MARQUETTE, Michigan (WLUC) – Donors can now see the progress of their investment in the new Beacon House in Marquette.
With protective helmets on donors, legislators and UP executives toured the new Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House.
Hospitality House of the Upper Peninsula CEO Mary Tavernini Dowling said she raised $ 3 million for the first phase of the project.
The future Hospitality House on Seventh Street near the new UP Health System Marquette is expected to open around Christmas.
Many of the contributors to the $ 4.5 million project have a personal connection, including former NFL coach and yooper Steve Mariucci.
“I went around sneaking in on my own to see it and I got very emotional,” said Mariucci. “My mother was in the old hospital. Marquette General Hospital, so I get it. “
Tom and Kelly Reynolds stayed at the old beacon house in 2018 when their son got into an ATV crash.
“The beacon house became our home away from home,” said Tom Reynolds. “It sounds strange, but it was really a ray of hope for us.”
Although their son died, the impression that the beacon house made on them will last a lifetime. They donated $ 175,000 for the new building.
“The fact that we can do a small part to ensure that this continues and let other people experience it, that simply means the world to us.”
There will be a communal kitchen, conference room, TV lounge, children’s playroom and 22 private guest rooms. However, the private rooms will not have televisions.
“You don’t want people to be alone in their rooms when they’re grieving and stressed,” said Tavernini Dowling. “They want them to come into the community and be with the people who are going through what they are going through.”
The Beacon House continues to solicit donations to complete the building as construction costs increased during the pandemic. Visit their website to find out how to donate.
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