Foundation appreciates support of local youth

To the editor:

The Keweenaw Community Foundation was proud to present “Pure Gold Amazing Things 2013” on Jan. 23, with the help of the following sponsors: Aspirus Keweenaw, Portage Health, Aspirus-Wausau, Ameriprise Financial, Ben Campioni Festival Foods, Edward Jones (four local centers), Northern Mutual Insurance Agency, Charles Ouellette and Bernadette Yeoman Ouellette, Terry Kinzel and Sue Ellen Kingsley, Keweenaw Brewing, The Daily Mining Gazette, Paul and Robertine Freshwater, Range Bank-Calumet, Superior National Bank, the Wickley Agency, Jeff Henquinet LLC, Thermoanalytics Inc., and the Michigan Tech Credit Union. We thank them all.

The evening focused the youth of the Keweenaw who granted either to programs that promote the enhancement of youth, or to those groups who received a grant that supports youth and has created “amazing” outcomes.

Thank you to the Youth Advisory Council, a part of the KCF itself and made up of students throughout the schools of the Keweenaw. They presented their award-winning video on drunk driving, “The Choices You Make,” created by students in the area. They also read the award the winners received from the Michigan Department of Transportation in recognition of their work and the positive results it will have on Michigan’s youth.

The Health Occupation Students of America national award winner, Matty Stimac, presented her speech regarding the “heart and head” necessary for becoming a great nurse. We thank HOSA director Linda Pelli, as well as Thersa Shoup for their efforts in enlisting and training students in health careers with HOSA.

A final thank you goes to the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative program that helped promote the Student Organization of Aquatic Robotics classes in land and aquatic robotics. Both Carl Kangas and Sam Richards discussed the aquatic robot they created that can detect zebra mussels. They worked with the National Park Service as well as with Michgan Tech students. Carl and other team members will go to Washington D.C. soon to receive the National George and Helen Hartzag Ward for outstanding Volunteer Service with this important and amazing project. We congratulate this team and their teacher Matt Zimmer from Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Schools for the development of such an important project.

All available grants are posted on the KCF website at Please check there under “grants” to find out the next available grant cycle. The grant applications are also available on that site. Please also call our office at 482-9673 for more information.

BARBARA ROSE, Executive Director

Keweenaw Community Foundation.