The essential work of non-profits and charities in our community is important to both organizations hosting the show. Every year, the Home Builders Association of the U.P. (HBA) and the Marquette Builders Exchange (MBE), co-hosts of the U.P. Builders Show, each choose one charity/non-profit organization to be a part the show. Their booth fees are covered by the sponsoring organization, and they are permitted to have a raffle or fund-raiser. The HBA and MBE also donate $500 to their charity/non-profit organization.

2018 Charities:

The Marquette Builders Exchange has chosen Area 36 Special Olympics, which serves 329 athletes in Marquette, Alger, Baraga, Houghton, and Keweenaw Counties. Teams in Area 36 include: Alpine Skiing, Aquatics, Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cross Country Skiing, Cycling, Flag Football, Golf, Physical Fitness, Poly Hockey, Powerlifting, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Softball, and Young Athletes. They will be raising funds to provide new uniforms for their cycling, athletics and swimming teams. Follow them on Facebook to stay informed about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. You can find them in Booth # 8.

The Home Builders Association has chosen the Professional Women in Building, who will be raffling a playhouse to help fund their student scholarships. The PWB supports the professional development of women of the home building industry through educational series, training and leadership skills for the overall building industry, and assists in accomplishments for the NAHB, NAHB-PWB and the local HBA of Northern Michigan. You can find them in Booth # 82.

If your charity/non-profit organization would like to be considered, please contact: Jennifer Lammi, Executive Director, Marquette Builders Exchange, 906-225-1216, or Sarah Schultz, Executive Officer, Home Builders Association of the U.P., 906-228-2312,

Past Charities


Bay Cliff Health Camp – HBA
Foster Closet of Michigan, Marquette County Branch- MBE


Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS)  – MBE
Professional Women in Building – HBA


Grant Henriksen Memorial Fund – Both HBA & MBE


Women’s Center – MBE
Upper Peninsula Honor Flight – HBA