HANCOCK - On Tuesday, the Portage Health Foundation and the Keweenaw Health Foundation presented a $5,000 check to Barb Rose of the Keweenaw Community Foundation for the benefit of the Copper Country Junior Hockey Association and Calumet Hockey Association.
The money was raised through the recent Hockey for Health event, which about 800 people attended. The event featured a community expo, open skate and for-fun hockey game.
Portage Health Foundation Executive Director Kevin Store said it was important to give to the hockey associations to encourage physical activity among today's youth in order to fight childhood obesity.
Store added he hopes to see some of the money go toward improvement of the hockey facilities.
"It is our understanding that both hockey associations have rink improvements being planned," Store said.
Keweenaw Health Foundation Executive Director Matt Vertin said he's glad both hospitals came come together to raise funds for the common good.
"It's important because both foundations and hospitals give back to the community on a regular basis, but also to serve what we feel is a long-serving pastime in our community, that being the sport of hockey," Vertin said.
According to Vertin, the Calumet Hockey Association is looking for a new scoreboard and a new ice resurfacing machine. While it need more money than what was raised, the money raised will help the club get started.
"These are all major dollar projects and they're going to need support from the community far beyond what we were able to do, but the fact that we could start some of those funds and drive them forward is really what we're trying to do."
KCF Executive Director Barb Rose said she's thrilled because the hockey funds are some of the first ones she developed.
"Making it more sustainable is just a dream for them and us," Rose said. "So we thank them for for doing such a wonderful thing, particularly at Christmas for kids."
The $5,000 will be split evenly between the Calumet Hockey Association's C-L-K Youth Hockey Fund and the Copper Country Youth Hockey Fund.