To the editor:
The Omega House board of directors, members of staff and volunteers would like to thank everyone who contributed to a successful 1st Annual Hike for the House, which took place on a soggy, rainy morning, Oct. 6 at the Michigan Tech/Nara Trails. More than 100 walkers and volunteers showed up with high spirits, welcomed by a surprise visit from Bob and Ruth Nara, who welcomed hikers. As they started out, the sun streaked through the clouds.
The success of the hike was made possible by financial contributors and volunteers. Pre-registrations from walkers raised more than $2,000, and sponsorships amounted to $9,000.
The financial support we receive through events such as Hike for the House helps Omega House serve all residents who turn to us for end-of-life care. No one is turned away from Omega House for financial reasons. Donations from members of the community ensure that residents who do not have the means to pay receive "the next best thing to home" at Omega House.
Our thanks to Portage Health, Portage Health Home Care & Hospice, Aspirus Keweenaw, Aspirus Keweenaw Home Health & Hospice, BlueSky Health, Christine and Bob Bohnsack, CertainTeed Ceilings, Tadych's Econo Foods, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Joe and Gail Evans, Angie Whitten at J. Jukuri, Hannula Insurance Agency, Harmony Gardens Adult Day Center, Michigan Tech Athletics & Recreation, Michigan Tech Employees Credit Union, Surplus Outlet and UPPCO. Contributors included The Daily Mining Gazette, Downwind Sports, Festival Foods, Jim's Foodmart, the Keweenaw Co-op and Ray's Polish Fire.
Finally, our heartfelt thanks to the 50 volunteers who helped with efforts leading up to and the day of the hike: Finlandia University students, members of the Kiwanis Key Club, Michigan Tech First Responders, Michigan Tech Pre-Health Association students and employees of Portage Health.
OMEGA HOUSE BOARD
Mike Abbott, Jeff Huotari, MD
Sig Janners, MD