Celebrities from all over the country came to Marquette Thursday to compete in the second annual Beacon House Celebrity Golf Classic. After 10 months of planning, the event was an even bigger success than last year's inaugural classic.
Celebrities took to the golf course in some friendly competition at the Marquette Golf Club. The Celebrity Golf Classic is a fundraiser for the Beacon House in Marquette. The Beacon House is a non-profit organization that provides free housing for visitors when a loved one is in the hospital.
"I'm so grateful because it's all for Beacon House, and everyone here, 100 percent of the people here are doing this for Beacon House because they care, and I love that they're doing it for people they'll never meet, who will never get a chance to say thank you, and that just blows me away," said Mary Dowling, event coordinator and Director of Development at the Beacon House.
Most of the celebrities were professional athletes. They started the day with a breakfast buffet before each celebrity teed off with a team of four. NFL network analyst Steve Mariucci was the host and played a huge role in helping organize the golf classic.
"The impressive thing, the celebrities have come from all over the country, from Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago, and downstate Michigan. You name it," said Mariucci.
There are 54 celebrities here this year. The tournament has grown so much since the last year that they're now using both the Heritage and Greywalls courses. For some, the classic was a fun getaway for a good cause, and others aimed for a trophy, but the feedback from everyone was overwhelmingly positive.
"Mooch is a great guy, and I'm excited to be with Nick the snowboarder, and I'm the skier, so we have a great time together," said U.S. skier Terry Ahola.
"Absolutely, and it's just an honor when people ask you to be a part of something so cool and to go have some fun golfing here on this awesome course," said U.S. Snowboarder Nick Baumgartner.
"When I got out here and saw all of the hard work that everybody has been doing, it's unbelievable. I feel like this is just...on a scale of one to ten, this is a 20," Dowling said.
Last year the classic raised $55,000 for the Beacon House. They've surpassed that number this year, but Dowling won't know an exact number until June 29. The main goal is to keep making the golf classic bigger and better every year.
The day ended with an after party when everyone was done golfing.