Omega House to hold fishing fundraiser

COPPER HARBOR – Next month, Copper Country residents will be able to get in some quality fishing while helping out a good organization.

Anglers for Omega House, a splake fishing event, will be held from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4 in Copper Harbor.

Tickets are $50 per person, and include a spaghetti dinner at the Mariner North afterwards.

The event is dedicated to Loretta Paulson, an Omega House resident who died in September, as well as others who have passed on.

“It’s such a wonderful place, and we’re trying to spread the word on what it actually does,” said Paulson’s son, Marko Paulson of Calumet. “There’s a lot of people who don’t know about it, so we’re trying to get the word out even more.”

Paulson came up with the idea in gratitude for Omega House’s care for his mother. Loretta Paulson, who suffered for cancer for the last nine years of her life, moved to the Omega House in August.

“She was very impressed with the whole place,” he said. “When the doctor told her it was time to go to Omega House, she had no qualms about it. It’s a great place. You can eat when you want to eat, there’s no set time. Everyone has their own room. I guess this is my way of trying to give back.”

It’s also an opportunity for Omega House to do a fundraising event on the north end of the Keweenaw Peninsula, said Carol Pfefferkorn, events and outreach coordinator.

“We have events we do in the Keweenaw, but we really haven’t been up to Copper Harbor,” she said.

Omega House is hoping to get 100 anglers up to Copper Harbor for the event.

All proceeds go to help to continue the care Omega House provides. About 300 people have stayed at Omega House since it opened seven years ago, Pfefferkorn said. And with a per diem cost of $210, many residents are unable to pay the full amount.

“Between our endowment fund and events that we plan, that money helps to defray the cost of a resident’s stay,” she said.

Even if people don’t fish, they can buy a ticket and be eligible for door prizes, Paulson said.

“You don’t have to fish or anything,” he said. “We just want people to come out.”

For more information, call Omega House at 482-4438.