MARQUETTE - The second annual Upper Peninsula Celebrity Golf Classic kicked off with Wednesday's Match Up Party at L'Attitude and Waterfront restaurants in downtown Marquette.
It included a live auction and served to place the more than four dozen celebrities with their sponsored groups for today's golf outing on the Greywalls and Heritage courses at the Marquette Golf Club.
Organizers said last year's event raised about $50,000 and hope to double that this year for the Beacon House, which for 10 years has served as a hospitality house for patients and their loved ones who are receiving medical care in the area.
Retired Detroit Pistons star Bill Laimbeer addresses the crowd Wednesday evening at L’Attitude while the matchups were being chosen for today's Upper Peninsula Celebrity Golf Classic. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
Steve Mariucci is the event's host and presenting sponsor for the Mariucci Family Foundation. He was honorary chairman last year. Mariucci is an Iron Mountain native who quarterbacked Northern Michigan University to the 1975 national football championship, later going on to coach with the NFL's Green Bay, Detroit and San Francisco franchises. He is currently a lead analyst with the NFL Network.