Keweenaw Gold 2016


Celebrating Our Community Rocks!

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A huge thank you to everyone who helped make Keweenaw Gold a success!

Our annual Keweenaw Gold fundraiser was held on March, 22nd. Over $33,000 was raised in total, which will go to supporting our mission of “inspiring giving that invests in our community’s quality of life.”

CFCWe would like to thank the Continental Fire Co. for hosting the event, Shelden Grill for catering it, and Clay Hilman of K.C. Bonkers Toy and Coffee Shop for providing music on the keyboard. We would also like to recognize the wonderful performances by members of the Keweenaw Youth Symphony Orchestra (led by Milt Olsson) and P.J. Olsson’s Rock Camp.

Two awards were presented during the evening. The Herman “Winks” Gundlach, Jr. Award was presented to Joe Kirkish for giving to 17 different organizations’ endowments last year. The 2015 Community Volunteer Award went to Carolyn Peterson for her work with the Alive Inside program, which brings personalized music to residents of area nursing homes through the technology of iPods, headsets, and iTunes.

Attendees had the chance to join the Keweenaw Gold Club by purchasing a tile made from minerals from the Clark Mine in Copper Harbor. Half of the proceeds went to support the endowment of their choice. This year, $5,400 was raised from the Keweenaw Gold Club, the proceeds of which went to 11 different organizations.

We want to give a huge thank you to our sponsors for the evening, which included Copper Harbor Boatworks, Aspirus Keweenaw, UP Health Portage, Edward Jones, Mount Bohemia, Pat’s Foods and Festival Foods, The Keweenaw Rocks, Bernadette Yeoman-Ouellette and Chuck Ouellette, Eliason Law, Keweenaw Brewing Company, Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union, Portage Health Foundation, Range Bank, Superior National Bank, and the Wickley Agency.

Last but not least, we want to thank everyone who attended the event. Our theme this year was “Our Community Rocks”, and our community certainly demonstrated that. You helped make it a success, and we look forward to working with you over the course of the next year.

In the News

Click HERE for a Keweenaw Report piece regarding Keweenaw Gold and its results.

Click HERE for a TV6 segment highlighting members of the Keweenaw Youth Symphony Orchestra who performed!

Click HERE for an ABC10 segment highlighting Keweenaw Gold and the mineral tiles available for purchase for charity!

Click HERE for a Daily Mining Gazette article about the Keweenaw Gold Club and the minerals from the Clark Mine!


Clay Hilman from K.C. Bonker’s Toy and Coffee Shop provided background music on the keyboard.

There were amazing performances from members of the Keweenaw Youth Symphony Orchestra (KYSO) and P.J. Olsson’s Rock Camp. KYSO is operated by the Copper Country Suzuki Association.

Sul Ponticello String Quartet  (Sool Pon-tih-chello) – Mozart “Eine Kleine Nacht Music,” First Movement

  •             Seth Helman, Violin I (KYSO and PJORC)
  •             Bria Neves, Violin II (KYSO)
  •             Ellie Helman, Viola (KYSO and PJORC)
  •             Margaret Ensminger, Cello (KYSO)

NO NAME Rock Band – Two songs:  “Iris” and “Walk the Moon”

  •             Ellie Helman, Vocals and Guitar  (KYSO and PJORC)
  •             Noah Gershenson, Guitar
  •             Clayton Bulleit, Bass
  •             Seth Helman, Drums  (KYSO and PJORC)

Solo by Vanessa DuLong and her Guitar   (KYSO and PJORC) – TBA

KYSO/PJOROC Finale – Trans Siberian Orchestra’s “Dreams of Fireflies”

  •             Seth Helman, Violin I  (KYSO and PJORC)
  •             Ellie Helman, Violin II  (KYSO and PJORC)
  •             Phoebe Hu, Keyboards  (KYSO)
  •             Noah Gershenson, Guitar  (PJORC)
  •             Vanessa DuLong, Bass (PJORC)
  •             Jaron Hembroff, Drums (PJORC)

Keweenaw Gold 2016 Sponsors – Thank You!!

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Rukkila Negro & Associates
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Ameriprise Financial 2
Portage Health Foundation
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Portage Health Foundation

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