2014-06-12 / Sports

UP Celebrity Golf Classic gears up for fourth year

Event will feature TV star, sports greats

MARQUETTE – Steve Mariucci is gearing up to host the fourth annual Beacon House UP Celebrity Golf Classic on June 25 and 26 at Marquette Golf Club. So far, 35 celebrities have confirmed their attendance to play with golf teams from across the U.P., including Jay Feely, Arizonia Cardinal kicker; Lem Barney, NFL Hall of Fame; Charlie Sanders, NFL Hall of Fame; Robert Brooks, former Green Bay Packer; Eddie Murray, former Detroit Lions kicker; Matt Shepard, FOX Sports; and Captains Keith and Monte Colburn, Deadliest Catch. PGA Pro Rickard Strongert of Madrid, Spain is scheduled to headline a new addition to the event; the Jay Feely Celebrity Golf Clinic, along with PGA teaching pros, Donald Crawley, Fred Muller, David Albreicht and others. More celebrities often confirm closer to the event date.

This annual event now generates one-third of the Beacon House’s annual operating expenses through the sponsored teams and individual players.

While most of the Greywalls teams are filled, there are still six openings for teams. Heritage is more than half filled and has 14 teams still available. Organizer Mary Tavernini Dowling hopes the reduced rates on Heritage this year will allow more teams to play and help to increase the participation in the event.

“We listened to those who wanted to join us but thought the ticket prices were too high,” Dowling said. “By offering the golf portion on the Heritage Course without all the additional events and gifts allows a more affordable entry fee of $250. This includes the entire June 26 events, including the breakfast buffet, celebrity competition, the Mooch Send-off, 18 holes of golf with carts, gourmet food stations throughout the course, hole in one prize chance to win a new Cadillac, and the famous 19th Hole Party.”

The major sponsors making this event possible include two organizations from Iron Mountain; MJ Electric and Bacco Construction.

Beacon House is a privately run non-profit organization that provides an affordable place to stay for patients and families receiving medical care in Marquette County. There is no cost to stay at Beacon House and guests are asked to donate what they can afford.

Fundraisers such as the UPCGC help to offset the expenses of running the hospitality house that are not covered by donations.

Since opening their doors in 2002, Beacon House has provided over 165,000 guest nights to cancer patients, NICU parents and grandparents, surgical patients and a variety of other types of guests who want or need to remain close to the hospital while receiving care.

To sign up to play in the UPCGC, or for more information about Beacon House or the UP Celebrity Golf Classic, visit their website,www.upbeaconhouse.org, or contact Mary Tavernini Dowling at (906) 360-6000 or email mary@upbeaconhouse.org.

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