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Buy a Super Bowl Square, get four shots at winning $250

Are you familiar with Super Bowl Squares? We’re going to be playing them at the Reverse Draw Super Bowl Party, and in addition of a $5,000 grand prize and a $1,000 kick back prize, you could also win $250, just for purchasing one square for $20. It’s really fun! Here’s how you can play.

HOW TO PLAY

We have an empty 10 by 10 grid, giving us 100 Squares for people to choose from. Each square is available for a donation of $20. The top column is designated for the AFC and the left row is the NFC score. We have randomly assigned numbers to the grid. Each square represents a specific score in the game based on the column and row numbers.

HOW TO WIN

A $250 winner will be determined at the end of the each quarter. The winner is determined by looking at the last number in each teams’ score, and then matching those numbers on the grid and seeing which square intersects those two numbers.

An example would be if the Green Bay Packers were playing the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, and the score at the end of the second quarter was Packers 26, and Patriots 18. The last number for the Packers is 6, and the last number for the Patriots is 8. The square on the grid that has the Packers with a number of 6, and Giants score of 8, would be the winner.

HOW TO PICK YOUR SQUARE

You can pick your square on a first come, first serve basis by e-mailing andrew@upbeaconhouse.org your number combo preference after your purchase. We will keep this list updated to show you which squares are currently available. Red indicates the square has been purchased and is no longer available. The first number represents the NFC score, the second represents the  AFC score.

AVAILABLE SQUARE COMBOS

1 – 0
1 – 1
1 – 2
1 – 3
1 – 4
1 – 5
1 – 6
1 – 7
1 – 8
1 – 9
3 – 0
3 – 1
3 – 2
3 – 3
3 – 4
3 – 5
3 – 6
3 – 7
3 – 8
3 – 9
5 – 0
5 – 1
5 – 2
5 – 3
5 – 4
5 – 5
5 – 6
5 – 7
5 – 8
5 – 9
7 – 0
7 – 1
7 – 2
7 – 3
7 – 4
7 – 5
7 – 6
7 – 7
7 – 8
7 – 9
9 – 0
9 – 1
9 – 2
9 – 3
9 – 4
9 – 5
9 – 6
9 – 7
9 – 8
9 – 9
2 – 0
2 – 1
2 – 2
2 – 3
2 – 4
2 – 5
2 – 6
2 – 7
2 – 8
2 – 9
4 – 0
4 – 1
4 – 2
4 – 3
4 – 4
4 – 5
4 – 6
4 – 7
4 – 8
4 – 9
6 – 0
6 – 1
6 – 2
6 – 3
6 – 4
6 – 5
6 – 6
6 – 7
6 – 8
6 – 9
8 – 0
8 – 1
8 – 2
8 – 3
8 – 4
8 – 5
8 – 6
8 – 7
8 – 8
8 – 9
0 – 0
0 – 1
0 – 2
0 – 3
0 – 4
0 – 5
0 – 6
0 – 7
0 – 8
0 – 9

We will send you a copy of your square and your name will be placed on a giant grid at the event. Leftover available squares can be purchased at the Reverse Draw Super Bowl Party, but remember, score-combos are first come first serve basis. The number on the grid represents the last digit in the score. Even though it’s impossible for a team to score 1 point, they can score 11 or 21. The winning ticket in this scenario would be square 1 x 1. You’ll get four opportunities to win with each square purchase

PURCHASE YOUR SQUARE [Select the $20 Item]
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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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Mother’s mind at ease after being terrified of daughter leaving hospital

December 7th, 2016

When I met Denise, we were standing in the middle of the hospital gift shop. TV 6 had just wrapped up a segment on the shop and how the proceeds from all the sales supported Beacon House. Denise was eager to tell me how much she appreciated the work we do at Beacon House and how it made all the difference in the world to her and her mother.

When Denise got the call downstate that her mom had a stroke, she threw her clothes into a suitcase, jumped in the car and drove through the night to be with her in the hospital. Holding her hand and stroking her hair, she promised her sweet mother that she’d be nearby and that she would never be alone. When her mother pleaded with her not to go over to Beacon House that night because it seemed so far away, Denise made the decision to just sleep in the chair in her mom’s hospital room.

A nurse who was tending to her mom overheard the distressing conversation and called our Hospitality Rooms to see if there was a bed for Denise. She told me, “I knew my mom was uneasy and my being there brought her great comfort. The stroke certainly affected her reasoning, but she seemed terrified of me leaving the hospital. Being able to stay just a few floors away was such a relief. I was able to get some sleep and something to eat, and be right back with her.”

There is no one else in the world like a mother. They’ve spent their entire lives taking care of us, and when they need us in return, there’s nothing we wouldn’t do for them. Knowing that we helped this small family be together means everything to me. I’m so grateful that Beacon House Rooms in the hospital kept one mother resting peacefully knowing her daughter was nearby.

Mary Tavernini Dowling, Beacon House CEO

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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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Guest of five weeks donates TV to watch Packers at Beacon House

December 4, 2016

The Christmas tree in the lobby is so warm and inviting. The fireplace is lit and there are two guests reading books; near enough to be companionable, but respecting each other’s space.  The registration desk is close by, so they see new guests come in as they arrive, and offer their greetings. “You’re going to love the kitchen,” says one of the guests to a new arrival. “There’s always a pot of coffee on!” I smiled as I heard the second guest, putting down his book and saying, “And if there isn’t, let me know and I’ll make a fresh one!”Walter, who looks just like he arrived from Finland, is a serious football fan. Shortly after he came to spend five weeks with us while receiving cancer treatment, he determined that our old television in the guest lounge downstairs was in need of an upgrade, and went to Walmart. An hour later, the Packer’s were playing on the 55” set, and Walter and two other cancer patients were cheering them on.

For Walter, it’s as much about feeling at home as it is about getting the cancer care he needs. When your body is fighting, your soul needs comforting. He loved that he could give something back to the people who were helping him get through this tough time in his life. It gave him a sense of connection and ownership here.

And the Packers won.

Mary Tavernini Dowling, Beacon House CEO

Walter was also featured in our latest promo video, for his great beard…

 

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Staying at Beacon House
Our comfortable, convenient, and homelike atmosphere inspires hope, emotional support and shared strength among families dealing with serious illness. Accommodations include:
  • Close proximity to UP Health System and Peninsula Medical Center
  • 33 clean, comfortable private rooms with baths (Each room sleeps 2-4)
  • Four handicapped friendly accessible rooms
  • Cribs and wheelchairs available
  • Family-friendly dining area with 3 complete kitchen work stations (complimentary coffee and bagels)
  • Warm and welcoming lounge areas for guests to relax, watch TV or chat with others
  • Private lounge for our radiation and chemotherapy patients
  • Fun-filled playroom on-site for children
  • Computer room and wireless internet
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities
  • Ample parking next to building
  • Caring, helpful staff
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Lobby & Guest Rooms

Guest Room Lobby Front Desk
During check in hours, you’ll be greeted by one of hospitality hosts who will show you all around Beacon House and explain how our donation based program works. Our guest rooms are clean and accommodating, with one or two beds.

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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.