Banks in region raise funds for flood relief

Two banks in the region have announced donations made to help with relief efforts in the Copper Country after the devastating flooding that swept through June 17.

First National Bank & Trust, based in Iron Mountain, donated more than $2,000 in cash to the Portage Health Foundation through Superior National Bank and Trust for supplies and materials.

First National Bank & Trust also teamed up with Norway Springs, Inc. to provide a pallet of bottled water that was brought to Bergeron Toyota in Iron Mountain and transported to the Houghton area by Ryan Rea the week after the flooding.

In addition, through an employee fundraiser, the bank purchased diapers and wipes that were transported by 41 Lumber, along with their own relief effort contributions.

“We are so proud to be rooted in our strong Yooper community and to see all of the many area businesses and individuals who have contributed their time and resources,” said Jody Beauchamp of First National Bank & Trust.

Those who want to help further can contact the Portage Health Foundation at 906-523-5920 for more information.

Officials with Marquette-based Range Bank said they have provided $25,000 and aim to double that amount by setting up a Copper Country Relief Fund.

“We hope this donation helps alleviate some of the burden for the community,” said Roxanne Daust, president and CEO of Range Bank.

All funds raised will go directly to the Portage Health Foundation, a non-profit organization that is working with the local emergency management team to coordinate relief efforts.

Additionally, Range Bank has set up a beneficiary fund for Thatcher Markham, the 12-year-old who died after being trapped when flash flooding and mudslides collapsed the basement in his family home in Houghton County.

To donate to the Copper Country Relief Fund, go to and click on the Donate button. Donations to the Copper Country Relief Fund and Markhams Benefit also will be accepted at all 12 Range Bank branch offices in Marquette, Dickinson and Houghton counties or by mailing donations to the Houghton office at 19320 Jacker Ave., Houghton, MI 49931.

Checks should be made payable either to the Copper Country Relief Fund or Markhams Benefit.