Mock debate to benefit Beacon House

MARQUETTE – Double Trouble Entertainment plans to host a comedic “Monumental Mock Debate” Saturday to benefit the Beacon House.

Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. at the Landmark Inn, with the debate slated to begin at 8:30.

According to a press release, Joe Black of Joe’s Cakes will play the role of Hillary Clinton and Beacon House board member Jesse Schramm will portray Donald Trump at the inaugural “Champagne Campaign” event.

“After watching the debates and (Saturday Night Live) recreate it, there was no way we couldn’t have our own Marquette version,” said organizer Denise Elizondo of Double Trouble Entertainment. “We thought it was a great idea to help fill the void for Beacon House in the absence of their Reverse Draw event with a hilarious parody party!”

Marquette’s versions of Ivanka Trump, Bill Clinton and Gary Johnson will also make guest appearances at the event, which will feature a voting and kissing booth, bucket raffles, a silent and live auction, hors d-oeuvres and a cash bar.

Tickets to the event are $10 online at Double Trouble’s Facebook event page and eventbrite.com or $15 at the door. The entry fee goes directly to the Beacon House’s campaign to raise $6.2 million for a new 60-room facility.

The event replaces the U.P. Hospitality House’s annual Reverse Draw Raffle fundraiser, according to the release.

“We are so appreciative of Double Trouble Entertainment for hosting this event. The funds raised will help greatly with operations expenses,” said Beacon House CEO Mary Dowling in the release. “We were unable to host the Reverse Draw with all our Capital Campaign activity right now. We’re traveling to every corner of the U.P. to share our plans with the communities we serve. Double Trouble knew our situation and stepped in and offered to host an event for us! They are so incredibly creative. This looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Kelsie Thompson can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.