Every year, the Home Builders Association of the U.P. (HBA) and the Marquette Builders Exchange (MBE), co-hosts of the UP 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.

2017 Charities

The Home Builders Association chose Bay Cliff Health Camp, who sold tickets for their Annual Harley Davidson Raffle.

Bay Cliff is a year-round, nonprofit therapy and wellness center for children and adults with physical disabilities. Bay Cliff’s priority program is a seven-week, summer therapy camp session serving children with orthopedic, speech, hearing, and vision disabilities. The children work towards goals of increased independence and living a fuller life. Bay Cliff also sponsors a week-long recreational camp for adults with physical disabilities, an adaptive paddling workshop, a health and wellness retreat for polio survivors, winter recreation for the children and adults that attend our summer programs, family programs for children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and obesity, and a professional development workshop for pediatric therapists.

Socks donated at the 2017 U.P. Builders ShowThe Marquette Builders Exchange chose Foster Closet of Michigan, Marquette County Branch  They held a new sock drive, receiving 628 pairs of socks at the Show. All were donated by the public. Local construction companies such as Closner/Skanska, Range Telecommunications and 41 Lumber held sock drives in their offices for the organization as well.

Cherish Ostola, Branch Manager of Foster Closet of Michigan, Marquette County Branch, receieves a check for $500 from Jennifer Lammi, Exective Director of MBE
Cherish Ostola, Branch Manger of Foster Closet of Michgan, Marquette County Branch, receives a check for $500 from Jennifer Lammi, Executive Director, MBE


Foster Closet also received a $500 donation from the Marquette Builders Exchange as they were their chosen charity for the U.P. Builders Show, and received numerous donations from the public to help fund their expenses.

Foster Closet of Michigan is a tax-exempt, 100% volunteer-based non-profit which provides clothing, underclothing, toys, shoes, baby equipment and gear to children placed in the foster care system in the State of Michigan. These items are new/like-new and have all been donated. There are 23 branches in Michigan. To get involved or donate items, contact your local branch.

The essential work of non-profits and charities in our community is important to both organizations hosting the show. Although each represents for-profit businesses in construction in the Michigan, both are non-profit 501(c)6 associations.

If your charity/non-profit organization would like to be considered, please contact:
Jennifer Lammi, Executive Director, Marquette Builders Exchange, 906-226-1140, or Sarah Schultz, Executive Officer, Home Builders Association of the U.P., 906-228-2312,

Past Charities


Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS)  – MBEUPAWS

UPAWS’ Mission is to improve the quality of life and welfare for domestic animals and to
provide a safe haven while finding lifelong homes for the animals in their care. They embrace the No Kill philosophy, seeking to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals.

UPAWS gave out information about their new building project.

Professional Women in Building – HBA

The PWB is a service organization is a premier professional organization that provides strategies and solutions for professional women in the building industry. PWB provides women pwbin the building industry with the professional advantage necessary to succeed and excel and gives women who are members of our council many opportunities for leadership at the regional and national levels. There are networking and educational opportunities, legislative awareness and outreach, and professional and personal development. PWB is not gender specific and men are welcome to join as well.


Grant Henriksen Memorial Fund – Both HBA & MBE


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


Girl Scouts – MBE


Child & Family Services of the Upper Peninsula – MBE


Girl Scouts -MBE


Marquette Regional History Center – MBE