Superior Health Foundation

Annual Gala

September 12, 2020
Virtual Event

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!

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, online as a virtual event. Details on the live stream will be announced in the coming weeks.

“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.”

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SHF Covid-19 Grant at Work!

Several weeks ago, the Superior Health Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant to Michigan Tech University to help cover expenses for product design and production of filtered face shields, meeting the specifications developed with the Western U.P. Health Department (WUPHD) in development with the National Institute of Health (NIH)
The face shields were donated to local first responders and health organizations who express a need.
We're happy to support!
Do you have a unfunded need during this Covid-19 Pandemic? If so, apply for SHF Covid-19 Pandemic Funding. Simply visit our website at and click on the Covid-19 Pandemic Fund.
Please also consider supporting with a charitable gift to strengthen the fund and help others with pressing needs across the region.
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SHF Covid-19 Funding at Work!

The Superior Health Foundation awarded $1,000 to Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice to help pay for its Zoom healthcare license. This allowed LSLC & Hospice the ability to provide telehealth services for its hospice patients and Adult Day Service caregivers and participants.
To date, the SHF has provided nearly $35,000 in funding to 39 non-profit and service organizations across the Upper Peninsula.
Funding dollars remain in the SHF Covid-19 Pandemic Fund. To apply for funding or to give a charitable gift to help support the fund, simply visit and click on the Covid-19 Pandemic Fund button.
Thank you for your support!
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SHF Grant at Work!

In May 2019, the Superior Health Foundation awarded a $1,849 mini-grant to the Historic Ironwood Theatre for its “Don’t Laugh at Me” program.
The "Don't Laugh at Me" playwright and performance initiative is a student-driven, anti-bullying program. Its creation was inspired by Peter Yarrow's Operation Respect April 2018 performance at the Ironwood Theatre for area school children. When the Awkward Stage Drama Club (ASDC) started work on the anti-bullying project in June, the intention was to create original scripts addressing bullying.
Several teen members spoke about the pervasiveness of bullying in schools and their desire to make a difference. They wanted the teen members of ASDC to determine the direction of the project, and they have.
The project has evolved with the input of the 25 6th to 12th graders of ASDC. An unanticipated result of the original proposal and SHF mini-grant is the ownership of the initiative shown by ASDC teens. They are speaking out about bullying, and they have expanded on the original idea of a one-time presentation of short, one-act plays. The plan is to have multiple performances of alternative fairy tales followed by a large-scale production of "Shrek the Musical."

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