United Way of Marquette Co. thanks donors

Mark & Christine at Campaign Celebration with Linda St. Arnauld

Mark Canale (left) and Christine Pesola (middle) accepted the plaques from United Way’s Board President, Linda St. Arnauld (right).

United Way of Marquette County recently thanked the 2012-13 Campaign Co-chairs with wall plaques for their service.  Mark Canale (left) and Christine Pesola (middle) accepted the plaques from United Way’s Board President, Linda St. Arnauld (right).  Canale and Pesola worked tirelessly to champion the campaign and made presentations at dozens of workplaces, asking employees to join the cause.

Workplace Coordinators at Campaign Celebration 4.24.13

United Way Workplace Coordinators

  The United Way thanked the workplace coordinators, who handle the fundraising campaign among the employees where they work.  They distribute the information, arrange presentations, encourage participation and collect the pledges for the United Way.

Highest Per Cap UPS

UPS Manager Jim St. Onge holds the award for this year. St. Onge is also a member of the Board of Directors of United Way of Marquette County.

 UPS employees pledged the largest amount per employee of any other workplace.  Every single employee participates in the campaign, and the average donation was over $231.  This is the seventh year in a row that they have earned this distinct honor.


Snyder Drug Largest Increase

 Snyder Drug earned the award for Highest Percent Increase in campaign pledges over the previous year.  Snyder Drug employees have always been quite generous, and this year they increased their giving by 561%.

At right,  Snyder Drug manager, Ron Katers accepts the award from United Way Board member, Dick Graybill.


The United Way of Marquette County   GOLD AWARDS (( Businesses and their employees who have raised $1000 or more))

Advanced Center for Orthopedics


American of Marquette

AT & T

Bay Cliff Health Camp

Bell Hospital

Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI

Canale Tonella Funeral Home

Child & Family Services of the U.P.

Chocolay Township

City of Marquette Employees

Cliffs Natural Resources

Cliffs Technology Center

Combined Federal Campaign

County of Marquette Employees

Eastwood Nursing Center

Enterprise Holdings

Eye Associates of Marquette

Frei Chevrolet, Inc.

Grandchamp, McBride & Prophet, CPA PC

Graybill & Mead PLLC

Great Lakes Recovery Centers

Hirvonen Foundation

Holiday, Ramada, Hampton Inns


Landmark Inn

L S & I Railroad

Makela, Toutant, Hill & Nardi, PC

Marquette Alger RESA

Marquette Area Public Schools

Marquette Board of Light & Power

Marquette County Habitat for Humanity

Marquette General Health System


Northern Initiatives

Northern Michigan University

 Osstyn, Ferns & Quinnell

Range Bank


Rio Tinto

SEMCO Energy, Inc.

Shopko of Marquette

SIR Federal Credit Union

Snyder Drug

State Employees Charitable Campaign


Superior Extrusion

Superior Psychological Services

Swanson & Associates


The Mining Journal

The Peninsula Bank

UAW Local 2178

United Parcel Service

U.P. Catholic Credit Union

U.P. Health Plan

U.P. Power Company

United Way of Marquette County

United Way for Southeast Michigan




WE Energies

Wells Fargo

West Ishpeming Dental Center

Willow Farms


Wolverine Worldwide, Inc.


The United Way of Marquette County SILVER AWARDS  (( Businesses and their employees who have raised $500-$999))

Goal Thermometer 100%



Ameriprise-Barton Negri & Associatesb

Ameriprise-Larry Larson

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Casa Calabria

Citizen’s Bank

City Insurance

Cowell & LaPointe

Eli Lilly

Employee Benefits Agency

Federal Express

Great Lakes Center for Youth Development

Holli Forest Products

Ishpeming Rotary Club



Lake Superior Community Partnership

Lake Superior Hospice

Look Realty

Marquette County Health Department

NICE Community Schools

Northern Michigan Bank & Trust

Northern Natural Gas

Pediatric Specialists

Reinhart Food Services

River Valley State Bank

United Way of Greater Chippewa Valley

U.P. Medical Center

Women’s Center/Harbor House



The United Way of Marquette County BRONZE AWARDS  (( Businesses and their employees who have raised $250-$499))

AAA Michigan

Alzheimer’s Association


Gwinn Area Community Schools

Ishpeming Community Federal Credit Union

Lake Superior Community Partnership

Kriegel Construction

Lutheran Social Services

Marquette Community Federal Credit Union

Medical Care Access Coalition

Negaunee Senior Center

Richardson Jewelers


Spartan Stores

Superior Rehabilitation & Professional Services

Washington Shoe Store


Board of Directors 12.20.12

Shown at the December board meeting are: Christine Pesola and Mark Canale, (seated in front) Back, left to right: Barb Meyer, Dianne Giddens, Suzanne Sharland-Hemmila Kathy Maki, Michele Moran, Dick Graybill, Ward Rantala, Hugh Miller, Jeff Bero, Dennis Smith, Kara Katona, Sue Minckler and EJ Kutchie. Board members not present: Linda St. Arnauld, Kevin Manninen, Jim St. Onge, Debbie Hatcher, Waino Liuha, Stu Bradley, Bruce Miller, Bob Toutant, Ed Sloan, and Rob Jamros.

Other businesses assisted with the United Way of Marquette County campaign by providing in-kind contributions and sponsorships.



Border Grill



Dr. James Jackson, D.D.S.

Holiday Inn

iO Developments

Lake Superior Press

Landmark Inn

Makela, Toutant, Hill & Nardi

Peninsula Medical

Pioneer Surgical


Semco Energy

Super One Foods

Superior Rehab & Prof. Services

Tadych’s Econo Foods

U.P. Catholic Credit Union



Ward Beverage

WE Energy Foundation

The United way also issued a special appreciation to  the media partners, who donate thousands of dollars worth of PR and publicity to help the agency each year.Media Consortium Logos June 2013

In Honor of Waino

Waino with State Certificate


Last, but certainly not least, The United Way issued a special recognition of the late Wai

no Liuha, a dedicated and committed United Way Board member and one of our staunchest advocates for decades.
He passed away in December, and leaves behind a legacy of caring, commitment, kindness and volunteerism.  Our community is a better place for having had Waino.