SILVER ($500-$999)

Superior Treatment

Recognition on the SHF website

Recognition in SHF newsletter

COPPER ($250-$499)

Superior Treatment

Recognition on the SHF website

Recognition in SHF newsletter

IRON ($249 and under)

Superior Treatment

Recognition on the SHF website

Recognition in SHF newsletter

Key Component to Oral Health Proposal

Children's Oral Health Grant RFP

Downloadable RFP

SHF Launches Mini-Grants for 2014

Click Here for More Info

Click Here for the Application

View SHF Grants Given

SHF Partnering with Camp STAR on Annual Golf Outing

The Superior Health Foundation is proud to announce that it will partner with Camp STAR on its annual golf outing...

Click Here for More Info

2014 Golf Registration Form

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.
Click here to learn more.

Sign up for Newsletter