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Happy National Nonprofit Day!

Somewhere a volunteer reads to school children; a patient receives steady medication; a lawyer provides legal services for low-income individuals; a nonprofit funeral home buries a lost soul; or a first-time homebuyer is moving into his own home. On August 17, National Nonprofit Day (NND) reminds us that each of these scenes is possible because of the nonprofit sector and the work performed by capable men, women and organizations.

NND recognizes more than nonprofits’ primary altruistic goals (awareness, research, and aid); it also acknowledges the added positive impacts they have on communities and the world. 

For example, following the recent U.S. recession, in 2012 the nonprofit sector provided 5.4% of the nation’s entire GDP (gross domestic product), or $887.3 billion; continuously employing nurses, web developers, lawyers, computer engineers and more (sources: John Hopkins and Tactical Philanthropy Advisors reports).

HOW TO OBSERVE

Take some time to learn more about nonprofits. Understanding that the funding for these organizations often satisfies more than the mission statement will help us see the benefits of supporting nonprofit organizations. 

HISTORY

Sherita J. Herring, a renowned speaker, best-selling author and business strategist, founded National Nonprofit Day to educate, enlighten and empower others to make a difference, while acknowledging those that are in the trenches, impacting lives every day – the Change-Makers of the World!

The Tariff Act of 1894 signed into law on August 17, imposed the first federal income tax on corporations, which included exemptions for nonprofit corporations and charitable institutions. With a few modifications, nonprofit exemptions remain a solid part of the law and have served significant benefits, both for communities and the economy.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Nonprofit Day to be observed annually in 2017.

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Clark Lambros – Living Deliberately Without Apologies

How Clark Lambros Lived, and Died, on His Own Terms

Today, Beacon House’s Adopt-A-Day honors the memory of Clark Lambros, who gave endlessly to Beacon House through  community meals and events in our community kitchen. Vangos, Michele Butler, and Clark Lambros have been treasured Beacon House sponsors and advocates for years and years. Nothing unifies the community or family quite like a shared warm meal. Clark understood that, and during his life, made it a priority to give back to the community that made him so successful.

He owned Vangos, managed a golf course, and was all-the-while dedicated to the Beacon House cause. He was a loving philanthropist that understood our mission. We have honored him with a large banner downstairs in Beacon House’s community kitchen.

We are so grateful for his years of service, and he is sorely missed. Clark’s ‘Legacy of Love’ continues through the memories he leaves at Beacon House. Thank you.

“Clark Lambros knew how to live, and he knew how to die. To the end, he was in charge. He never cared much about what others thought. When he was 39, a divorced man, he met Michele Butler. She was a senior in high school at the time. Looking back at it now, as a 58-year-old woman, she knows how unlikely it was that anything would come of it. But life surprises, as does love, and the two ended up together for 40 years, settling in Marquette, a city of 21,000 by Lake Superior, on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.”

^ A message Clark Lambros wrote to his family before he died. “Have some fun.”


^ Ms. Butler & Mr. Lambros, together at the end.

To adopt a day in memory, honor, or in celebration of your loved one, visit upbh.org/adopt-a-day.

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How buying local coffee can change your community and change lives

For nearly a decade, a local coffee shop has been donating every penny to a local charity. Not just sometimes, but every day, year-round, every penny is given away. The coffee and lunch menu is amazing, the money stays local, and something as simple as a cup of coffee is literally saving lives. “It’s way more than a great cup of coffee.”

MARQUETTE, Mich. — Coffee lovers in the Upper Peninsula and all over the world have a lot of options; national chains, local coffee shops, home brews, and Keurig. Often times, consumers are searching for the easiest cup without too much thought about the money spent. Gas stations give free cups on your daily commute and with the press of a button you can brew a multitude of flavors at your finger tips. But, what if you could purchase a cup of coffee, and change lives in your community?

That’s exactly what ‘Your Coffee for a Cause’ in Marquette is hoping to accomplish. Not many people outside the shops’ devoted customers know that in every cup there’s a gift to UPHS patients and their families.

The Hospitality House of the Upper Peninsula, which oversees operations for Beacon House, also benefits from two private coffee shops that give every penny they make to the cause. One in the UPHS lobby, the other at Peninsula Medical Center in Marquette.

Follow them on Facebook at fb.com/yourcoffeeforacause.

 

Not just some or a small percentage of the proceeds benefit charity, it’s every penny. ‘Your Coffee for a Cause’ is unlike any other coffee shop in the U.P. The non-profit channels all the proceeds to one single essential charity. They don’t do it some of the time, or during a certain month. For the past decade, it’s been donating all of its profits, every day, every month, year-round, and every.single.penny to Beacon House.

When you enjoy a hot or cold beverage, a snack or a light lunch, you’re making a donation to the Hospitality House of the U.P.’s services; Beacon House, the Hospitality Rooms, and the Wig Salon for Cancer Patients. Baristas concoct daily, weekly, and monthly specials, and beverages of which you’re familiar; the shops carry Starbucks products. Bakery items stock the shelves, too. Local vendors like Baby Cakes, Huron Mountain Bakery, and New York Deli pitch in for light snacks, sandwiches, and other lunch items. It’s a one-stop-shop for all things delicious, and all things local.

So, what if you could shop local, donate to charity, and get your coffee fix in the same purchase? 100% of the proceeds from this local coffee shop are donated to charity.

“100% is huge,” says Andrew Lorinser, Public Relations Manager of Beacon House Marquette. “Often times we don’t think about where our money is going when we make a small purchase for a cup of coffee. But, when you can enjoy a snack, a lunch, a cup of coffee, and and save lives, it makes a big impact. That’s what Beacon House does, save lives. Without our services, patients and families wouldn’t have a place to stay when receiving critical care at UPHS. Many would opt out of treatment, and be in life-threatening, dire situations. We are incredibly grateful to ‘Your Coffee for a Cause’ for helping our guests.”

The coffee shops are essential to what the organization does. Not only do they help Beacon House, Hospitality Rooms, and the Wig Salon for Cancer patients operate, it’s a self sustaining organization, so every piece of that profit goes directly to the charity. Giving to the Beacon House cause makes managing and working at the coffee shops a more enjoyable place for baristas, and managers say it in-turn boosts morale and positive customer service from its employees.

“It’s way more than a great cup of coffee.”

“Our baristas are unique in the sense that they’re not just here for a paycheck,” said ‘Your Coffee for a Cause’ manager Amy Runstrom. “Any local coffee shop is inherently a warm and friendly place to be, but because we all believe in the work of Beacon House, our shops offer something extra special. Our knowledgeable baristas are  creative and can make custom orders. They’re happy to do it, too. Making customers smile makes us smile, and Beacon House makes patients and their families smile. It’s way more than a great cup of coffee.”

Beyond giving to one of the most essential charities in the Upper Peninsula, just keeping money local has benefits for your community. According to a study by Michigan State University‘s Center for Community and Economic Development, shopping local contributes more to new job growth, keeps money in the community, and invests in charitable contributions.

You can see that in action with the purchase of a single cup of coffee. The next time you’re on the way to or from work, stop by ‘Your Coffee for a Cause’, give back to your community, and reward yourself with delicious beverages from friendly baristas.

The coffee shops are open six days a week. ‘Your Coffee for a Cause’ at Peninsula Medical is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and ‘Your Coffee for a Cause’ in on the first floor of the North wing lobby of UPHS – Marquette is open Monday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Peninsula Medical
Mon – Fri | 7 AM – 4 PM

UPHS – Marquette
Mon – Thu | 6:30 AM – 6 PM
Fri | 6:30 AM – 4 PM
Sat | 8 AM – 12:30 PM

There’s a “gift in every cup” of our hot, brewed Starbucks coffee to our patients and their families, as proceeds of all purchases support Beacon House, the Hospitality Rooms at UPHS Marquette and the Wig Salon.

When you enjoy a hot or cold beverage, a snack or a light lunch, you’re making a donation to one of the Hospitality House of the U.P.’s services, to Beacon House and Beyond. Our team of servers look forward to offering you our daily specials and appreciate your generous support.

We have two locations. One of our coffee shops is the UPHS – Marquette Lobby. Our second location is at Peninsula Medical.

Follow us on Facebook at fb.com/yourcoffeeforacause.

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Beacon House CEO Mary Tavernini Dowling Featured on ‘The Up Side’

TV6 & FOX UP’s “The Up Side” series focuses on people, businesses, organizations, and events making a positive influence in the U.P. Weekly, Upper Michigan’s Source calls attention to the many positive things that happen in Upper Michigan. “All too often, we only hear about the negative things that happen. There’s much more to life than that,” says TV6 & Fox UP GM / VP, Rick Rhoades. “We know there are many people who do things to help others have a better life. We know there are many businesses and organizations that make our communities a better place to live.”

For the week of July 17th, 2017 Mary Tavernini Dowling was chosen as this week’s ‘Upsider’.

MARQUETTE, Mich. — Among the hundreds of ‘Thank You’ notes wallpapering the halls of the Beacon House, a 3” x 5” piece of paper tacked to Mary Tavernini-Dowling’s bulletin board reads three simple words, “THINK BIG, MARY!” The note was passed to her by none other than Steve Mariucci after a golf outing two years ago, teeing off the first plans for an annual Celebrity Golf tournament.

The Beacon House is considered an essential part of the medical care community, and 2014 marked the celebration of the organization’s 10th year as a staple charity in Marquette, MI.

Not many people tell Tavernini-Dowling to think big. It is advice she doesn’t hear often. Mary makes it a habit of thinking big. In fact, she calls it ‘Mary Mode’. Since 1999, Mary’s get up and go approach to her professional career piloted marketing and communication strategies for businesses all across the Upper Peninsula. As President and CEO of M. & Associates, and former owner of La Dolce Video and Design, Mary Tavernini-Dowling has ‘thought big’ for businesses long before planning this year’s fourth annual Celebrity Golf Classic. She brings more than 30 years of experience in management and marketing to the organization.

Chief organizer of one of the Upper Peninsula’s largest fundraising events, Mary Tavernini-Dowling has helped expand the organization far beyond the Beacon House. Since 2002, as CEO of the parent organization ‘The Hospitality House of the Upper Peninsula’ (HHUP), Mary’s full time gig now canopies over five organizations; The Beacon House, Hospitality Gifts, Hospitality Rooms, Your Coffee for a Cause, and the Wig Salon. In 2013, when MGH/Duke LifePoint became a for-profit entity, HHUP adopted non-profit oriented operations to continue supportive and compassionate services for patients receiving medical care and for their loved ones.

As a charitable organization, their fiscal sustainability is solely reliant on the generosity of partners and all those who understand that the need for Beacon House may only be a heartbeat away.

Every summer, The Mariucci Family Foundation will co-sponsor the benefit golf competition raising nearly one third of HHUP’s annual operating budget. Managing the Celebrity Golf Classic is a year-round operation. HHUP is taking Steve Mariucci’s advice, and thinking bigger.

The golf tournament is no small feat. Hundreds of volunteers, donors, and 36 nationally recognized celebrities will gather on two golf courses to raise funds for the organization. Over the course of two days, HHUP will feed four meals to 500 people, and hold more than 11 different events. Included among the festivities are a live auction, a golf-clinic, a ‘Match Party’ catered by Elizabeth’s Chop House, and live entertainment.

All for a good cause, the proceeds benefit The Beacon House, a non-profit organization that provides patients, families and loved ones an affordable place to stay when receiving medical care at Marquette General Hospital, Bell Hospital and the Upper Peninsula Medical Center. Over 150,000 guest night stays have been provided since Beacon House opened in June 2002. Beacon House is one of the largest hospitality houses in the nation and accommodates a large number of patients, caregivers, and family members.

When a loved one is being treated for cancer, or while a premature baby fights for life in the NICU, HHUP hopes to provide an environment that promotes healing, emotional support, shared strength and comfort to patients and their families.

A Beacon House guest is, for example, recovering from a limb amputation, or visiting a father who is undergoing major heart surgery. They are at Beacon House waiting to hear if there is hope, or coping with the reality of a deceased loved-one. Beacon guests are searching for answers, and embracing each other with healing and community.

“It is science,” said Dowling. “Patients heal faster when loved ones are by their side.” The cost for guests to stay is donation-based. There are 33 rooms in the former Village Inn, and all operations are funded by donors, sponsors, and charitable events like the Celebrity Golf Classic. Mary Tavernini-Dowling says her marketing / sales background is a lot easier to tap into these days. “It’s so easy for me to ask for money from the community when I know how helpful it is to our guests and their families. I look forward to coming to work every day because I know what we’re doing makes a difference.”

Countless examples of HHUP’s impact on peoples’ lives can be told through albums of Thank You letters, consistent monthly donations from former guests, and testimonies of current guests. Most recently, the story of young woman named Grace exemplifies the power of community healing provided by HHUP.

The power of the Beacon House story can be told from the perspective of a little girl named Grace. One minute, all that Grace knew was that she was simply driving down the highway, and in the next she was in a coma with a cranial pressure gauge in her head. Her parents were guests at The Beacon House during her hospital stay at Marquette General.

“While in the hospital, she knew her father was there; she knew that when she opened her eyes she would see him,” said Dowling. “She knew it didn’t matter how long it took for her to recover, he would be there when she did.”

To this day, Grace has never seen the inside of the Beacon House. She has never walked through the doors of the building, or stepped a foot in a room. Still, she says it saved her life. Grace believes she is here today because of HHUP. For her, it was a conduit that connected her to her family in her coma, and throughout her long and difficult recovery. “Without it, without them, she doubted she would have pulled through.”

“We always hope we are making a difference in peoples’ lives, but to hear just how much of an impact we’ve made is beyond rewarding… Donation[s] make those times possible, when nothing else matters except to be together.” – HHUP

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#ShareBeacon in the Press 4

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We are blessed to get great coverage for the Beacon House cause by local and regional media outlets. Please feel free to share our stories with your friends using the hashtag #ShareBeacon. If you are a member of the media and are interested in covering any of our major fundraisers, events, or wish to learn more about the Upper Peninsula Hospitality House, please e-mail Beacon House Marketing and PR at Andrew@UPBeaconHouse.org or Mary@UPBeaconHouse.org.

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Successful “Beards for Beacon House” event

WJMN Local 3 – Nov. 30, 2016

VAST has successfully raised more than $2,500 in the 2016 #BeardsForBeaconHouse November campaign of growing beards and collecting donations for Beacon House. For the past four years the guys at VAST have participated in Movember, raising awareness for men’s health issues each November by growing out their facial hair. This year, they’ve decided to keep it local. Read More…


sinotteNew CEO addresses leadership, change

Mining Journal – Nov. 29, 2016

Commissioner Sarah Reynolds asked if there were any changes in store for the Beacon House, a hospitality house for patients and their families along Third Street. Sinotte said he is in active dialogue with the Beacon House about what kind of financial campaign would be necessary to move it closer to the new hospital, and other options, which are still being discussed. Read More…


beacon-house-plansU.P. Beacon House Continues Campaign To Build A New Facility In Marquette

Sunny 101.9 WKQS – November 18, 2016

UPBH CEO Mary Dowling joined the SUNNY Morning Show with Walt & Mike this week to share an update on the effort. Dowling talked about the plan to build a new facility near the hospital that would have more rooms and would allow for expanded services for those in need. She also discussed how to make sure that you can get all the tax advantages for the year by making a contribution to the campaign before the end of December. Read More…


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Growing ‘Beards for Beacon House’

Mining Journal – Nov. 5, 2016

Things are getting hairy at VAST of Marquette. During the month of November, more than a dozen representatives of the business will grow beards and collect donations for Beacon House. The month-long fundraiser – Beards for Beacon House – isn’t new to the business. The fundraiser will exclusively collect donations through a Facebook fundraiser page. Read More…


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Double Trouble DJ’s mock debate brings new meaning to ‘political party’

TV 6 – Nov. 6, 2016

The night also included live and silent auctions, a cash bar, appetizers, and even a photobooth with a cut out of Bill Clinton. All proceeds from the event and the tickets sold went to the Beacon House. Event organizers were hoping to fill the downstairs of the Landmark Inn with 150 people in attendance to maximize the proceeds for Beacon House. Read More…


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DJ company holding mock debate

ABC 10 – Nov. 2, 2016

Double Trouble DJ’s is hosting an event called, Champagne Campaign: A Monumental Mock Debate. The debate will feature Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump. Both ‘nominees’ will go at it on the debate stage one more time. All of the proceeds from the event will go to the Beacon House. “We’re not trying to have any fights or any actual political debates, just more of the hilarity of it,” said Denise Blizondo, office manager at Double Trouble. Read More…


wjmn-story“Beards for Beacon House” in November

WJMN – Nov. 2016

VAST of Marquette is holding a month-long fundraiser for Beacon House called “Beards for Beacon House,” involving over a dozen dedicated representatives at VAST to grow out a beard through November and collect donations for Beacon House. “For the past four years we’ve participated in Movember, growing mustaches to raise awareness for men’s health issues,” said Scott Reddinger of VAST. Read More…


beacon-golfGolfing with a purpose

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Community members and celebrities hit the green Thursday for the 6th annual Beacon House Celebrity Golf Classic. While the event is full of entertainment. Thursday you could find Peter Frank out on the golf course having fun with his family, but a little less than a year ago the story was very different. Thursday you could find Peter Frank out on the golf course having fun with his family, but a little less than a year ago the story was very different. Read More…


miningjournalSports celebrities share views, stories at Marquette Golf Club

Mining Journal – June 23, 2016

Despite some afternoon rain, every team that included either a local or national celebrity got in at least nine holes on the club’s two 18-hole layouts, the Heritage and Greywalls courses. And it all was for a good cause – the Beacon House in Marquette, a converted hotel that has been a hospitality house for more than a decade to accommodate visiting medical patients and their family and caregivers. Read More…


maryU.P. Beacon House Capital Campaign Continues, And You Can Join The Effort!

Sunny 101.9 WKQS – Sep. 30, 2016

A capital campaign to build a new Beacon House hospitality facility next to the new UP Health System-Marquette hospital is continuing. U.P. Beacon House CEO Mary Dowling joined the SUNNY Morning Show with Walt & Mike this week to remind listeners about the “Legacy of Love” Capital Campaign Project. Dowling said the effort is seeking financial support to build a new Beacon House next to the new hospital. Read More…


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Mickey Redmond Shoots For $6 Million Goal

Sunny 101.9 WKQS – Sep. 28, 2016

Redmond joined News Director Walt Lindala this week on the SUNNY Morning Show with Walt & Mike to talk about his personal relationship with the Beacon House. Redmond said it’s very important that the money get raised to build a new U.P. Beacon House facility adjacent to the new UP Health System-Marquette hospital because the services provided could be needed by anyone at any time. Read More…


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Happy Birthday, Mary!

Today was a big day for Beacon House. Not only did we receive a $100,000 donation from River Valley Bank and announced the resurgence of our Capital Campaign ‘Legacy of Love’, it’s also coincidentally a very special birthday for Mary Tavernini Dowling, the CEO of HHUP, which oversees operations of Beacon House, the Wig Salon for Cancer Patients, Hospitality Rooms at UPHS, and Hospitality Gifts.

We wanted to commemorate the day, July 12th, 2017 by inviting you to share in our celebration with a gift for Beacon House. Donate $7.12 or more if you can! Happy Birthday, Mary!

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Happy Birthday, Mary

Today was a big day for Beacon House. Not only did we receive a $100,000 donation from River Valley Bank and announced the resurgence of our Capital Campaign ‘Legacy of Love’, it’s also coincidentally a very special birthday for Mary Tavernini Dowling, the CEO of HHUP, which oversees operations of Beacon House, the Wig Salon for Cancer Patients, Hospitality Rooms at UPHS, and Hospitality Gifts.

We wanted to commemorate the day, July 12th, 2017 by inviting you to share in our celebration with a gift for Beacon House. Donate $7.12 or more if you can! Happy Birthday, Mary!

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UPHS to lease land to Beacon House for new facility

MARQUETTE, Mich. June 30, 2017 — After several years of negotiating the future location of Beacon House’s new facilities, U.P. Health System CEO Brian Sinotte announced last week a deal between the two parties that places Beacon House directly on the campus of UPHS’ new property.

The announcement was made at the Upper Peninsula Celebrity Golf Classic to a crowd of 500 people at the celebrity Match Party. Sinotte revealed that UPHS agreed to lease land to Beacon House for $1 per year for a number of years yet to be determined. The Hospitality House of the Upper Peninsula (HHUP), which oversees the operation of Beacon House, the Hospitality Rooms at UPHS, the Wig Salon for Cancer Patients, Hospitality Gifts, and Your Coffee for a Cause, now will set forth efforts to raise funds for building construction.

“Our patients and their families are our top priority,” said Brian Sinotte, CEO of UP Health System – Marquette. “Having the Beacon House on our new hospital campus is going to provide a safe and comfortable place to stay during their time of need. We are thrilled to partner with the Beacon House to make this dream a reality.”

From the beginning, integrated in the design of the new state-of-the-art hospital, are designated locations for HHUP’s gift shop and coffee shop, which contribute to Beacon House’s operating costs. Profits from both programs also contribute to the Wig Salon for Cancer Patients, for which UPHS is also allocating space in their floor plan.

“We’ve had a cordial relationship since the beginning of hospital-ownership by Duke LifePoint,” said Mary Tavernini-Dowling, CEO of the HHUP. “But with these recent developments brought on by Brian Sinotte’s tireless efforts, we are confident that we will be working together to achieve common goals that benefit the people of the U.P., and make this brand-new hospital truly the hospital of choice.”

UPHS has steadily recognized the need to keep a hospitality house close to the hospital, especially for surgical patients, and families with loved ones in critical care. Many guests at Beacon House are undergoing cancer treatment and choose that care here in Marquette because of the affordable place to stay. Without a Beacon House, the average lodging expense for cancer patients over the course of their treatment would exceed $3,000. Beacon House says that in many cases, most guests would not to stay more than two blocks away from the hospital, making its current location not an option.

“It’s essential to be adjacent to the hospital,” said capital campaign patriarch and Beacon House Executive Board Member Steve Mariucci. “Fifteen blocks is too far away.”

Mariucci ignited the ‘Legacy of Love’ capital campaign in 2016 as a way to raise funds for a new hospitality house. The plan is to keep Beacon House close. A two-acre plot is now officially reserved for Beacon House bordering 7th St. between Washington St. and Spring St.

Mariucci, campaign chair Sue LeGalley, and Tavernini-Dowling have been working together to firm up plans and will sell their existing land and facilities to put toward the new facility.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us,” said Dowling. “We know the impact we make on our neighbors facing medical crisis and will continue this effort until we have a new Beacon House right next door to the new hospital. Having met many of the families we serve, we know first-hand how important this is.”

HHUP estimates the organization now needs to raise between $4 and $6 million over the course of the next two years to build a new facility on the land leased from UPHS. The final campaign goal will be determined based upon the final agreement between UPHS and HHUP regarding the size of the land, and the term of the lease, which is also pending City of Marquette approval. The Hospitality House’s capital campaign ‘Legacy of Love’ will resurge to accomplish that goal by 2019.

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Media Advisory for ceremony on Wednesday July 12 is attached.

Beacon House stakes claim to new land next to UPHS,

Announcing resurgence of capital campaign with $100,000 check presentation

WHAT | After the announcement last week that UPHS – Marquette is leasing new property to Beacon House on the new campus of the hospital (pending City of Marquette approval), Beacon House board members, staff and CEO Mary Dowling invite members of the press for an on-site interview as they publicly identify the land earmarked for the new Beacon House.

WHEN | Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 11 a.m.

WHERE | The two-acre plot is reserved for Beacon House bordering 7th St. between Washington St. and Spring St.

WHY | Sinotte revealed that UPHS agreed to lease land to Beacon House for $1 per year for a number of years yet to be determined. It is to announce the resurgence of Beacon House’s capital campaign ‘Legacy of Love’, and a $100,000 check presentation by River Valley Bank.

WHO | The community is invited to attend. Christian Palomaki, the VP Market Manager at River Valley Bank will be presenting Mary Tavernini Dowling, Sue LeGalley and other board members a check to announce the resurgence of the capital campaign. UPHS Marketing Director Victor Harrington, CEO Brian Sinotte, City of Marquette officials and Mary Dowling will be available for interviews.

BACKGROUND | Beacon house estimates the organization now needs to raise between $4 and $6 million over the course of the next two years to build a new facility on the land leased from UPHS. The final campaign goal will be determined based upon the final agreement between UPHS and HHUP regarding the size of the land, and the term of the lease. The Hospitality House’s capital campaign ‘Legacy of Love’ will resurge to accomplish that goal by 2019.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES | Members of the media are encouraged to preview the ceremony and the announcement of the new land agreement.  Beacon House will erect a large display on the property followed by interviews.

Beacon House is a privately run non-profit organization that works in conjunction with the medical care community to ensure patient access to care.

As a 315-bed specialty care hospital, UPSH – Marquette receives patients from throughout Upper Michigan, and provides care in 65 specialties and sub-specialties.

River Valley Bank is a community bank offering personal and business banking services in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Will you join us and leave a Legacy of Love for our U.P. neighbors and families by making your pledge today?

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Long Drivers

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