West End Health Foundation awards fall grants at Business After Hours

ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC) - It was a full agenda at Wednesday's Business After Hours held at Rock River Lanes in Ishpeming.

In addition to the usual networking, there was a promotion for an event to benefit the R.A.M.B.A. trails. But most importantly, it was the celebration for the West End Health Foundation to distribute their grants.

"Tonight's event is to highlight all of the wonderful programs going on in our community and for us to be supporting them," says Pam Roose, Vice President of the West End Health Foundation. "So it'll be a exciting night."

This year, over $123,000 was given in grants, from Feeding America West Michigan, to local schools.

One group that received a grant for $6,000 was the Ishpeming Ski Club.

"We have a very strong need for new ski jumping equipment," says Gary Rasmussen, head ski jump coach for the Ishpeming Ski Club. "We've got a real nice crop of kids jumping out at Suicide Bowl now and our equipment is getting old and depleted and dilapidated."

Rasmussen expressed that he's very thankful to be getting money to allow them to upgrade their equipment.

"This is an opportunity for us to obtain a sum of money that we would never otherwise receive," says Rasmussen. "We work so hard for dollars and cents throughout the year."

Regardless of specifics, the West End Health Foundation is simply looking to improve community health.

"We hope that they focus on our area and improving the health of our community," says Roose. "It could be mental health, physical health, social, so there's many different aspects."