ESCANABA - Members of the community packed the Danforth Place Thursday to celebrate good people and things happening in Delta County. It was the 19th anniversary for the MASH Good Deed dinner, an annual event of the Community Foundation for Delta County. As in past years, the event had a sports theme. Featured speaker was former NFL player Jim Flanigan.
Several awards were presented during the night to recognize the "good deeds" of residents and agencies in the area.
The Mary L. Cretens Good Deed Award was given to the Delta County Cancer Alliance. The award was accepted by Alliance member Cheri Severinsen. The group mission is to aid local cancer patients. Severinsen told the crowd the Alliance has given out well over $800,000 over its history to meet the needs of local cancer patients.
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Delta County Cancer Alliance president Cheri Severinsen receives the Dr. Mary L. Cretens’ “Good Deed” Award from Alice Butch, Community Foundation board chairperson.
The Most Valuable Player Award was given to Honor Flight, represented by organizers Barb Van Rooy and Paula Waeghe. The group arranges to fly World War II veterans from the Upper Peninsula to Washington D.C. to visit the World War II Memorial there. So far, two flights have taken veterans to the memorial. A third flight is scheduled for next week - Thursday, Sept. 27. The flight will leave early that morning from the Delta County Airport and return that evening. The women asked residents come to the Delta County Airport by 9 p.m. that night to welcome the veterans back home after their trip.
A special award was given to Marquette General Hospital for its efforts in uniting with Duke Lifepoint Healthcare last month. It was described as a move that will improve health care for the U.P. The hospital was also recognized for opening the new Doctors Park facility in Escanaba - a $12 million investment by Duke Lifepoint Healthcare. A ribbon cutting ceremony was also held at the new Doctors Park Thursday.
Also receiving special recognition for community philanthropy was Dr. John and Mary Jane Beaumier. The couple recently donated $1 million to refurbish the Delta County Historical Museum at Ludington Park.
Robert S. Collier, president/CEO of the Council of Michigan Foundations, praise the Community Foundation for Delta County for its work here and the efforts for its board and executive director, Gary LaPlant. LaPlant thanked the community for its support of the Community Foundation over the years.
Special guest for the evening was former NFL player James Flanigan. Flanigan was the 2001 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. He played for the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles. He played college football for Notre Dame. Flanigan's father also played for the Packers.
Since leaving the NFL, Flanigan has become the co-founder and managing director of Granite Hall Partners, Inc. It is a private investment firm that performs investment services for non-profit agencies. Flanigan and his family reside in Green Bay.
Flanigan praised the work of non-profit agencies and the Community Foundation.