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Hockey for Health raises $5,000 for youth hockey foundations

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HANCOCK – The Keweenaw Health Foundation and Portage Health Foundation presented a $5,000 check to the Keweenaw Community Foundation on Tuesday, Dec. 18, for the Copper Country Junior Hockey Association and Calumet Hockey Association after the inaugural Hockey for Health.

Hockey for Health Check Presentation 2012

Matt Vertin, executive director of the Keweenaw Health Foundation, left, and Kevin Store, executive director of the Portage Health Foundation, present a $5,000 check to Barb Rose from the Hockey for Health event. Rose is the executive director of the Keweenaw Community Foundation, which overseas the Copper Country Junior Hockey Foundation and C-L-K Youth Hockey Foundation. The two youth hockey foundations are splitting the $5,000, which was raised at Hockey for Health.

“The community support we received for this event was unprecedented,” said Matt Vertin, executive director of the Keweenaw Health Foundation.

It’s estimated that about 800 people attended the event, which featured an open skate, community expo and for-fun hockey game featuring employees from Portage Health and Aspirus Keweenaw.

“This was a great collaborative effort,” said Kevin Store, executive director of the Portage Health Foundation. “We had a lot of encouraging feedback and people were really pleased to see our organizations working together for this cause.”

The $5,000 donation will be split evenly between the CHA’s C-L-K Youth Hockey Fund and the Copper Country Youth Hockey Fund, specially allocated for use by the CCJHA.

“The event was extremely successful,” said Vertin. “We couldn’t be happier to make such a large contribution to these organizations.”

The event was on Nov. 10 at Michigan Technological University’s Student Development Complex. More information on the event can be found at

Support group schedule for first half of 2013 finalized

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HANCOCK – Portage Health is continually looking to improve the health of our community. In these efforts Portage Health offers a bereavement support group and a caregiver support group. The schedule for these support groups for the first half of 2013 has been finalized.

“The bereavement support group provides a safe and supportive space where an individual can share, be supported and cared for as they learn to live without their loved one,” said Carol Olsen, medical social worker with Portage Health Home Care.

The bereavement group meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 4 p.m. at the Portage Health Home Care office on Water Street in Hancock. The caregiver support group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month, at The Bluffs.

“The caregiver support group provides a safe and supportive place to share feelings, frustrations and concerns,” said Olsen.

All support groups are free and open to anyone. No reservations are needed. A schedule for the first six months of 2013 is below. Additional information, and a full schedule can always be found at

Bereavement Support Groups (first Wednesday, 4 p.m.) 

  • January 2nd – 4 p.m.
  • February 6th – 4 p.m.
  • March 6th – 4 p.m.
  • April 3rd – 4 p.m.
  • May 1st – 4 p.m.
  • June 5th – 4 p.m.

Caregiver Support Groups (third Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.) 

  • January 16 – 1:30 p.m.
  • February 20 – 1:30 p.m.
  • March 20 – 1:30 p.m.
  • April 17 – 1:30 p.m.
  • May 15 – 1:30 p.m.
  • June 19 – 1:30 p.m.

During the Holiday season additional bereavement support group meetings are taking place each Thursday through Jan. 3. Meetings are at 10:30 a.m. at the Kangas Café. See our press release about the added sessions for more information.


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