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Beacon House fundraiser a success

September 17, 2012
By ADELLE WHITEFOOT - Journal Staff Writer ( , Journal Ishpeming Bureau

MARQUETTE - Being a bike friendly community made Marquette the perfect place for the Beacon House to host its first-ever "Spokes of Hope" bike ride Saturday.

The fundraiser was held as a benefit for Beacon House, which serves as a hospitality house for people who are in town for medical treatment and their family members.

The MarquetteAlger County Medical Society and Elizabeth's Chop House were the main sponsors of the event.

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Bicycle riders head out Saturday morning during the inaugural Spokes for Hope, a fundraiser for the Beacon House in Marquette. A Beacon House official said more than 60 riders participated, which was more than expected for the first year of the event. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)

"They joined forces to try to create a family friendly, healthy excise and good food event for us to raise money for Beacon House," said Mary Dowling, director of development at Beacon House.

More than 60 people attended the event, which was more than Dowling said she expected for the first year of the fundraiser.

"This definitely exceeded my exceptions," Dowling said.

" We have over 60 people registered and I was only expecting about 50."

The ride was dedicated to two people staying at Beacon House, including a woman whose 16-year-old daughter is at Marquette General Hospital for medical treatment.

"Her daughter is paralyzed from the waist down and will be here for quite some time at best," Dowling said.

The other guest is being treated for cancer, Dowling said.

"Having a peaceful, supporting place to stay while recovering has really helped his healing process," Dowling said.

Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401.



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