GWINN — Bike Night means a great time and a great ride, and all for a great cause. Even though the weather may not have been the best for a ride tonight, local bikers and friends came out to support a local charity. The Up North Lodge restaurant in Gwinn hosted a benefit for Beacon House sponsored by 44North. The event held several different kinds of raffles and all the proceeds from those raffles went to Beacon House – a local non–profit hospitality house for medical patients and their families.

Principal at 44North,Vince Rose says, “I think it’s an awesome organization. We’ve supported it for a number of years, and will continue to. What they do for people in need is a great thing for our community, so we’re just happy to be a part of helping them out through this event and other things throughout the year.”

Rose says this is the third year the company has sponsored Beacon House at Bike Night. As a sponsor, 44North went out and purchased the raffle items and offered a financial contribution, too.

CEO of Beacon House, Mary Tavernini–Dowling says, “We’re grateful with whatever was raised. Last year was fantastic, they raised over $850 for us. This year I think there’s going to be a lot more than that – this place is mobbed.”

One of the owners of Up North Lodge, Sally Searle says, one of the reasons the restaurant hosts Bike Night is to take care of each other in the community. Searle says Bike Night has raised about $85,000 for charities in Marquette County since it started about eight years ago.

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