For the first time ever, the United States Lighthouse Society has issued a public appeal for help in raising $50,000 in order to receive a matching grant of $50,000 for the final phase of the restoration of Washington State’s Point No Point Lighthouse.
The national nonprofit group, which manages the Point No Point Lighthouse, has been offered a grant of $50,000 to help restore the historic light station, but they can only receive the money if they also raise an additional $50,000. And they need to raise the money by the end of June.
So far the group has only been able to raise a little over $10,000, so they have a long way to go and very little time to do it.
The money is needed for the third and final phase of the restoration of the light station that addresses the exterior of the keeper’s house, which is the most expensive part of the restoration.
Over $200,000 has already been spent to upgrade the facility, and now the lighthouse group is so close to completion, but yet so far.
“It would be a shame to lose that large amount of money because we couldn’t meet the match,” said Jeff Gales, executive director of the U.S. Lighthouse Society.
As an extra incentive, donors of $500 or more will have their names permanently displayed on a plaque at the lighthouse and they can also request a discount for an overnight stay.
However every donation, regardless of the amount, is important to achieve their goal.
The Point No Point Lighthouse was established on the west side of Puget Sound in Hansville, Washington in 1879 and automated in 1977. The lighthouse station is now also the headquarters to the United States Lighthouse Society, which rents out the keeper’s house for overnight stays. The station’s workshop is now a gift shop with rotating museum exhibits.
Donations, which in most cases are tax deductible, can be mailed to the United States Lighthouse Society, 9005 Point No Point Road, Hansville, WA 98340. Donations can also be made by credit card by calling the U.S. Lighthouse Society at (415)362-7255.
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