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From left to right, State Senator Ed McBroom, Township of R-Waucedah; City of Marquette Commissioner Sally Davis; Gayle Mariucci; Steve Mariucci; former city manager of Marquette, Mike Angeli; Jenn Hill, City of Marquette Commissioner; and Mary Tavernini-Dowling, CEO of Hospitality House of the Upper Peninsula, are featured at the Beacon House Ribbon Cut on Wednesday. (Newspaper photo by Taylor Johnson)

Steve Mariucci speaks at the Ribbon Cut as CEO of Hospitality House of the Upper Peninsula Mary Tavernini-Dowling and Tom Izzo, Northern Michigan University alumnus and Michigan State University head basketball coach . (Newspaper photo by Taylor Johnson)

Beacon House donors Tom and Kelly Reynolds speak at the ribbon cutting ceremony as Tavernini-Dowling watches. (Diary photos by Taylor Johnson

MARQUETTE – The Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House celebrated its new location in Marquette with a ribbon cutting Wednesday afternoon with Steve Mariucci himself cutting the ribbon.

The former Northern Michigan University student and former head coach of professional football and his family are longtime supporters of the Beacon House. They helped launch the Legacy of Love campaign which raised funds and donated $ 500,000 to help build the new facility.

“I am a Yooper, the Yoopers take care of the Yoopers and we also take care of everyone who visits the UP” said Mariucci.

The Beacon House is a donation-based organization whose mission is to

“Provide compassionate and supportive services with a safe and affordable place to stay for patients, families, loved ones and caregivers in times of medical crisis when home is too far away” according to the organizers.

Mary Tavernini-Dowling, CEO of the Hospitality House of the Upper Peninsula, was grateful to all of the donors who made the new Beacon House possible.

“Today was an absolute dream come true. We were surrounded by people w

ho helped and supported us ”, she said. “There are so many people, we had over 2,800 people who donated to this cause. Every dollar bill we received, every one of them meant the world to us. “

The Beacon House Bridge that faces Seventh Street has been named the Mike Reynolds Bridge, in honor of donor son Tom and Kelly Reynolds, Mike.

Three and a half years ago, they were living in Chicago when their son was in an accident about 100 miles from Marquette. They ended up spending the next three weeks in the hospital and as guests at the Beacon House.

“The Beacon House became for us a place where we slept, a place to have a quick snack or food, a place where we could clean ourselves every day, wash our clothes to have clean clothes and spend time with them. other people who also had family in the hospital and share our experiences ”, said Tom Reynolds.

“The Beacon House was a home away from home for us and an absolute godsend. To look at now and to know for years to come, there will be many families who will use this as their home when they need it, for that it is an amazing place.

Guests contribute money they are comfortable with. No fixed amount that must be given by the guests.

The average stay at the Beacon House is three nights with the longest stay being 337 nights. Being located next to the hospital allows families and loved ones easy access to the hospital if they need to go there immediately.

Closner Construction began construction on the 27,000-square-foot, two-story, multi-million dollar building in August 2020.

“It was great to be a part of that” Closner employee Mark Mitchell said. “In my 39-year career with the Carpenters Union, this will definitely be the most rewarding thing I have ever done. “

Mariucci, swollen with joy and appreciation, remarked: “On behalf of my family, the board of directors, the people who were involved in this 100 per hour race, this is our Christmas present to the UP”

Taylor Johnson can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248. His email address is [email protected]

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