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November 10, 2017

Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is #GivingTuesday

The Portage Health Foundation Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement and
Pledges to Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is.


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October 13, 2017

PHF Releases Another Food RFP

As part of the Portage Health Foundation’s (PHF) “Stop the Roar of Hunger” food initiative, PHF is releasing additional funding in support of food initiatives in the four-county community (Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon).


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October 10, 2017

Grant Writing Workshop

The Portage Health Foundation is hosting a grant writing workshop for the four-county non-profits to help gain a better understanding of PHF’s grant applications, the application process, and key points to keep in mind when thinking about submitting applications for funding.


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September 9, 2017

Portage Health Foundation announces new endowment

Portage Health Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of a newly established Portage Health Foundation Community Wellness and Outdoor Recreation fund with the Keweenaw Community Foundation.


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August 17, 2017

Portage Health Foundation Technological Innovations in Health

The Portage Health Foundation presents the Technological Innovations in Health Seminar Series.

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August 15, 2017

2017 PHF Gala

Portage Health Foundation’s 2017 Gala coming September 23, 2017.


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July 13, 2017

Stop the Roar of Hunger 2nd Round of Funding

The Portage Health Foundation Releases Second Round of Funding To Stop the Roar of Hunger


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February 28, 2017

Third Food Initiative Grant Award

Let’s Eat Dinners, working in conjunction with Evangel Baptist Church in Houghton, received a $15,870 grant from the Portage Health Foundation (PHF) to expand their community meals programming.


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February 22, 2017

Second Food Initiative Grant Award

The Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) in Houghton received a $10,880 grant from the Portage Health Foundation (PHF) to offer Prescription for Health programming for patients of Dr. Michelle Seguin during the summer of 2017.


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February 21, 2017

Food Initiative Grant Award

The Portage Lake District Library (PLDL) received $3,555 from the Portage Health Foundation (PHF) to offer an expanded Market Bucks program for 2017’s Summer Reading Program participants.


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January 31, 2017

Financial Assistance for Cancer Patients

The Keller Family Community Foundation (KFCF) out of Richmond, Minnesota, has renewed a $2,000 grant to the Portage Health Foundation (PHF), which PHF will match, for the purchase of gas-only gift cards for the continuation of a medical transportation program at UP Health System – Portage. The goal of this program is to ease cancer patients’ financial burdens of traveling to and from medical treatments by providing fuel cards.


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January 26, 2017

Making a Difference Scholarship

The Portage Health Foundation (PHF) and Michigan Tech are seeking applicants from Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties for the PHF Making a Difference Scholarship.


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January 20, 2017

Seeking Scholarship Applications

The Portage Health Foundation (PHF) and Michigan Tech are once again seeking local applicants for the Making a Difference Scholarship. Go to the link to learn more!

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January 18, 2017

Scholarships for Local High Schools

This year the Portage Health Foundation (PHF) is offering one (1) $500 scholarship to a high school senior from each of the following schools: Baraga Area High School; L’Anse High School; Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw High School; Chassell High School; Dollar Bay-Tamarack City High School; Hancock Central High School; Houghton High School; Jeffers High School; Lake Linden-Hubbell High School; Ewen-Trout Creek High School; and Ontonagon Area Junior/Senior High School.


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November 16, 2016

Friends of the Porkies

The Friends of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (Friends of the Porkies) received a $1,250 grant from the Portage Health Foundation (PHF) to supplement the costs of new ski helmets for youth from Houghton and Ontonagon counties during the 2016-2017 ski season.


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November 10, 2016

Dial Help Award

Dial Help, Inc., the only crisis intervention center in the Upper Peninsula, received $60,000 from the Portage Health Foundation (PHF) to offer mobile mental health crisis and intervention programming to Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon county residents and schools beginning this fall.


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November 7, 2016

$20,000 Check Awarded

The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home (BKGSH) received $20,000 from the Portage Health Foundation (PHF) to offer Family Support Coordinator programming to victims and children of domestic violence in Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties beginning this fall.


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October 25, 2016

Food Initiative RFP

In an effort to reduce the negative effects of food insecurities, hunger, and poor nutrition, PHF has begun identifying funding strategies to address the community’s awareness to food and the critical impact it has on individual and population health. PHF’s multi-faceted approach focuses on community education, access, and affordability. For this initial round of funding, PHF has identified two main objectives: (1) to create greater awareness throughout the community to the role food plays in overall population health, and (2) to develop and execute the first-steps toward helping to provide nutritious food to people who may be food insecure.

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CLICK HERE


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August 4, 2016

PHF and MTU Partnership at Work

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July 14, 2016

PHF and Finlandia University Partnership

The Portage Health Foundation (PHF) recently awarded Finlandia University $235,000 for facility enhancements and scholarship programming in a partnership known as “Stronger Together – Together for Good.”


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June 23, 2016

Mental & Behavioral Health RFP

Based on discussions held at community forums as well as information obtained from other community-based listening sessions, PHF has concluded that many of our MBH needs and solutions generally fall within four categories: (1) increased access to care; (2) early childhood intervention and prevention; (3) mobile mental health services; and (4) education and intervention programs for educators and service providers. Therefore, PHF is seeking grant applications for programming or projects focused on one or more of these four areas.


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April 28, 2016

Houghton Middle School Garden & Greenhouse Project

The Portage Health Foundation awarded $5,000 to the Houghton Middle School to assist with the construction costs of a garden and greenhouse on the school’s campus.
PHF is committed to helping area students, residents, and visitors lead healthy and meaningful lives. Through the construction of a greenhouse and garden on the school’s campus, students will have the opportunity to expand their classrooms to the outdoors in order to learn about the sciences and economics of gardening as well as to provide food for the district’s food program.


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March 22, 2016

SAVE THE DATE!

Save the date cards have gone out for this year's Spring Gala. Proceeds are going toward hunger and food initiatives to help "Stop the Roar of Hunger" in our community. This year we're taking you back to the Roaring 20s with a fabulous 8 piece band coming in from Chicago. It's going to be a great night of celebrating and raising money for a important cause.

 
 

March 15, 2016

$21,000 raised for #StoptheRoarofHunger Campaign

Since the start of the fundraising campaign on #GivingTuesday on December 1, 2015, the Portage Health Foundation has already raised, with the help of community partners, close to $21,000.00.


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January 11, 2016

PHF and James A Ruppe Foundation Community Health Forum

The Portage Health Foundation is dedicated to engaging all community stakeholders in discussion and strategic planning related to the unmet health needs throughout Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties. In partnership with the James A. Ruppe Foundation, the Portage Health Foundation is embarking on a series of interactive forums, aimed at bringing together local service providers from all disciplines to offer inclusive perspectives on the health risk factors and health needs that exist within our community. The goal of these forums is to develop collaborative input, prioritize health care needs, and build consensus on innovative interventions and solutions.

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December 17, 2015

L'Anse Area Schools and the Hornet Park Improvement

The Portage Health Foundation recently awarded $25,000 to L’Anse Area Schools and the Hornet Park Improvement Group for groundwork projects to assist in the construction of a softball field.


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December 9, 2015

PHF is a co-sponsor of the 2016 Thin Mint Snowshoe Shuffle

The PHFoundation is pleased to be a sponsor of the Girl Scouts’ Thin Mint Snowshoe Shuffle. The foundation has provided funding to assist with snowshoe, Girl Scout patches, and refreshment costs. The shuffle will take place on Sunday, January 31, from 1-3:00 p.m. at the Nara Nature Park in Houghton. Come enjoy an afternoon of snowshoeing at your own pace or join a MTU Outdoor Adventure Program guided tour. Come also to learn about snowshoe techniques and local forestry. We hope you have a fun-filled afternoon!

 
 

December 3, 2015

The Copper Country Suzuki Association's Holiday Concert Series

The PHFoundation is a sponsor of this year’s Copper Country Suzuki Association and Keweenaw Youth Symphony Concert Series. Concerts will take place on December 2 and December 9. We wish all participants good luck and applaud their talents and achievements! For more information about the concerts, please visit CLICK HERE

 
 

December 1, 2015

PHF co-sponsors the Houghton Half-N-Dash

The PHFoundation was proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Houghton Half N Dash half-marathon and 5k race held on October 3, 2015. Local non-profit, DDIY (Don’t Do It Yourself), was the recipient of this year’s race proceeds. DDIY provides financial assistance to area families who are facing medical hardships. The foundation was pleased to be a part of this well-attended event and to support DDIY in its endeavors.

 
 

November 9, 2015

Dial Help To Offer Extended Programming

Dial Help, Inc., the oldest and only crisis intervention center in the Upper Peninsula, was recently awarded $43,000 from the Portage Health Foundation to offer additional comprehensive services.


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October 26, 2015

Friends of the Porcupine Mountains to Offer a Weekend Kid Ski Program

The Portage Health Foundation recently awarded $1,250 to the Friends of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, who will offer a Kid Ski program this winter. The program will run on Saturday’s from January through early March.


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October 23, 2015

Allouez Township Awarded to Construct a Seneca

Allouez Township was recently awarded $20,952 from the Portage Health Foundation
to install a new sand volleyball court at Mohawk Park and to construct a Fit Trail around Seneca Lake.


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October 19, 2015

Dodgeville Ice Rink Project

The Charter Township of Portage Awarded $15,000 from the Portage Health Foundation to Construct a New Concrete Surface at the Dodgeville Ice Rink. In order to offer resources that promote healthy behavior, the Portage Township is in the midst of laying a new concrete surface at the Dodgeville ice rink. Once complete, the facility will offer many recreational and social opportunities for area youth and residents beyond its traditional use as a winter skating facility.


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October 12, 2015

New Fencing at the 3rd Street Park in Village of L'Anse

The Portage Health Foundation recently awarded the Village of L’Anse $15,000.00 to install new fencing as part of the Village’s Third Street Park Enhancement Project. The fencing is anticipated to be installed by the end of October. The PHFoundation believes in providing recreational activities to the area’s residents and visitors. Research has shown that physical activity can lead to better mental and physical health by reducing depression, relieving stress, and improving self-esteem. Additionally, there are the many economic and social benefits by engaging in recreational activities such as the creation of social bonds, livelier communities, and stewardship.


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October 6, 2015

A.C. Baseball Field in Stanton Twp

The Stanton Athletic Club, in partnership with Stanton Township Park and Recreation, were recently awarded $15,000 from the Portage Health Foundation to make field and facility improvements at the A.C. Baseball Field. To encourage outdoor recreation, the Stanton Athletic Club and Stanton Township will be installing a backstop, batting cage, and new fencing; repairing the infield and bleachers; and providing amenities that accommodate handicapped and elderly visitors at the A.C. Baseball Field


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October 2, 2015

MI-Trale and Ontonagon Twp Park Commission awarded $9,000

MI-TRALE (Michigan Trails and Recreation Alliance of Land and the Environment) and the Ontonagon Township Park Commission were recently awarded $9,000.00 from the Portage Health Foundation to help purchase and install new park equipment for the Ontonagon Township Park. To encourage outdoor recreation, MI-TRALE and the Ontonagon Township Park Commission will be installing two ADA portable swings, a pair of basketball sets, and four disc golf stations at the Ontonagon Township Park.


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September 11, 2015

Give Our Vetersons a Hand Receives Grant from PHF

The PHFoundation has provided funding to send a Dial Help representative, on behalf of Give Our Veterans a Hand, to “Binding the Wounds of War” training in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The training educates caregivers in techniques and approaches on caring for and outreach to veterans and their families. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming local workshops where a Dial Help representative will share these tools and techniques.

 
 

August 27, 2015

PHF Scholarship Announcement

The Portage Health Foundation is pleased to announce its partnership with Michigan Technological University in the creation of a health-science scholarship program for local students. Michigan Tech will begin offering currently enrolled students opportunities to apply for the PHFoundation scholarship this fall.


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August 26, 2015

Phoenix House to Offer Women's Outpatient Program

Phoenix House, a residential substance and alcohol treatment facility in Calumet, Michigan, was recently awarded $30,515 from the Portage Health Foundation to help implement an enhanced women’s outpatient treatment program for women in Houghton and Keweenaw counties.


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August 26, 2015

Senior Service Project in Ontonagon Area Schools

PHFoundation funding will go toward material costs associated with the revitalization of the school’s nature trail system to make it a safe walking, running, and study trail. Students in the Senior Service class are required to perform school and community service events in order to meet graduation requirements. These students, along with students from the seventh grade physical education class, are already hard at work improving the trail, which includes rerouting ATV traffic, installing proper barriers and signs, and rehabbing the trail. Once completed in the spring, both students and community members will have access to the nature trail. The PHFoundation is pleased to be assisting these students as they revitalize the trail and create pride of ownership. Happy trail making!

 
 

August 18, 2015

6th Annual Keweenaw Brewfest

The PHFoundation is excited to be supporting fellow charitable organization, the Keweenaw Community Foundation, in their 6th Annual Keweenaw Brewfest. The festival will take place on August 29, 2015 from 1-5pm at the East Houghton Waterfront and offer over 100 different beers from 44 breweries. For more information, please visit the Keweenaw Community Foundation’s website at CLICK HERE We wish KCF much success with their event!

 
 

August 17, 2015

IGNITE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE - Coming SOON!

[Hancock, MI] The Portage Health Foundation has teamed up with local area Chambers of Commerce to bring a leadership conference to the Copper Country in September. The Ignite Leadership Conference is scheduled to be held on Friday Sept. 25, 2015 at the Magnusson Franklin Square Inn located in downtown Houghton.

Organizers of the Ignite Leadership Conference said this event is intended to help bring resources and experts in various areas of community leadership and development to us right here. “It is a too often occurrence that our community leaders have to travel great distances to attend a conference that provides this type of content,” said Kevin Store, Executive Director of the Portage Health Foundation. “We wanted to bring the experts here, to our community, so more people from more organizations can attend.”

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August 11, 2015

PHF Scholarship Announcement

The Portage Health Foundation is pleased to announce its partnership with Finlandia University and Gogebic Community College in the creation of a health-science scholarship program for local students. The schools will begin offering currently enrolled students opportunities to apply for the PHFoundation scholarships this fall.


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August 6, 2015

PHF and MTU Announce Health Partnership

[Hancock, MI] The Portage Health Foundation and Michigan Technological University announced earlier this morning that the two organizations have entered into a community health partnership. The partnership combines both organizations’ missions, existing strengths and financial resources to create a collaboration focused on improving the health of the community.

Please read the attached media release for more details.

[Photo] Kevin Store, Ex. Director of the PHFoundation addresses the MTU Board of Control.


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July 29, 2015

Little Brothers van gets wrapped!

The new wheelchair van donated to Little Brothers through the collaboration of Portage Health Foundation and Superior Health Foundation was recently given a brand new look! Elite Signs of Chassell offered to "wrap" the van and in doing so, donated all their labor and gave Little Brothers a lot of name recognition in the process! Donors are prominently featured on the van as well. It's awesome to see our community members and organizations working together!

 
 

July 28, 2015

PHF Donates to PJ Olssonís Rock Camp

The PHFoundation is pleased to support PJ Olsson’s 2015 Rock Camp. The camp provides opportunities for youth to learn about music from professional musicians, which engages camp goers, according to program director Todd Brassard, in creative thinking, collaboration, focused effort, and empathetic communication. The foundation’s donation will go toward allowing kids who cannot afford the program’s registration fees the opportunity to participate in this engaging and dynamic camp. The camp ends with “The Really Big Show,” which will surely get your hands clapping and feet tapping. Merry music making to all the camp goers!

 
 

July 22, 2015

PHF Now Accepting Mental and Behavioral Health Requests

The Portage Health Foundation, a non-profit charitable foundation serving Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties, is pleased to announce it is soliciting targeted grant requests throughout the four-county area that focus on mental and behavioral health programs. Grants will be accepted through Friday, September 4, 2015. Go to the "Making a Request" tab for the specific application.


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July 21, 2015

Good Luck to the Portage Lake Little League Baseball Teams

The PHFoundation is pleased to donate funds to help cover travel expenses incurred by the Portage Lake Little League major and minor baseball teams’ trips downstate. As a result of both teams winning their District 11 championship games, they will be participating at the state tournament located in St. Clair and Harper Woods, MI. The foundation wishes both teams much success!

 
 

July 9, 2015

Now Accepting Applications for Board/Committee Membership!

The attachment is a general description of board member obligations and responsibilities, expectations, and officer and committee roles. Please take a moment to read and consider how your skills and experiences can best serve the PHFoundation. It is also desired that each member of the board find this a personally and professionally rewarding experience. Your time, talents, and contributions are all very much appreciated.


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July 1, 2015

Call for Adolescent Health RFP's

The Portage Health Foundation, a non-profit charitable foundation serving Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties, is pleased to announce it is soliciting targeted grant requests throughout the four-county area that encourage healthy adolescent behavior through the adoption of and/or access to community health, wellness, and prevention services. Please see attached media release for more information.


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June 26, 2015

Happy 10th Anniversary to the Omega House

The PHFoudation is pleased to provide event sponsorship for Omega House’s 10th Anniversary Celebration to take place on September 19, 2015. Dr. Dennis McCullough, a native of Dollar Bay and nationally recognized family physician, will be giving the keynote address. Congratulations Omega House on providing 10 years of exceptional and compassionate care.

 
 

June 17, 2015

Alive Inside Comes to the Keweenaw

The PHFoundation is pleased to announce its partnership with the Keweenaw Community Foundation to provide $5,000 in funds for the development of the Alive Inside music and memory program at area nursing care facilities. The program provides customized playlists, which consist of music, books, and podcasts to residents in nursing homes and elsewhere who suffer from cognitive and physical challenges such as memory loss, depression, pain, and/or isolation. Through listening to playlists on iPods, caregivers are able to provide their patients with a variety of music designed to bring joy, comfort, and renewed meaning to patient lives. The belief is that by listening to music, patients are able to access deep memories, which can help them feel like themselves again. For more information on the music and memory program, please visit: CLICK HERE

 
 

June 17, 2015

Baraga County Fair Installs New Septic System

This past spring, the Baraga County Fair applied to the Portage Health Foundation and was awarded funds for the installation of a new septic system at the fairgrounds in Pelkie. The old sewer system was in critical need of upgrading. With this grant, funds were used to cover the costs of pumping out and removing the old septic tank; installing a new 1500 gallon cement holding tank; replacement tank permit fees; and backfilling, grading, seeding, and mulching over the new tank. The installation of the new system will be completed just in time for the 2015 Baraga County Fair. The PHFoundation was excited to collaborate with the Fair Board to enable the fairgrounds to continue being a location that promotes and fosters community involvement and participation for years to come!

 
 

June 17, 2015

Renovations to the Drill Shop in Calumet

The Copper Country Curling Club has been awarded a grant to renovate the Drill Shop building into a year-round activity center. The Club, which has occupied the building since 2005, asked the PHFoundation for a $4,000 grant that will be matched by a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The funds will go toward making the Drill Shop handicap accessible, installing a barrier free bathroom, building a large community room, and developing activity bays and lighting upgrades. The PHFoundation is thrilled to participate in a project that once completed, will have the capability of serving more users and providing the space to develop additional curling programs such as a junior curling group. Getting area residents active through physical exercise is an important step toward healthy living. With the Drill Shop’s renovations, comes greater opportunity for people to try out a new activity and become engaged, healthy participants in their community!

 
 

June 3, 2015

PHF Receives Additional Distribution of Approximately $3.1 million

The Portage Health Foundation recently added approximately $3.1mm to its portfolio. This is the result of an additional distribution from the former Portage Health hospital’s run out corporation. The recent deposit brings the Portage Health Foundation’s investment portfolio to just over $50mm and total assets of nearly $60mm.

For more information, see the .pdf media release below.


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June 2, 2015

PHF's Donation of $1,000 Helps Make the Ontonagon County Cancer Association BBQ Cook off a Huge Success

This past weekend the Ontonagon County Cancer Association held its annual Simple Jerry's BBQ Cook-off. The event, combined with other OCCA fund development events, helps OCCA raise over $50,000 annually - all of which stays in the county to help cancer patients in need.

"The Portage Health Foundation was very happy to contribute to this effort." said, Kevin Store, Ex. Director of the foundation. "The community's collective work to raise money to support friends and neighbors in need is commendable - we applaud their effort and all that they are doing."

Approximately 500 people attended the event that included BBQ chicken, ribs, and brisket. Seven BBQ teams tested their culinary skills and provided some delicious food for a great cause.

 
 

June 1, 2015

PHF Announces RFP Solicitation

The Portage Health Foundation, a non-profit charitable foundation serving Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties is pleased to announce it is now soliciting request for proposals (RFP's) to address Community Health, Wellness and Prevention services. The Portage Health Foundation is seeking targeted projects from throughout the four-county community that focus on outdoor recreation for youth and families. Please see the attached media release for more information.


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May 29, 2015

PHF supports Walk A Mile Rally participants with a $2,500 award.

Thirty three (33) members from the Baraga and Copper Country Regional Inter-agency Consumer Council (RICC's) recently attended the "Walk A Mile" rally held on the steps of the state capitol building in Lansing, Michigan. The rally, an organized event that advocates for equal rights and independence for people with varying mental and physical disabilities to promote and influence positive changes at a community level, was attended by over 3,000 people from throughout the state.

The trip, coordinated by Oak House, was funded through a $2,500.00 grant from the PHFoundation. This is one of four grants awarded since the first of the year that has been focused on Mental/Behavioral Health.

Mick Sheridan, a co-organizer of the trip said the experience was timely as local RICC members are advocating for increased public transportation hours and pedestrian crosswalks in our local community.

"The statement that was repeated several times." added Sheridan, "was that we cannot let a persons disability define them. The person needs to define the disability."

"Services for those in our community affected by mental and physical disabilities and illnesses are largely under or un-funded." said Kevin Store, Ex. Director of the PHFoundation. "There are a lot of services needed that simply are not available and we believe in and support the RICC's as they advocate on their own behalves."

The Portage Health Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that receives and contributes charitable donations which support the health needs of the community through enhanced philanthropy and community collaboration throughout Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties.

 
 

May 22, 2015

PHF awards to Keweenaw Family Resource Center

Representatives of the PHFoundation recently presented Cathy Benda, Ex. Director of Keweenaw Family Resources and Lori Bradley, Office Administrator of KFRC with a check in the amount of $2,250.00. The award will be used by KFRC to upgrade it's IT server.

(l-r) Chelsea Goodreau, PHF Fund Development Asst.; Bernadette Yeoman-Oullette, PHF Granti Committee Chair; Lori Bradley, Office Administrator; KFRC; Cathy Benda, Ex. Director KFRC; Jeanne Kurtz, PHF Board, and Lennon Mattila-Hughes, PHF Chair Person.

 
 

May 21, 2015

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly to Purchase New Van

This afternoon representatives of the PHFoundation awarded Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly $21,750.00 towards the purchase of a new wheelchair accessible van that will be used for LBFE's medical transportation program. The award was in collaboration with and matched a contribution made by the Superior Health Foundation. "We are pleased to support the work of LBFE." said Kevin Store, Ex. Director of the PHFoundation. "This was a great collaborative effort between us and our friends at the Superior Health Foundation that will help meet the needs of hundreds of elderly neighbors needing support for medical care and appointments."

 
 

May 16, 2015

Spring Gala results in $60,000 to be gifted back to the 4-county community

This year's Gala was Beatles themed with "a little help from our friends." The money that was raised at the event was matched 2:1 by the PHFoundation. That money will then be divided evenly and gifted to the four county areas we serve: Baraga, Ontonagon, Houghton and Keweenaw. We are thankful to all who participated and our wonderful sponsors for making this event happen!

 
 

May 14, 2015

CTE Training Awarded $50,000

More Copper Country students will have a chance to explore careers in health. The PHFoundation recently awarded $50,000 to the district to be used for health careers education and vocational training. "Because the Copper Country doesn't have a millage for the programs, the District has to charge local schools $1,500 per student for health careers, auto tech, and nurse's aide." said George Stockero, CCISD Superintendent.

The grant is earmarked for health careers, but the additional monies will enable schools to devote more money to sending students to other areas of training, too.

"Vocational training and career exploration is an important part of a healthy community." said Kevin Store, Executive Director of the PHFoundation. "We are pleased to be able to help create an environment where more young people can explore their vocational interests and expand their perspective on potential careers."

(L-R) Bernadette Yeoman-Oullette, PHFoundation Grant Committee Chair; Kevin Store, PHFoundation Ex. Director; Lori Maki, HOSA Coordinator CCISD; George Stockero, CCISD Superintendent; Lennon Mattila-Hughes PHFoundation Chair , and Chelsea Goodreau, PHFoundation Fund Development Asst.
present and accept a check in the amount of $50,000.00 for CTE programs.

 
 

May 12, 2015

Women Living with Cancer Support Group Receives Matching Grant

The Women Living with Cancer Support Group (WLCSG) received a matching grant of $260 from the PHFoundation to assist the organization in providing Comfort Kits and Hospitality Baskets to individuals affected by cancer. WLCSG formed a group in the Copper Country in 2013 to provide support for those women living with cancer, individuals newly diagnosed, and survivors through sharing knowledge, strength, and hope. The Comfort Kits and Hospitality Baskets are a way to reach out to individuals and to let them know they are not alone in their struggle. We wish WLCSG much success with their program.

 
 

April 20, 2015

2015 Spring Gala -Saturday May 9, 2015

The 2015 Spring Gala is just around the corner and we are more excited than ever. This year, the net proceeds will be matched by the PHFoundation and we will be gifting equal grants to projects in each of the four counties served by the PHFoundation. Registration is open now...please contact the PHFoundation offices for details.


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April 17, 2015

Congratulations to UP Kids and Big Brothers/Big Sisters

We received a letter from UP Kids recently. The PHFoundation made a small contribution to this year's Bowl for Kids event. What they were able to achieve is remarkable and worthy of our applause and admiration. Congratulations on a well-organized, well-executed and successful event. PHFoundation was proud to be a part of it.


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March 9, 2015

GALA PROCEEDS TO BE USED FOR...


FOUR GRANTS - ONE FOR EACH OF THE FOUR COUNTIES

The PHFoundation Board of Directors has concluded that the net proceeds from this year's PHFoundation Spring Gala will be matched...YES, MATCHED $1 for $1 up to $30,000.00 by the PHFoundation General Fund. The total amount available following the Gala will be divided into four equal allocations and a call for proposal from each of the 4 counties served by the PHFoundation will be initiated. Targeted RFP's focused on youth/outdoor recreation and wellness initiatives will be requested. Perhaps your community needs a park expansion; updated playground equipment; updates to your public beach and picnic areas...anything that will help encourage and support physical, outdoor activity of our youth and families. Do you have an idea that needs funding? Then, please, support us in supporting you - come to our Gala.


The more money raised...the larger the scope of the projects that can be supported in each of the four counties.

We are also looking for community businesses and leaders that want to support this effort through a sponsorship of the event itself. If you would like to learn more about how you can become a partner in helping our community, please call Kevin at 906.523.5920.

 
 

February 26, 2015

SAVE THE DATE

Yes, SAVE THE DATE! We have an incredible Spring Gala planned this year. It will have all the things you want and none of the nonsense you don't.

Can you guess what our theme/entertainment is going to be this year?

 
 

February 24, 2015

Phoenix House awarded $14,669 to add new program component

Representatives of both the PHFoundation and Phoenix House were on hand to present and accept a check in the amount of $14,669 to start a new transitional program at the Phoenix House. Mark Maggio, (3rd from left) said the funding provides the start up monies needed for this critically important treatment component.


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February 20, 2015

KLT Awarded $13,375.00

Our natural resource assets play a significant role in the overall health and wellness of our community. The public access we enjoy to many nationally significant lands is something we have come to appreciate, and in some cases even take for granted. The Portage Health Foundation recognizes that our natural resources provides many opportunities to enjoy the types of activities that contribute to the overall physical and spiritual wellness of our citizens.

Recently, the Keweenaw Land Trust, a community partner in protecting land, water and quality of life through conservation, education, and stewardship, acquired a parcel of property located at Princess Point near Jacobsville that includes 360’ of waterfront on the Keweenaw waterway. The parcel has beautiful views of undeveloped lands adjacent to the property and is a common area for fishermen, hunters, and recreational paddlers. As part of the project, the KLT needed to raise additional funds needed to complete the project and was presented with a recent award of $13,375.00 from the Portage Health Foundation. (see more)


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February 16, 2015

31 Back Packs Supported by PHFoundation with a gift of $16,456.00

In a society where childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years and the percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012 it is hard to imagine the other end of the spectrum - that nearly 20% of our children do not get enough, or in some cases anything - to eat. This is the mission of 31 Back Packs, Inc. to create a community where no child will go hungry.

Laurel Maki, co-founder of this local movement, said, "Just a few years ago, it was identified that some children were sneaking extra food from their school cafeterias on Friday afternoons in order to have something to eat on the weekend. When we heard about it, how could we ignore it? We had to do something!"


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February 13, 2015

$53,000 awarded to restore telepsychiatry services for over forty (40) people in need...

The Portage Health Foundation announced this morning that it has made a financial contribution to Copper Country Mental Health Services (CCMH) in an effort to restore psychiatric services to over forty (40) people that were placed on a waiting list following significant budget cuts from the State in 2014.

Copper Country Mental Health intends to use the $53,000 award towards telepsychiatry to meet the current need as they, along with other medical providers, continue to recruit additional psychiatrists for our community. "We hope to eliminate the waiting list for psychiatric services," remarked Pat Rozich, Chairperson for CCMH. "This would not be possible without the support of the Portage Health Foundation."


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February 12, 2015

Dial Help receives $50,000 Award from PHFoundation

(l-r) Kevin Store, PHFoundation Ex. Director; Bernadette Yeoman-Oullette, PHFoundation Grant Committee Chair Person; Rebecca Crane, Dial Help Ex. Director; John Donnelly, Dial Help Board; Lennon Mattila Hughes, PHFoundation Chair Person; Tommy Gilpin, Dial Help Board; Clare Gaff, PHFoundation Grant Committee Member.


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February 12, 2015

Winter Parks and Kurt Blake Helmet Fund awarded $2,500

(Silver City, MI) Yesterday, 2/9/15, Kevin Store, Executive Director of the PHFoundation (2nd from right) presented Jim Waters (far left) and other members of the Friends of the Porkies with a contribution of $2,500.00. The monies will be used by Friends of the Porkies to support its Kurt Blake Memorial Helmet program and the Winter Park Recreation program for children.


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January 19, 2015

NOW HIRING!

At the Portage Health Foundation you can enjoy what you do and be proud of your work because you will be making a difference in our community. It is our mission to improve the health of our community through enhanced philanthropy and community collaboration. As part of its growing presence, the Portage Health Foundation is seeking two (2) detail-oriented, community-minded, skilled professionals to join its expanding team.

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November 20, 2014

Additional $9m received from sale of Portage Health

We are pleased to announce that the PHFoundation recently received an additional $9m from the Portage Health/LifePoint Hospital joint venture.

"With the recent distribution, we now have over $46 million dollars in our portfolio and nearly $55m in total assets." said Kevin Store, Executive Director of the PHFoundation. "This will bolster our ability to invest in local projects which will be impactful and meaningful."

 
 

October 30, 2014

Eggs and Issues...

The next Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues, to be held on Nov. 20 at the Sheldon Grill in Houghton, will feature a presentation by the PHFoundation.

Kevin Store, Executive Director of the PHFoundation, will be speaking with Chamber members about the Mission and Vision the PHFoundation. He will share information relative to the scope and direction of the PHFoundation and its current solicitation for request for proposals. The Portage Health Foundation, a non-profit charitable foundation serving Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties, is focused on improving the health of the community through enhanced charitable giving and increased collaboration

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Phone: 482.5240
Email: info@keweenaw.org

 
 

September 29, 2014

Portage Health Foundation Now Accepting Grant Requests

The Portage Health Foundation, a non-profit charitable foundation serving Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties, is pleased to announce it is now accepting grant requests to address Community Health, Wellness and Prevention services.

"Over the past several months, the PHFoundation has been working with various community stakeholders to identify and assess community need." said Kevin Store, Executive Director of the Portage Health Foundation. As a result, the Portage Health Foundation has announced an initial allocation of $150,000.00 to be awarded. "This is just the beginning," added Lennon Mattila Hughes, Chair of the foundation's Board of Directors. "We recognize the incredible need that exists in our community and we are working on ways to begin reinvesting more money back into our communities."

Grant requests of all scope and size, up to the stated initial allocation will be considered as part of this RFP notification.


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September 29, 2014

PHFoundation announces solicition of RFP's

[Hancock, MI] The Portage Health Foundation, a non-profit charitable foundation serving Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties, is pleased to announce it is now accepting grant requests to address Community Health, Wellness and Prevention services.

“Over the past several months, the PHFoundation has been working with various community stakeholders to identify and assess community need.” said Kevin Store, Executive Director of the Portage Health Foundation. As a result, the Portage Health Foundation has announced an initial allocation of $150,000.00 to be awarded.

“This is just the beginning,” added Lennon Mattila Hughes, Chair of the foundation’s Board of Directors. “We recognize the incredible need that exists in our community and we are working on ways to begin reinvesting more money back into our communities.”

Grant requests of all scope and size, up to the stated initial allocation will be considered as part of this RFP notification.

Grants addressing the following will be considered under this Request for Proposal (RFP):

1. Initiatives that promote and/or demonstrate collaboration among charitable non-profit service providers to enhance the provision of health and wellness services to the citizens of the stated service territory.

2. Community Health and Preventive Health initiatives that address identified areas of critical health risks in the community including:
• Child and Adolescent Health
• Infectious Disease
• Chronic Disease and Mortality
• Substance Abuse and Addiction
• Behavioral and Mental Health
• Geriatric Health and Nutrition

Interested parties may request a grant application packet by contacting 906.523.5920 or by stopping by the PHFoundation office located at:

PHFoundation
400 Quincy Street
Hancock, Michigan 49930

2014 and must be received at the PHFoundation Offices no later than 5p.m. EST. Late applications will not be considered.

The mission of the PHFoundation is to meet the charitable health needs of the community through enhanced philanthropy and community collaboration.

 
 

September 2, 2014

PHFoundation General Update

Several steps have been completed as the PHFoundation works towards independent operations and anticipated reinvestment into the community.

Over the past two months several key components of the PHFoundation's operation have been completed. First, after a rigorous RFP process, the Investment Management RFP was concluded. Following the thorough solicitation and review of nine respondents, including local, regional, and national investment managers, Vanguard Institutional investments was selected as the custodian of the PHFoundation's portfolio. This has resulted in the recent transfer of nearly $38mm dollars into the new portfolio. We will now begin managing/monitoring the fund to ensure it achieves the desired ROI targets as illustrated in the newly developed and adopted PHF Investment Policy Statement.

Secondly, We anticipate announcing an initial allocation eligible for grant application in the very near future (stay tuned) with additional funding to become available to grant as we enter the new fiscal year. There will be more to come on this exciting development.

PHFoundation Board of Directors has appointed and engaged its committee structure which includes the Personnel/Operations, Finance and Investment, and Fund Development Committees. With a working committee structure in place, we will continue developing the PHFoundation's strategic business plan. To date, we have conducted the first two phases of the planning process which has included nearly 50 external stakeholder (one-on-one) interviews with various community leaders throughout all sectors representing private business, non-profits, municipalities, institutions of education, healthcare, economic development, law enforcement, and philanthropy from throughout the four-county area. We are excited to have had all of these folks share their perspective with us. We look forward to the scope of projects/proposals that await us.

Finally, We have begun our audit work as Anderson, Tackman, and Co. has been selected (through RFP) as the PHFoundation's auditor for the next three years. We are excited to work with ATC, and will look forward to their counsel as we streamline our internal accounting system and processes.

 
 

June 23, 2014

PHFoundation recognizes its supporters


Seven Awards were presented this past month at the 2014 Spring Gala including individual expressions of appreciation to 1) Mike and Vicky Mattila, 2) Dr. Kirk Klemme and Ann Clancy-Klemme, 3) Jim and Rhonda Bogan, 4) Steve and Jane Zutter, 5) Charles Oulette and Bernadette Yeoman-Oulette, and 6) Glenn and Gail Mroz for their long-standing and generous financial and personal contributions to the PHFoundation in addition to their leadership, volunteerism, and continued promotion of goodwill and charity throughout the community.

In addition, a special recognition was presented to the James A. Ruppe Foundation. Mr. Chester Rheault received the award on behalf of the Ruppe family and was an honored guest of the PHFoundation.

The James A. Ruppe Foundation has been a substantial supporter of the PHFoundation and has been instrumental in many other charitable organizations and scholarship programs throughout our community.

"As the we embark on a new direction and refocus the PHFoundation's efforts, we wanted to make sure to take a moment during this event to thank a number of folks that have truly invested of themselves into our foundation and into our community." said Kevin Store, executive director. "On behalf of all those who have been impacted by your generosity...thank you!"

 
 

April 22, 2014

NOTICE TO ALL CITIZENS

The Portage Health Foundation is accepting applications to fill one or more committee appointments on its Finance and Investment; Personnel and Policy; and Fund Development and Granting committees.

The mission of the Portage Health Foundation is to support the charitable health needs of the community through increased collaboration and enhanced philanthropy.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and a permanent resident of either Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga or Ontonagon Counties. Interested volunteers must submit an application that will be reviewed by the Portage Health Foundation’s Executive Committee for consideration. Experience in non-profit administration, investment management, finance, communications, education, human services, or a history of philanthropy will be helpful.

Applications will be accepted through April 30, 2014 and may be obtained by contacting the Portage Health Foundation at 906-523-5920 or by sending a letter of interest and résumé to:

Portage Health Foundation
c/o Committee Search
400 Quincy Street – P.O. Box 299
Hancock, MI 49930

 
 

April 17, 2014

PHFoundation solicits bids for audit services

The PHFoundation is seeking audit services for the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2013. The intent of this solicitation is to enter into contract and develop an ongoing relationship with a CPA firm for a period of three (3) consecutive years for the purpose of conducting audit services related to the operation of the PHFoundation.

The PHFoundation is inviting certified public accounts to submit a statement of qualification and letter of interest for review and consideration by the PHFoundation Board of Directors.
All interested parties may contact via phone or email:

PHFoundation
Kevin Store, Executive Director
Telephone: 906.523.5920
Or kstore@phfgive.org

“Indication of Interest” deadline is 4:30p.m. EST on April 22, 2014.

“Submission of statement of qualifications” deadline is 4:30p on May 9, 2014

The PHFoundation’s mission is to support the charitable health needs of the community through enhanced philanthropy and community collaboration.

 
 

April 9, 2014

Gala date set

[Hancock, MI] The Portage Health Foundation will be hosting its 22nd annual Spring Gala on Saturday May 10th. This is the premiere fund raising event for the Portage Health Foundation and will include an evening of delicious food, live and silent auctions, and new-to-the-area entertainment - Midwest Dueling Pianos.

Cost for the event is $85/person. The event will be held at the Continental Fire Company in Houghton on Saturday May 10th. Tickets can be acquired by contacting the foundation offices at 906.523.5920.

Proceeds from this year’s event will be used to help establish and fund the Portage Health Foundation’s “Emerging Healthcare Leaders” scholarship program.

The Portage Health Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization formed to support the charitable health needs of the community through enhanced philanthropy and community collaboration.

 
 

April 8, 2014

Portage Health Foundation Celebrates Opening of New Office

The recently reconstituted Portage Health Foundation is celebrating the opening of its new office located at 400 Quincy Street in downtown Hancock, Michigan. A Business after Hours event is being hosted by the Foundation on April 16th from 5-7p.m to reintroduce the foundation to the community.

Along with the new office location, the Portage Health Foundation has begun identifying its core areas of emphasis and says with the recent separation from the Portage Hospital, it will begin a new era of community reinvestment and philanthropy that will be focused on supporting the charitable health needs of the four-county community.

Kevin Store, Executive Director of the Portage Health Foundation, said the organization is taking a different approach to strategic giving and is working on many matters necessary to get the new charitable organization established and well-positioned to begin funding relative and innovative initiatives in the upcoming months. "We intend to collaborate with other community organizations to address systemic issues within our community." Store said.

At the current time, the Foundation is focused on addressing the management of its portfolio and has recently announced an RFP for investment management services.

In addition, Store said that the foundation is seeking community members to serve on one of three committees. "The committees will be key to further developing the Foundation's strategic plan as well as provide input towards the governance of the organization." Store, added.

The Portage Health Foundation separated from Portage Hospital following the joint venture transaction between the hospital and LIfePoint Hospitals this past December. As a result, the Portage Health Foundation was the recipient of the net proceeds from the transaction and currently has a diversified portfolio with a market value of approximately $35 million dollars.

The Business After Hours event is scheduled for Wednesday April 16th from 5-7pm at the Portage Health Foundation Offices located at 400 Quincy Street in Hancock.


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December 19, 2013

$32M initial deposit - Board hires a new Executive Director

[Hancock] The Portage Health Foundation Board of Directors announced recently that it has received an initial deposit of approximately $32 million dollars and has named Kevin Store of Houghton as the executive director of the reformed charitable organization.

“We are very pleased to begin moving forward with the foundation,” said Lennon Hughes, chairperson of the foundation’s board of directors. “We have a lot of work ahead of us as we begin to reorganize the foundation and prepare for it to reinvest into our community.” Hughes said that the Foundation is moving forward with caution and is taking appropriate steps to ensure the assets will be managed properly, as the foundation has potential capital-call responsibilities as the 20 percent minority owner of the recent joint venture. “The foundation will have limitations as to how much it will be able to invest in the community, and those parameters have yet to be determined.” Hughes added.

The Portage Health Foundation became the recipient of proceeds once the joint venture partnership between Portage Health and LifePoint Hospitals closed earlier this month. Proceeds from the transaction were designated to benefit the health of the community via the Portage Health Foundation. The Foundation was started in 1990 and has supported the philanthropic activities of the hospital since that time.

Store was hired by the 10-member board of directors following a national search. The board said they felt it was best to appoint a person with strong ties and awareness to the community, plus an working knowledge of the health care environment.

When asked about the appointment of Store, Hughes responded, “Kevin knows this community well and has a lot of passion for it. He has a great vision for the Foundation, and its role within the community. We are all very excited to be working with him.” Store is moving to the new job after spending nearly five years with Portage Health.

“I am happy with the board’s decision, and feel honored to be part of this historic community development,” said Store. “There is a lot of community expectation for the Portage Health Foundation, and we intend to live up to those expectations.”

Store said the first few months will be spent getting the organization set up, and functioning independent from the hospital. “Once we do that, then we will begin looking at how we will be able to contribute to the community, and make a difference,” Store said.

For the time being, the board has taken efforts to review the foundation’s investments, and will begin looking at potential advisory firms to manage the portfolio. In addition, the foundation is currently setting up new offices in Hancock, and hopes to relocate sometime in January.

 
 

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