Foundation awards $30,000 in grants
ISHPEMING — The Western Marquette County Health Foundation presented checks to several different organizations Thursday to promote health and wellness solutions in the area.
The foundation awarded just over $30,000 to seven different groups, ranging from Cancer Care of Marquette County to the Range Area Mountain Bike Association (RAMBA). Each of the recipients applied for the funds as part of the foundation’s fall grant cycle.
RAMBA plans on using the $10,000 they received to put up trail signs.
“Our trail system has existed for almost 20 years, but it’s been unknown to anyone that’s trying to go out there because there’s never been signage,” said Tyler Gauthier, a RAMBA Board Member. “Everyday users, our communities and visitors can enjoy the trails, know where they’re going and most importantly not get lost,” he added.
“It kind of feels like putting Christmas presents under the tree for my family,” said WCMHF Trustee Mike Prusi. “It’s a good feeling knowing that our foundation is starting to help the health outcomes which is our mission.”
Michigamme Township was among the grant cycle winners. They received just under $3,000 to purchase fitness equipment to help residents who suffer from obesity and other chronic conditions.