20 years of thanks From the Keweenaw Community Foundation

The Keweenaw Community Foundation had a wonderful “golden evening” at its “Keweenaw Gold – 20th Year Celebration” evening at the Continental Fire Hall on Jan. 29. It was a blustery winter evening but people drove, walked and hurried to the event to celebrate something they truly support.

We especially want to thanks all our guests. They enjoyed the very luscious dining by Chef Mark Pittillo that included birthday petit fours and champagne as he toasted the 20 years of KCF, and had a wonderful time at a venue that radiates a party atmosphere.

The foundation wants to honor our sponsors: Silver Sponsors included Aspirus Keweenaw and Portage Health. Bronze Sponsorships, included Ameriprise, Inc., Edward Jones (Bob Nelson, Brent Peterson and Steve Zutter); Terry Kinzel and Sue Ellen Kingsley, Northern Mutual Insurance Company, Bernadette Yeoman-Ouellette and Chuck Ouellette and Pat’s Foods/Festival Foods. The Copper Sponsorships included the Daily Mining Gazette, Keweenaw Brewing Company, Paul and Robertine Freshwater, the Marketing Department, Inc., superior national Bank and Trust Company, ThermoAnlalytics, Inc. and the Wickley Agency. Others included the Michigan Tech Employee’s Credit Union. All of these organization, businesses and individuals have shown continued support of the events of the Community Foundation for many years and they have been there to stand behind their community. We thank them all.

We also want to acknowledge Jim Bogan, who led the audience through the high pts. of the last 20 years of the foundation in a very inclusive presentation. He, himself, served as chair of the organization for ten years and was the leader that encouraged its growth within the Keweenaw.

Mike Rose was honored for his volunteerism as founder of the Keweenaw Brewfest, Stephany Cook was acknowledged for her volunteerism within the community but especially with Brewfest, and Ann Clancy-Klemme for the development and management of CAMP 911 for twenty years.

Joe Kirkish received that Winks Gunlach Award as the largest donor of the year, and the James C. LaBelle trust was honored for the same award. Thanks for all the wonderful gifts that were created for the people of the Keweenaw that enrich and sustain their lives.

Also, the YAC (Youth Advisory Council) of the foundation helped by escorting people in and out as well as running the coat check box. They were happy to help and we showed them an evening of foundation fun and commitment.

We look forward to next year’s special evening and hope that you all will attend BREWFEST 2014 on August 16 of this year. It is a more casual fundraiser for the foundation.


Barbara A. Rose

Executive Director