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MAY 2018
Mantta Donates To
Beacon House
MARQUETTE, Mich. - LeeAnn Mantta is a high school junior at Jeffers Highschool in Painsedale, MI, and understands the importance of helping others. She has also found a very creative way to bring a communi- ty together and help a cause near to her heart. As part of her National Honor Society (NHS) service project, Mantta recently delivered her second donation to Beacon House of nearly $400 of toiletries, office supplies, and other items on Beacon House’s Wishlist, and is close to raising $4,000 in monetary donations.
“At my school we have the National Honors Society,” says Mantta. “We get to do a service project each year, so I chose the Beacon House because I thought it would be a perfect candi- date for that.”
The NHS is an organization dedicat- ed to recognizing excellence in middle and high school students. NHS hon- ors students who have excelled in scholarship, leadership, service and character. Participating students are recognized for their work and chal- lenged to develop their character through civil service.
Mantta says she chose Beacon House because her parents were guests dur- ing her father’s stay at UPHS- Marquette for radiation and chemotherapy. LeeAnn’s father, Robert was diagnosed with cancer and traveled to Marquette for frequent oncology appointments, using Beacon House as a home away from home. The Manttas say he’s doing well con- sidering the circumstances and notes the Beacon House has been very help- ful to the family.
“After 10 radiation treatments and seven chemotherapies, they have reduced the cancer by twenty five per- cent,” says Robert Mantta. “A big thank you to the Beacon House for making my treatment more bearable, with a nice place to stay.”
“I chose the Beacon House because my dad was in the hospital and they let my parents stay there, which was pretty nice, so I wanted to give back.,” adds LeeAnn. “I collected things mainly through Holy Family Church Catholic Church in South Range and St. Ignatius in Houghton and did monetary collections as well.”
On behalf of NHS, LeeAnn Mantta collected toilet paper, bar soap, kitchen items, copy paper, and clean- ing supplies for Beacon House amounting to around $400 in value. Mantta also went to Copper Country
businesses and raised $1,900 for the non-profit organization. She then did a collection at church and raised another over $1,400 from parish- ioners, and she says she’s not done yet.
“It’s great to see young people like LeAnn show such compassion for our guests,” says Beacon House Public Relations Manager Andrew Lorinser. “We are blessed this next generation of philanthropists knows the value of contributing to causes like ours. LeAnn’s donation is huge. We are very impressed with the time and efforts she’s expended to make such an impact.”
Beacon House says no donated item goes to waste. “We have specific things on our Wishlist. Donations don’t always have to be monetary,” says Lorinser. “LeAnn stepped up huge financially for Beacon House, but she also provided much-needed supplies for our guests. Her generosity will go a long way. “
Mantta says while she collected donations, she often got positive feed- back from people in the Copper Country who either once stayed at Beacon House or knew of someone who stayed at Beacon House. She says everyone was excited to donate to her NHS project. Beacon House is the Upper Peninsula’s only hospitality house, serving patients of UPHS - Marquette and the Upper Peninsula Medical Center from every county in the U.P., and a large portion of their donors reside in the Copper Country.
“It’s nice to pay it forward, because not everyone has everything you have,” says Mantta. “I encourage peo- ple to definitely donate, because Beacon House is pretty snazzy.”
For more information about con- tributing to Beacon House’s Wishlist visit
LaFave Named Manager
of Loan Department
KINGSFORD — Carol LaFave has been promoted to loan department manager at the Iron Mountain Kingsford Community Federal Credit Union. LaFave started with IMKCFCU in 1976 as a teller. She
was moved up to head teller in 1979, then became general assistant in 1985, a position she had until she was named loan officer in 1994.
“Carol is a valuable asset to our cred- it union family. She continues to strive for excellence and that is why we are so happy to offer her this opportunity for advancement,” CEO Scott Dickman said.
The Iron Mountain Kingsford Community Federal Credit Union has been serving the area since 1948.
The IMKCFCU now has more than 12,000 members in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and northeast Wisconsin.
Nurse Practitioner To Join Kingsford Clinic
KINGSFORD — Linda Opsahl, a certified family nurse practitioner with special training in rural health, will join the UP Health System- Kingsford Family Medicine clinic in Kingsford.
A native of the Kingsford area, Opsahl has been practicing here for more than 20 years. She received her doctorate of nursing practice from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and a master of science in nursing from Northern Michigan University in Marquette.
As a family nurse practitioner, Opsahl provides primary health care services to people of all ages, with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. Family nurse prac- titioners provide services such as phys- ical exams, management of acute and chronic illness, ordering and inter- preting diagnostic studies, prescribing medications and other therapies, minor procedures and collaborating and providing consultation with other health care providers.
“Having a primary care provider will help you stay healthier as you age,” Opsahlsaid. TheUPHealthSystem- Kingsford Family Medicine clinic is at 800 East Boulevard in Kingsford.
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