Superior Health Foundation

Annual Gala

September 12, 2020
New Ballroom, Northern Michigan University

SHF selects 2020 Gala Partners!

With a focus on behavioral health, the Superior Health Foundation’s Gala Committee has selected Great Lakes Recovery Centers (GLRC) and the Healthy Youth Coalition of Marinette & Menominee Counties as its gala partners for 2020!

With a focus on behavioral health, the Superior Health Foundation’s Gala Committee has selected Great Lakes Recovery Centers (GLRC) and the Healthy Youth Coalition of Marinette & Menominee Counties as its gala partners for 2020!

For Great Lakes Recovery, SHF will provide $5,000 apiece in funding for the Parent Support Network AND the Critical Incident Stress Management Team.

The Parent Support Network is a free, confidential, peer-led meeting for adult caregivers (parents, guardians, foster parents and grandparents) who are concerned about their child’s mental health.

The Critical Incident Stress Management team is a response initiative designed to help first-responders cope with the secondary trauma of major accidents and incidents.

Both of the above programs are offshoots of the John Kivela Legacy Fund (JKLF), established in May 2018 in loving memory of former state representative John Kivela. The JKLF was founded as a way to pay tribute to John and his passion for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, as well as help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and substance abuse issues. All of the funds within the JKLF are used to enhance mental health and substance abuse services through (GLRC) with the input of the Kivela family.

Meanwhile, the Healthy Youth Coalition Project is geared toward behavioral health programming for teenagers 14 and older in these two counties, with a focus on a Haunted House in October. Children get a dose of reality as a guide takes them on a tour of what could be potentially their worst nightmare of their poor choices. Event participants are led through various rooms of project volunteers portraying consequences of engaging in risky behaviors. Issues targeted include: illicit drug use, suicide, vaping use, distracted driving, drinking and driving, bullying behaviors, underage drinking, family violence and more.

The SHF Gala Committee is now actively seeking sponsors for the gala, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12, in the Northern Center at NMU. Sponsorship information, as well as information to reserve seats, will be on our website later this week (

“We’re absolutely elated to work with these incredible organizations,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “Both are very worthwhile, meaningful behavioral health projects. Our committee looks forward to partnering with GLRC and the Healthy Youth Coalition of Marinette & Menominee Counties on planning for the gala.”

Seats are $100 apiece or $150 for a couple (married or significant other).

To reserve spots, simply call 906-225-6914.

Download Sponsor Form

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Superior Health Foundation
Several weeks ago, the Superior Health Foundation partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to provide funding to public schools in the U.P. to assure lunches are available. BCBS and SHF each committed $12,500 in funding to the project.
We're pleased to report that dozens of school districts across the region have been provided funding to help them through the Covid-19 Pandemic.
There are limited dollars still remaining in the fund. If interested in applying, simply visit and click on the Covid-19 Relief School Meal Funding Application.
The map below and accompanying info show the U.P. counties impacted by this funding. It goes without saying that SHF is tremendously grateful to BCBS of Michigan for engaging SHF on this incredible partnership to feed our children.
Superior Health Foundation
Superior Health Foundation
As many of you know, the Superior Health Foundation launched the Covid-19 Pandemic Fund a week ago today to help health-centered, non-profits and organizations across the Upper Peninsula with immediate equipment, sanitary supplies and other other needs. We want to hear from you.
To date, we have funded a number of organizations across the U.P. and we want to do more. We're willing and able to talk, to listen, to help you during this unprecedented time.
To apply for funding, for up to $1,000, simply visit and click on the Covid-19 Pandemic Fund button on the home page.
We also encourage you to give a charitable, tax-deductible git to help support this fund. With your generosity, we can help many, many during this time of angst and uncertainty. You can direct your gift to the area of greatest need, to masks, to cleaning supplies and to office equipment.
Thank you for your tremendous support. If you have questions or needs, simply email
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Superior Health Foundation
Covid-19 Update on UP Connect/Rides For Wellness for Non-Emergent Medical Transportation in the U.P.

At this time, public transit agencies across the Upper Peninsula and the MTC ConnectUP Rides To Wellness program are still operating as normal. We are still accepting trip requests and fulfilling them and will continue to do so as long as our transportation partners remain open and functioning.
As everything with the new reality we are living under the Covid-19 pandemic, this situation is fluid and can change on a daily basis. Unless transit agencies are forced to suspend operations, though, we intend to still be able to function and schedule trips.
We are seeing a lot of medical appointments cancelled, some by the medical providers and some by the riders who do not choose to venture out of their homes. We have worked with all of our providers to make sure that vehicles are properly cleaned and disinfected on a regular daily schedule, often several times per day.
We have temporarily suspended further build-out of our transportation provider network and have cut back significantly on bringing on new funding partners; however, due to the uncertainty of the current situation.
All of our MTC employees are currently working remotely from their homes.
We are hopeful that the immediate danger from the coronavirus will pass quickly and that we can resume full operations in the not-too-distant future.

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