Memorial Swim to benefit Beacon House

Marquette, MI: A benefit swim will be held Sunday in Negaunee at the Teal Lake shoreline.  It will be in memory of Linda (Ward) Halverson.

Organizer Lisa Wetton has designated Beacon House as the recipient of the event, which is now in it’s second year.

“Linda felt very passionate about supporting the efforts of organizations like Beacon House, which is a non-profit organization which provides families with a place to stay while loved ones are in the hospital, as well as for people to recover after surgery when they have nowhere else to go,” explained Wetton.

“When her children were born prematurely in Green Bay eight years ago, she was able to
stay at the Sundara House, and was grateful to be able to stay there and be near her babies.”

Anyone interested in swimming is encouraged to join Wetton and Halverson’s family and friends in the Sunday morning swim across Teal Lake. The swim is 3 miles and ends at Al Quaal, Ishpeming.

Participants are asked to arrive by 10:30 a.m.  The swim will begin at 11 a.m.

“Please send a donation if you’re unable to join us. No donation is too small; five dollars, ten dollars, anything helps,” said Wetton. “My goal is to raise a minimum of $1,000.00 in Linda’s memory. She would have loved us doing this.”

Halverson died in boating accident in 2010 while visiting a family cottage in Little Lake.

Donations can be sent to:  Lisa Wetton, 709 Croix Street, Negaunee Mi 49866, payable to Beacon House.

For more information, please call Mary Dowling at 906-225-7100 or email For more about Beacon House,  visit