Mackinac Island Raises over $9,000 for Copper Country Flood Relief

Employees of Mackinac Island’s Seabiscuit Café & Ice House BBQ raised over $9,000 and donations are still coming in. Lift U.P., the BBQ benefit was the held on Mackinac Island Sunday, July 8th from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Ice House BBQ, located at the Island House Hotel on Main Street. Over 150 island residents and visitors attended the event with the opportunity to win door prizes, bid on silent auction items and listen to The Draught House Boys acoustic live. All the funds raised will be delivered to the Keweenaw Community Foundation which distributes 100% of its fund to victims of the recent flash floods that caused devastating property damage in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula.

The silent auction big-ticket items included tickets to a Tigers game, spa services, art, a tour and sampling at the Upper Hand Brewery in Escanaba. Over $1000 was raised from the silent auction. Door prizes included a large gift basket of Bell’s Brewery swag and two tickets to Macktoberfest at the Ice House BBQ in October.

Lift U.P. was sponsored by the Callewaert family-owned businesses on Mackinac Island that includes the Seabiscuit Café where staff members like Julie Savoy, have connections in the counties hardest hit by the floods.

“When my house in the Copper Country burned to the ground 15 years ago the community was there to help me get back on my feet,” Savoy said. “When I shared with my colleagues how much that community means to me and my family, they wanted to help and Lift U.P. is the end result of their generosity.”

“The Upper Peninsula holds a special place in hearts of Mackinac Island residents and visitors alike,” Callewaert said. “We’re a tight-knit community and helping each other in tough times is what we do.”

Thunderstorms struck the Upper Peninsula on Sunday, June 17 and dropped up to 7 inches of rain on Houghton and Menominee counties, as well as in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota. Three people were reported killed, including a 12-year-old Michigan boy. More than 60 sinkholes were reported across the Keweenaw Peninsula.

The Callewaert family owns Island House Hotel, Ryba’s Fudge Shops, Island House Bike Shop, Starbucks, Mary’s Bistro Draught House, Pancake House, Pine Cottage Bed & Breakfast, 1852 Grill Room, Ice House BBQ, and Seabiscuit Café. Additional information about the Callewaert family businesses visit

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