Fri, 28 Jun 2013 00:25:38 GMT — Dozens of national and local celebrities golfed Thursday to support the Beacon House in Marquette. It was for the third annual U.P. Celebrity Golf Classic, a massive fundraiser for the Beacon House. The 2013 golf classic was another hole in one. Hundreds of people dotted the Marquette Golf Club accompanied by celebrities. This is retired Minnesota Viking Rickey Young's first time at the classic. He says the two-day event has been a great experience. "You make new friends and you meet new people, and the event itself last night was outstanding. We got the storm, that kind of got rid of some of the heat; perfect day for today," said Young. All proceeds go right back to the Beacon House, a non-profit hospitality house for patients receiving medical care and for their loved ones. Steve Mariucci, NFL Network analyst and U.P. native, has hosted the event each year. This is the Beacon House's biggest fundraiser of the year, and it keeps growing. This year, there are over 60 celebrities total. "I'm completely in awe. I've never seen anything like this. I've never been a part of something so magnificent. I'm absolutely humbled," said Mary Dowling, event coordinator and Director of Development for the Beacon House. Returning celebrity, Chuck Klingbeil, says he plans to come back each year, even though he's not much of a golfer. "All these celebrities do a great job, and this is probably the premiere fundraiser in the U.P., if not the State of Michigan," said Chuck Klingbeil, former Miami Dolphin and current Michigan Tech Defensive Line Coach. There were 20 local celebrities at the classic, including three from TV6: news director Regena Robinson and morning co-anchors, Greg Trick and Vicky Crystal. "We're having a blast out here, and as you can see I've got very minor skills. As long as I've got my teammates behind me telling me what to do, it's a great game," said Vicky, laughing. Vicky may not have been the best golfer on the course, but she was very excited that she managed to make her first putt of the day on her first try. The Celebrity Golf Classic concludes with dinner and awards at the 19th Hole Party.
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