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There are so many ways to win during the 2017 U.P. Celebrity Golf Classic for Beacon House.

On each of the designated courses, we have invited two of the world’s longest professional drivers. Bobby Bradley and Mick Yelovich will tee off for you on a par 5. They each can launch the ball over 400 yards, getting you in chipping range of a hole-in-two!

Your entire team will have to opportunity to sink the second shot and win a two night stay at Pebble Beach Lodge. You’ll be rewarded with complimentary rounds of golf for two at Pebble Beach, Spyglass, and Spanish Bay, a total of six rounds of golf. The prize includes American Airlines airfare and lodging to San Francisco, CA.


Bobby Bradley has participated in over 500 Charity Golf Events since 2009. Over the first 7 years as an entertainer, Bobby has been able to generate Millions of Dollars in charitable contributions for various charities around the United States and Canada.

  • Hometown – Wellington, FL
  • 1st Round 8th Overall Draft Pick for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1999
  • 1999 USA Today 1st Team High School All American
  • 9 World Championship Appearances (2007 – 2015)
  • 2013 – 2016 Callaway Long Drive Team Member
  • Highest Finishes at the World Championships (10th in 2009 and 14th in 2011)
  • Driver = Callaway XR16 5 Degree LD Pro
  • Shaft = House Of Forged Platinum Edition
  • Longest Competition Drive = 465 Yards (2014 RE/MAX World Championships)
  • Longest Non Competitive Drive = 514 Yards (Greywalls Country Club, Marquette, MI)

Since 2011, Mick has participated at over 250 events throughout the United States and generated over $1,000,000.00 in charitable contributions.

  • 7 World Championship Appearances (2009 – 2015)
  • Highest Finish – 3rd place at the 2009 RE/MAX Worlds Championships as a rookie.
  • Driver – Krank Formula 6
  • Shaft – House of Forged Prototype 3X
  • Sponsors – Krank Golf, Hirzl Gloves
  • Longest Drive in Competition – 475 yards at the Soderby Long Drive Classic in Uppsala, Sweden
  • Longest Drive non-competitive – Drove the Par 5 9th Hole at Railside Golf Course in Gibson City, Illinois. 498 yards
  • Winner of the Falls City Shootout in Falls City, Nebraska in 2011
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Beacon House announces $1 million hole-in-one contest

We are in the final stages of planning some EPIC events happening at this year’s Upper Peninsula Celebrity Golf Classic. We have so much fun in store for you, including an opportunity to talk away with $1,000,000 cash!

How it Works

In the week prior to the golf outing, every member of your team will receive their swag-bag and golf shirt. In the bag, we’re including one complimentary raffle ticket for the opportunity for your entire team to shoot for a $1 Million hole in one.

$1 Million Dollar Hole in One

Each golfer will receive a complimentary raffle ticket, and everyone has the ability to purchase extra tickets for $20 each. We will have a drawing for each course; one for Greywalls and one for Heritage.

  • Greywalls Golfers

For Greywalls golfers, if your name is picked in the drawing before the Shot-Gun start and send-off, when you get to the designated par 3 hole on the course, your entire team can drive for a hole-in-one, including the celebrity; one drive per golfer. We will have a PGA Pro witness and the event will be videotaped. If the member of your team gets a hole-in-one, we have a $1 million check for you!

  • Heritage Golfers

Heritage Golfers will have two opportunities to win money.  The raffle ticket winner will enable each of their five person team to drive to win $1,000,000. Each golfer will tee-off to win on Heritage Hole #1, which will be modified to 165 yards for the competition.

Then, we have a $10,000 long-putting contest. The raffle ticket winner (separate from the Hole in One winner) will enable each of their five person team to make a 50 foot putt for $10,000. All will be witnessed by a PGA Pro, the entire Heritage course golfers and will be videotaped.

Ping Pong Ball Drop

We write the name of every guest who purchases a ball for $10 each on a ping pong ball. Then, one of our celebrities is hoisted up into the air over the practice green in a crane operated bucket lift, and drops all the sold balls. The closest ball to the hole wins a set of Ping Golf clubs and bag, worth over $1000.00. When you buy a bag of 15 balls for $100, you also receive a mulligan for the tournament!

Raffle Ticket Availability

During the Match Party on June 21st, multiple volunteers will be selling additional raffle tickets for $20. You receive one complimentary raffle ticket with your swag bag, but an unlimited amount of raffle tickets are available.

We are also selling ping pong balls for $10 prior to the drop.

Good luck! And if you win the $1 million dollars, we have some ideas on how you could spend some of it!! (Hint: Legacy of Love Capital Campaign!)

On each of the designated courses, The U.P. Celebrity Golf Classic has invited two of the world’s longest professional drivers. Bobby Bradley and Mick Yelovich will tee off for you on a par 5. They each can launch the ball over 400 yards, getting you in chipping range of a hole-in-two!

Your entire team will have to opportunity to sink the second shot and win a two night stay at Pepple Beach Lodge. You’ll be rewarded with complimentary rounds of golf for two at Pebble Beach, Spyglass, and Spanish Bay. The prize includes airfare and lodging to San Francisco, CA.


Bobby Bradley has participated in over 500 Charity Golf Events since 2009. Over the first 7 years as an entertainer, Bobby has been able to generate Millions of Dollars in charitable contributions for various charities around the United States and Canada.

  • Hometown – Wellington, FL
  • 1st Round 8th Overall Draft Pick for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1999
  • 1999 USA Today 1st Team High School All American
  • 9 World Championship Appearances (2007 – 2015)
  • 2013 – 2016 Callaway Long Drive Team Member
  • Highest Finishes at the World Championships (10th in 2009 and 14th in 2011)
  • Driver = Callaway XR16 5 Degree LD Pro
  • Shaft = House Of Forged Platinum Edition
  • Longest Competition Drive = 465 Yards (2014 RE/MAX World Championships)
  • Longest Non Competitive Drive = 514 Yards (Greywalls Country Club, Marquette, MI)

Since 2011, Mick has participated at over 250 events throughout the United States and generated over $1,000,000.00 in charitable contributions.

  • 7 World Championship Appearances (2009 – 2015)
  • Highest Finish – 3rd place at the 2009 RE/MAX Worlds Championships as a rookie.
  • Driver – Krank Formula 6
  • Shaft – House of Forged Prototype 3X
  • Sponsors – Krank Golf, Hirzl Gloves
  • Longest Drive in Competition – 475 yards at the Soderby Long Drive Classic in Uppsala, Sweden
  • Longest Drive non-competitive – Drove the Par 5 9th Hole at Railside Golf Course in Gibson City, Illinois. 498 yards
  • Winner of the Falls City Shootout in Falls City, Nebraska in 2011
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Beacon House Welcomes Adam Agee

Beacon House is proud to announce the appearance of Adam Agee at the 2017 Celebrity Golf Classic. Thank you, Adam, for again joining us for this year’s tournament. Adam has also agreed to play a few songs for us during the Match Party. We hope to see you there. Check back in the upcoming weeks as we announce more celebrities. Learn more about the U.P.’s most epic event at UPBH.ORG/UPCGC.

 

Adam Agee is the lead singer for the Grammy and Dove award winning band Audio Adrenaline. He has performed over 2,000 shows and events in 20+ countries around the world. He began his career as a founding member of the Dove award winning band Stellar Kart, and between the two bands has recorded 11 albums during his 17 year career.

He has sold over 500,000 albums worldwide and written multiple number 1 radio singles. Adam’s music has been featured often in TV and film, including the movie God’s Not Dead 2, Major League Baseball, MLBTV, NFL Network, Sunday Night Football, WWE Wrestling, NHL, US Open Golf, USA Soccer, and many more. Adam is married with two children and currently lives in Phoenix, AZ.

“Don’t let this moment pass you by. This is your time. You got to move”

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Steve Mariucci


Steve Mariucci has been a great friend of Beacon House from the very beginning. When his mother was terminally ill, he and his family could’ve stayed anywhere. They chose to stay at Beacon House, so they could be close by. Steve is the campaign chair of Beacon House’s capital campaign ‘Legacy of Love’, the effort to raise funds for a new Beacon House near the relocated hospital.


Steve is an Upper Peninsula native born and raised in Iron Mountain, MI. While attending Northern Michigan University, he quarterbacked the team to the NCAA Division II National Football Championship in 1975. He began his coaching career at NMU before moving to Cal State Fullerton in 1980.Steve held multiple positions working with the Los Angeles Rams as a quality control coach, and then went on to coach at the University of California, Berkeley as the offensive coordinator of the Golden Bears before being appointed as the quarterback coach for the Green Bay Packers. Considered a leading candidate for the several NFL coaching positions, Steve was hired as the head coach for the San Fransisco 49ers.While with the 49ers, the team made the playoffs both seasons with the second biggest comeback playoff victory in NFL history in his second season.

In 2003, Steve was named Lions’ 22nd head coach, earning him the NFL’s highest coaching contract at the time. Mariucci is one of 13 head coaches since the AFL NFL merger in 1970 to lead his team to a division title in his first season. He also established an NFL mark for consecutive wins by a rookie head coach with an 11 game winning streak.

After Detroit, Steve was hired by the NFL Network as an analyst on the Emmy nominated show, NFL GameDay Morning, as well as NFL GameDay Highlights, and NFL GameDay Final. Mariucci is also part of the NFL Network;s Thursday Night Football pregame, halftime, and postgame shows.

In 2009, Mariucci was recognized for this work with his first Sports Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Analyst category. Steve launched his own show in 2011 on the NFL Network, ‘Game Changers’, offering an inside look at the lives of the current season’s top draft prospects.

Steve and his family formed the Mariucci Family Foundation to promote and advance his philanthropic works, and to involve his family in those endeavors. Beacon House has been the recipient of the Marriucci Family’s generosity, with Steve serving as an honorary board member and financial donor. The foundation has donated over $75,000 since 2011 before Steve made the first $150,000 pledge to the new capital campaign ‘Legacy of Love’.

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Tour the gift shop with Samantha Elizabeth
Through social media and her blog at samanthaelizabethblog.com, Samantha Elizabeth features all the things she holds dear to her heart; her faith, family, cooking, photography, and travel. Samantha stopped by to visit Hospitality Gifts for a tour, and to show you how this is so much more than a gift shop.
Hospitality Gifts at UPHS Marquette is a boutique, jewelry store, gift shop, and a shopping sanctuary for hospital patients’ families. It’s a hidden gem you may not have ever been to, so Samantha toured it with UP Hospitality House CEO, Mary Dowling, to talk about some exclusive merchandise you might not be able to get anywhere else. Shopping here isn’t only a great way to make fashion statement, the proceeds from your purchase make significant change in people’s lives.Hospitality Gifts has a long, wonderful history of caring and supporting the employees, patients and families at UP Health System.

We were the Hospital Gift shop from the early Marquette General Hospital days, run by a combination of staff and volunteers. The MGH Auxiliary played a significant role in getting us started and keeping us going, and when MGH became a Duke LifePoint hospital, we fortified our non-profit status by becoming one of the family of services of the Hospitality House of the UP (HHUP). Many of the volunteers in our organization have been with us since the beginning, and take great pride in how we’ve grown and evolved.

We are so grateful to all who support us through your purchases, and those who have given their time to help run this shop to raise money for so many great causes!

There is a gift in every purchase for patients and families… Over the years, funds have gone to provide Heart Pillows for open heart surgery patients to hug and cough during recovery, clowns to visit children, treats for dinner trays, a Christmas Wish List for various hospital departments, The Wig Salon (providing complimentary wigs for cancer patients) and Beacon House.

Now, our organization that raised tens of thousands of dollars over the years to support Beacon House, is in the same family with them. All the proceeds from sales, above and beyond our operating costs, go directly to run the Wig Salon and Hospitality Programs of HHUP, which include the 11 Hospitality Rooms right in the hospital, and Beacon House with its 33 guest rooms, just two blocks away.

We are a private, non-profit organization, under the umbrella of Hospitality House of the UP (HHUP). All proceeds from sales after operating expenses help to fund Beacon House and the Hospitality Rooms at the hospital in Marquette.

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Culinary Students Support Beacon House with Annual Soup or Chili Challenge

Proceeds from fundraiser to benefit “Fresh Food Program”

MARQUETTE, Mich. — The Culinary Students of NMU will host their annual Chili Challenge from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in the Jacobetti Complex Commons on the north campus of Northern Michigan University.

The proceeds from this tasty event will benefit the Beacon House, specifically the Fresh Food Program which is to provide fresh, healthy food for guests of Beacon House.

Over the years CSNMU has raised thousands of dollars for the Beacon House. This year, the organization hopes to contribute to this cause. Any local food establishments or individuals, as well as amateurs who might think they have a great soup or chili recipe can participate.

CSNMU President Piper Miedmea said, “We are so excited for the event this year! At CSNMU, we work together as a team to promote and execute successful culinary functions and special events. This event is great for us to give back to the community!”

A wide variety of professional and amateur soup or chili entries are prepared for the public to sample and vote on, and teams of local judges also evaluate each category. Prizes are awarded for the best use of heat and best overall in the chili category and then for the most original and best overall for the soup category. CSNMU is seeking soup and chili entrants, with a deadline to enter of February 6, 2017. Those who like chili should mark their calendars to come and enjoy a wide variety of chili samples for $7 ($5 for students with ID).

“Our Annual, Memorial Chili Challenge has continually been a great fundraiser with all of the proceeds benefiting the Beacon House’s Fresh Food Program,” said Miedema.

This event has drawn as many as 24 chili entries in the past, with some very unusual samples including kangaroo chili, a vegan spin, breakfast chili, Caribbean, and sweet & sour chicken, as well as many more variations of traditional entries. Come give your taste buds a treat as we come out of our UP winter!

Contact CSNMU President Piper Miedema or CSNMU Faculty Advisor Christopher Kibit for more information on entering a chili. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Piper Miedema at (419) 357-6324 or email at pmiedema@nmu.edu.

Beacon House is a privately run non-profit organization that works in conjunction with the medical care community to ensure patient access to care. Beacon House’s mission is to operate a safe, supportive and compassionate hospitality house for patients receiving medical care and for their loved ones.

Culinary Students of NMU (CSNMU) is a group of students that work alongside, and in support of, community and student organizations. CSNMU work together as a team to promote and execute successful culinary functions and special events.

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Serendipity! Surprise donations to Beacon House go immediately toward a need

Dec. 20th —

This is becoming a day like no other this year.

At 9:00 in the morning, the Riverside Auto dealership showroom was jammed with people. Huge sale? Nope… huge effort.

I was surrounded by local charity executives and we were gathered together to receive donations from the Dagenais Foundation. As we stood by the Christmas tree with our arms around each other to “tighten the shot,” I literally felt the love these amazing people have for our community. It was so humbling to be amidst the group of leaders who care for the homeless, the children, the mentally disabled, the strays and those less fortunate in some way.

We all walked away with a check and a beautiful note about how a small foundation joined forces with the dealership staff to choose where to give for Christmas. Small foundation? More like giant hearts and philanthropic leadership.

At 10:30 am we were standing on the loading dock of the Cherry Creek Market with Cindy and Mike Schwemin, preparing to load 29 cases of food into my husbands truck to bring back to fill the help-yourself pantry in the kitchen at Beacon House.

Our cupboards were close to bare, and the gift of non-perishable goods through the TV 6 Canathon couldn’t have come at a better time! We now have Spaghetti-O’s and cereal for the children who stay with us, and cases of corn, green beans, tomatoes and other wonderful side dishes to go with a beautiful donated ham and turkey.

While we were loading the truck, we learned that Cindy’s father recently passed away and this would be a different kind of Christmas for them without him. I marveled at how she channeled her grief into an outpouring of love for the strangers who are our guests. That’s how they do things there at Cherry Creek Market.

On my way back to Beacon House, my cell phone rang. Michele Butler was calling to let me know that the Rotary Club had received my grant request and they’d be delivering a $2000 gift card from Econo Foods from the proceeds from their summer golf fundraiser. We’d be able to shop for whatever the pantry needed when it starts to get low again.

When I walked in the door, the mail had come. The daughter of a guest from Delaware had sent a check for $1000, “to be used as needed.” Our electric bill came too, and it was exactly $1000 more than last month. I’m beginning to realize that I don’t have to worry about everything here anymore, because some wonderful person somewhere who has been touched by us or experienced a crisis of some kind will be right around the corner offering their help. ‘Cause that’s how this beautiful world of ours works.

After wiping my tears and thinking it was time to “get back to work,” Cynthia DePetro walked in the door with a dozen students from Marquette Alternative High School. And an enormous box of socks. During the coldest time of the year. When our guests need them the most.

I can’t even count how many pairs of socks were in the box, but it was at least 2 feet by 2 feet (pardon the pun) and full to the top. The joy on the student’s faces was perfectly reflective of this season of giving, and they truly seemed to love making this delivery.

As we were hugging good-bye, a young boy walked out of his family’s guest room into the hallway with bare feet. I stopped him to gently remind him that our house rules require everyone to cover their feet when walking around the house. His face fell when he said that he didn’t have anything to wear until the laundry was done.

Cyndi and I looked at each other and broke into grins, and said, “Well, you do now!!” and took him to shop in the box.

As I turned to go back to my office, Coach Gordy LeDuc walked in and handed me an envelope. “Kay and I wanted to help. We feel so fortunate, and believe it’s important to share,” he said with a sweet smile, and turned and left.

It’s the middle of the week. And it isn’t Christmas Day. But it sure feels like it is here at Beacon House today.

Mary Tavernini Dowling, Beacon House CEO

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Event | Christmas Crazy Days Sale

MARQUETTE — Our gift shop has never had so many items on sale at once. Remember Crazy Days Sale? We’re bringing it back for Christmas with huge discounts at Hospitality Gifts in the UPHS – Marquette lobby. Always and every day, proceeds from Hospitality Gifts and ‘Your Coffee for a Cause’ go towards Beacon House.

This year get 50 – 75% off an entire table of gifts. We’re calling it the ‘Crazy Table’! Get 50% off tops, 40% off coats, 30% off baby clothes, 25% off candles and Christmas items, and 20% off purses, accessories, jewelry, cards, nuts, plush items, coloring books, sundires, and UPHS logo items.

The first 25 customers in the door will draw for extra discount coupons and gift cards, and two lucky winners will draw $50 gift cards each day.

The sale takes place Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 19, and 20 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Hospitality Gifts in the UPHS Lobby.

Happy Holidays! Happy Shopping!

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It takes a village, Beacon House volunteers can’t stop volunteering, even during a volunteer party

Nov. 9th

This is how we roll at Beacon House on the day to celebrate our Volunteers:

First it started snowing, and the volunteer shoveler came. Then the volunteer kitchen help arrived to bake the pies. The volunteer decorating team took on the job of setting up a lunch buffet while the volunteer cleaners took the trash to the dumpster and swept up the floor. The volunteer cashiers from the Gift Shop came and passed out cookies and other sweet treats.

It seems our volunteers can’t stop volunteering.

We enjoyed some great laughs, holiday music and some yummy snacks, and then… the volunteers insisted on cleaning up.

For those of us who work at Beacon House and in the Hospitality Rooms, it was supposed to be a day for us to thank the incredible people who help us keep helping people. But when your hearts are made of gold and your passion is caring for others, I guess your need to be thanked isn’t as great as your need to serve.

And that’s how they roll at Beacon House. Simply amazing.

Mary Tavernini Dowling, Beacon House CEO

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When it hits close to home, our thoughts are with Carissa

December 2, 2016

My thoughts keep returning to Carissa, our evening hospitality desk attendant. Since Carissa has been with us, we’ve received more guest thank you notes and special messages on donation envelopes than we ever have in the past.

When we told Carissa the most important part of her job was to make sure that people felt welcomed and comforted when they arrived at Beacon House, she took it to a whole new level. She taught us all how to just open up and let love flow.

She has the biggest smile and gives the warmest hugs. She remembers everybody’s name and is whom everyone seems to tell their story to, about why they’re here and what they’re most afraid of.

A few weeks ago, Carissa got an urgent call to go immediately to England where her husband is stationed in the Army. We don’t know much more at this time, but we do know the diagnosis is Stage 4 Cancer from a Brain Tumor.

There is no Beacon House where Carissa is. And all I can think about is, “Who is comforting her?” There is no “Carissa” to tell her nighttime fears to, and to offer a consoling hug.

In her absence I’m appreciating her incredible love for Beacon House and what we do. And I’m wishing that she could know the same lightness of heart that others have felt after a visit with her. We’re paying it forward, Carissa. We’re walking in your shoes.

Mary Tavernini Dowling, Beacon House CEO

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Beacon House operates on a donation basis and guests are expected to contribute at a level that is affordable for them.