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Portage Health Foundation to Be Honored Tonight

A Copper Country organization and a Marquette woman will be among those sharing the spotlight at the Governor’s Service Awards Ceremony tonight in Detroit.

The organization is the Portage Health Foundation, which is being honored for its work in helping the Keweenaw recover from last year’s Father’s Day Flood. Through its Flood With Love campaign, the Foundation raised nearly a million dollars in donations, and added more than a million dollars from its own funds to help pay for repairs, and underwrite relief efforts. It will be one of five groups named as an “Outstanding Volunteer Program.”

The woman is 86-year-old Grace LaValley, who has donated nearly 5,000 hours of service to the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans over the past 20 years. She will be one of seven “Senior Volunteers of the Year.”

There are 43 Governor’s Service Award Winners in all, including individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations that were selected for their commitment to volunteerism, service or philanthropy. See the full list here.

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