Grand Gala for Beacon House brings campaign to $1.4 million


Fifty guests at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island joined Steve Mariucci and his wife Gayle on Wednesday, June 13, to host a “Major-Donor” Capital Campaign Pledge Party for Beacon House. Invited guests included Mariucci’s long-time friends Tom and Lupe Izzo, as well as other major contributors to the Beacon House Legacy of Love Capital Campaign to build a new Beacon House next to the new hospital in Marquette.

Overall, the event attendees pledges and donations totaled over $1 million dollars, including the Mariucci families own donation of $300,000 and Tom and Lupe Izzo’s pledge of $50,000 to bring the campaign total to nearly $1,400,000.00.

“This was the most incredible boost to our fundraising campaign,” said Steve Mariucci. “We can’t break ground on the first phase of the new Beacon House until we reach $3 million in pledges. This gets us nearly half-way there, and has given us the momentum we were hoping for.”

The event at the Grand Hotel was sponsored by UP Health System- Marquette in order for all the funds raised to go directly to the campaign to build the new Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House. Many of the major donors attended and enjoyed two nights on the Island with fine dining and entertainment, biking, boating and hiking. Some donors were unable to attend, but sent their regards along with significant contributions.

“When we received the check for $50,000 from Eddie DeBartolo, the former owner of the San Francisco 49ers, we were stunned,” said Mary Dowling, CEO of the Hospitality House of the Upper Peninsula. “Mr. DeBartolo and his family could not attend but still wanted to honor Steve Mariucci by supporting his cause. Many of Steve’s other friends did the same, including Gary Bechtel (Bechtel Construction) and his foundation, and the results have been extraordinary.”

Upper Peninsula business leaders and individuals were also invited, including all sponsors of the previous Celebrity Golf Classic for Beacon House.

“When we began this campaign, many of our golf sponsors told us they could afford to support the golf outing or the campaign, but not likely both. We chose to suspend the golf outing in order to put 100% of our efforts into raising the money we need to break ground on the new facility as soon as possible,” said Mariucci. “I am happy to help by also including people in my circle of friends from California and across the country. Now we can turn to the people of the U.P. that Beacon House serves, and ask for their support at any level they can afford as well.”

Major Pledge/Donors to the campaign now include Steve and Gayle Mariucci and the Mariucci Family Foundation, Dr. Matthew and Laura Songer, River Valley Bank, John (JP Electric) and Renee Prince, John & Theresa Fortier and Doug & Berta Rigoni (Bacco Construction), Dr. Tom and Sue LeGalley, Tom and Lupe Izzo (Michigan State University Basketball), Gary and Jacquie Bechtel (Bechtel Contracting), Danielle Randall (Foothills Foundation), John and Suzan Spaulding (Meijer Store Marquette), Mike and Rose Oswald (Hill & Wilkinson), Dennis and Renee Smith, Melissa and Sven Holmquist (Upper Peninsula Health Plan), Darlene and John Martin (Select Realty), Eddie DeBartolo Family (San Francisco 49ers), Baroness Kandy Kaye Horn, Ed and Julie Farrington (MJ Electric), Gary Filizetti (Devcon Construction), Vince and Monajean Rose(44 North), Dr. Wael and Michele Khouli, along with several anonymous donors.

The U.P. wide campaign has been underway since December of last year, and has raised over $210,000 so far, with new efforts underway to create awareness of the ease and ability to assist the campaign by making smaller monthly recurring donations through the website ( with a credit card. A U.P. Pledge Party is also being planned for August 16 in Marquette, featuring some of the nationally recognized celebrities who have attended past golf outings.

Beacon House has been operating the 33-room facility on Third Street near the current hospital since 2002, as well as the 21-beds hospitality program in the hospital. When the hospital announced it was building a new hospital over 15 blocks away and no hospitality rooms would be included in the design, it was determined that a new Beacon House should be built next door, giving patients and families the closest proximity to the hospital as possible.

Duke LifePoint and U.P. Health System donated the land on their new property for the non-profit organization to build on, once the necessary funds to construct it have been raised in cash and pledges. The overall construction costs are estimated to be $3 million for the first phase which will include 20 rooms and guest services.

Beacon House is the only hospitality house in the Upper Peninsula and provides as safe, affordable place to stay for patients and families who travel to Marquette from long distances for emergency and critical medical care. Over 250,000 guest nights have been provided since opening their doors in 2002, and ninety-six percent of the guests come from across the Upper Peninsula.

For more information on the Beacon House, visit or contact Mary Dowling at 906-225-7100.

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