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Lights of Love raise thousands, remember and honor hundreds

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HANCOCK – The Portage Hospital Auxiliary held its annual Lights of Love Tree-Lighting Ceremony Wednesday in the Portage Health Conference Center. Each year, community members are invited to honor or memorialize loved ones by reserving a light in their name. Names are displayed in the hospital’s lobby during the holiday season, and read aloud during the tree-lighting ceremony.

All proceeds fund scholarships designated for students from Houghton, Baraga, Keweenaw or Ontonagon counties studying in a healthcare field. This year more than $3,000 was raised through the program. Portage Health is donating an additional $2,000, allowing the auxiliary to award $5,000 in scholarships.

“This year Lights of Love was received well,” said Fayth Wolfe, chair of the Lights of Love committee within the Portage Hospital Auxiliary. “We’re extremely excited to be help local students who are pursuing careers in healthcare.”

More than 300 people were honored or remembered at the ceremony.

“This is a very spiritual moment for many people in our community,” said Wolfe.

To see photos from the ceremony and a full list of those honored or remembered, visit

$40,000 donated to auxiliary from gift shop in 2012

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HANCOCK – The Guilded Rose Gift Shop, located in the Portage Health lobby, donated $40,000 to the Portage Hospital Auxiliary in 2012.

2012 Gift Shop Donation to Auxiliary

Ronda Bogan (left) presents a check for $40,000 to Portage Hospital Auxiliary President Barbara Worral. The donation is from the Guilded Rose Gift Shop, which has donated more than $400,000 to the auxiliary since 1998.

“This money is used to improve services for our community,” said Ronda Bogan, who manages the gift shop while serving on the Portage Hospital Auxiliary. “Since 1998, we’ve donated more than $400,000, which allows Portage Health to continue to grow, funding things that the hospital usually wouldn’t be able to do.”

Recently, auxiliary funding has gone to remodeling the Infusion Center, purchasing Stryker beds for the emergency department and new radiation equipment for mammograms.

“We’re focused on bettering our community,” said Bogan.

On Wednesday, Bogan presented a check for $15,000 for the auxiliary. This is the final gift for 2012. $25,000 was donated in September. The gift shop is a non-profit organization with no paid employees. Volunteers staff all shifts, including a Saturday shift from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that was added this year.

To learn more about the Guilded Rose Gift Shop visit


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