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Portage Health donates $25,000 for Tree House indoor playground

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  Portage Health president and CEO Jim Bogan, third from left, donates $25,000 to Keweenaw Family Resource Center design committee chair Monica Aho during a ceremony held December 7 at the Tree House indoor playground in Houghton. Also present are from left, industrial engineer Renata Sommerville, Portage Health pediatric occupational therapist Jonathan Packham, KFRC executive director Cathy Benda and sitting with children, Tree House project chair Jessica DellaValla.
 Note: This was originally posted on: 12/08/2009 


HANCOCK — Portage Health has donated $25,000 to the Keweenaw Family Resource Center for an indoor playground project.

The "Tree House" will be an indoor playground and exploration space for children age newborn to 5 years and their parents or caregivers to enjoy open play and parent/child activities. Featuring a large indoor tree house climbing structure, a lily pond for toddlers, quiet areas and other activity areas, the playground is located in the Red Ridge Plaza on Sharon Avenue in Houghton. Construction is expected to be completed in January 2010.

"Portage Health is proud to partner with the Keweenaw Family Resource Center on the Tree House project," said Portage Health president and CEO Jim Bogan. "The long winters here inhibit opportunities for children to play and develop their motor skills. We are pleased to support this initiative which is in direct keeping with our mission of improving the quality of life for community members of all ages."

Keweenaw Family Resource Center executive director Cathy Benda said the Tree House differs from preschool and daycare facilities in that parents and caregivers stay and play with their children in a warm, clean, stimulating environment where other families and children are present.

"We are grateful to have the support of Portage Health for this project," Benda said. "We are thrilled by this donation to help us maintain and improve the health and wellbeing for children and families in our community."

For more information on the Keweenaw Family Resource Center and the Tree House indoor playground, visit

Note: This was originally posted on: 12/08/2009 

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