Celebrity golf outing raises $122,600 for Beacon House

MARQUETTE — The 2017 Upper Peninsula Celebrity Golf Classic held last week in Marquette brought in roughly $122,600 to support operations of the Beacon House.

The amount is slightly lower than 2016’s fundraising total of $164,000, but organizers said it still surpassed the $30,000 goal for the event, according to a press release from the Beacon House.

“The resources involved to make the (fundraiser) as epic as possible involves countless employee and volunteer hours, planning and logistics from vendors and the golf course, for whom we are so grateful,” Beacon House CEO Mary Dowling said in the release. “For the seventh year in a row, this event has raised crucial operating funds to keep Beacon House open and available throughout the year.”

Money was raised through sponsored teams, guest donations, as well as silent and live auctions, which raised more than $50,000 from the sale of sports memorabilia, autographed items and sporting events tickets, the release states.

The fundraiser, held at Greywalls and Heritage golf courses, featured several unique events, including a field goal kicking contest, multiple $1 million hole-in-one competitions for golfers, and a hole-in-two challenge offering a two-night stay at Pebble Beach, which former Detroit Tigers pitcher John Hiller won.

“We like to take care of our guests and sponsors, and themed holes helps keep things entertaining,” Dowling said. “But it’s important the community walk away from the event understanding why (we) do this. It’s to keep us operating. We are making a difference in the lives of patients and their families, and continued donations throughout the year help make that possible.”

The private, non-profit hospitality house provides accommodations and services to patients who require specialty medical care at UP Health System-Marquette, along with the patients’ families.

Ryan Jarvi can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 270. His email address is rjarvi@miningjournal.net.