MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – The Superior Health Foundation hosted their 8th annual Gala in the spacious new ballroom of Northern Michigan University Saturday.
Executive Director, Jim LaJoie says the gala has grown by leaps and bounds since it was first established.
More than 400 people attended the lavish evening which serves as the largest fund raiser of the year for the foundation. Last year’s gala netted just over $82,000 for SHF and LaJoie says he expects to raise more than $90,000 this year.
The night included hors d’oeuvres, a fabulous dinner prepared by Simply Superior Catering, prizes, and live music the Pulse and 80s band from Detroit.
LaJoie and the staff at SHF called on some old favorites to provide entertainment and to help boost the fund raising efforts. The prize wheel featured donated 30 prizes of worth $100 or more. Silent auction items featured President’s box seats for NMU Hockey, Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and more.
New this year was the locked glass box containing five prizes all valued at $500 or more.
LaJoie says ‘caring for our seniors’ was the focus of this year’s gala. A total of $20,000 was donated to two exclusive gala partners.
“Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly and Hospice of the Eastern U.P. both had projects that would help with seniors. That includes going into seniors homes helping them with cooking, helping them with laundry, taking them out for dinner and to get groceries. Those are the types of things that really provide that kind of companionship that seniors need. So those partners will each be receiving tonight $10,000 as our exclusive gala partners for 2019,” LaJoie announced.
LaJoie says he’s grateful for all the sponsors and individuals from the community that continuously improve support SHF in their efforts to make things better while helping good people across the Upper Peninsula.
“We’re all about partnerships. We’re all about collaborations and we always have an open door to listen to what can we do to work together to solve health issues in the Upper Peninsula and this is one venue where we can share our mission, talk with other people and really accentuate the good things we do for the people of the U.P.” LaJoie concluded.
Click here to learn more about the Superior Health Foundation at their website.