Protect them. Preserve them. Or lose them FOREVER.

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the story

What if our lighthouses were gone forever?

Imagine gazing across our beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline and not seeing the iconic North Pier lighthouses. The inner light, emblazoned with red and white, has adorned artistic and family photos for generations — our weddings, graduations, family gatherings — and even appeared on U.S. postage stamps. She is a part of who we are. But she may not last without your support.

A century of wind and water has taken its toll. No longer maintained by the federal government, the lighthouses now belong to us. If we don’t step up to repair and preserve them, they could disappear forever. But you can help. Support the Lighthouse Forever Fund and help our lighthouses keep watch … for us, and for future generations.

Making lasting memories more beautiful

“What a wonderful backdrop for the important times of your life — our wedding pictures are a beautiful keepsake.”

— Katie Mandarino

the effort

Join us in saving our landmarks

Our lighthouses are badly in need of repair after withstanding 100 years of crashing waves, brutal winds and constant use. Unless someone rescued them, they would eventually have deteriorated and been demolished.

Sadly, we have already lost much of our local lighthouse history. The original 1832 lighthouse, the lighthouse on the bluff and the South Pier lighthouse are all gone. Imagine the gaping hole in our lives if we lost our inner and outer lights, too.

To make sure that didn’t happen, the City of St. Joseph took possession of the lighthouses and the Lighthouse Forever Fund Committee was organized to raise $2 million through private donations to restore them to their historic condition. After that, the City will fund ongoing maintenance through General Fund tax revenues.

These beacons are a part of our community. A part of our individual stories. They are an important part of who we are.

Don’t lose them forever. Your donation will help ensure our lighthouses create more stories for another century … and beyond.

Bringing thousands to our beaches

“We have some of the most beautiful beaches and sunsets in the world. But what truly identifies our community and sets us apart from all the others along Lake Michigan is our lighthouse. It is our signature.”

— Bill Marohn

committee

Lighthouse Forever Fund Committee Members

Honorary Chairs

John Carter, M.D.
Merlin Hanson
Steve Upton
David Whitwam

Committee

Bob Judd, Chairman
Joen Brambilla
David Burghart
John Carter, M.D.
Fran Chickering
Rick Dyer
Bill Hanley
Millicent Huminsky
Bill Johnson
Bill Marohn
Pat Moody
Jeff Noel
Bill Schalk
Jill Stone
Mike Thieneman
Amy White

“If we lose them, we lose part of ourselves.”

— Bob Judd

restoration plan

Restoration Plan

Prevent further deterioration of structures

  • Hazardous materials testing
  • Outer light stabilization
  • Critical repair of structures
  • Inner light and fog signal building repainting

Maintain safety and integrity of structures

  • Structural repairs to outer light
  • Repairs to inner light and fog signal building: first floor, lantern and ventilation
  • Catwalk repair and repainting

Provide safe access to structures and possibly return them to their previous appearance at a given point in their history

  • Complete rehabilitation, new doors and wiring of fog signal building and inner light interior
  • Fabricated ventilation parts and doors
  • Catwalk painting

Saving hundreds of lives

“Our grandfather Ferdinand Ollhoff was keeper from 1916-1927. When the weather turned foggy, Grandpa had to stoke the boiler that ran the steam-operated foghorn in the lighthouse until the fog lifted, which sometimes took days. He and his assistant took shifts and checked the lights every six hours. He maintained the South Pier light, the North Pier lighthouses, the catwalk and the dwelling his family lived in. He knew how treacherous the lake could be and had great respect for it.”

— Sally & Norma Ollhoff

faq

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did the City of St. Joseph take possession of the lighthouses?

The federal government is declaring surplus any lighthouses no longer needed as aids to navigation and, therefore, is no longer paying to maintain them. Recognizing the historic significance of lighthouses to their local communities, Congress passed the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000 that gives local municipalities the chance to take ownership of their lighthouses at no cost.

The lighthouses have been a part of our history since the first one was built in 1832. The current lighthouses have guided countless ships and stood strong against relentless wind and water for more than 100 years. The inner lighthouse is arguably the most-photographed subject in our community. She has appeared on U.S. postage stamps, in travel magazines, websites, social media, TV, books, paintings, videos, T-shirts and is even featured in the City of St. Joseph logo. They are a part of who we are.

Why not let a private party buy the lighthouses?

When our lighthouses were deemed surplus five years ago, no organizations or individuals expressed interest in saving them. And even if someone did, we would have no control or guarantee that our historic landmarks would be properly cared for.

What would happen if the City didn’t take possession of the lighthouses?

The federal government will no longer maintain them. If no one bought them and paid for restoration and ongoing repair and maintenance, they would continue to deteriorate until they were eventually demolished and replaced with simple light poles like the one on the South Pier. The City of St. Joseph taking possession of the lighthouses was the ONLY way to save them.

Why are we raising money to restore them?

Age and weather have deteriorated them over the years. Because the federal government is no longer maintaining them, and because no other parties expressed interest in saving them, the City must raise the money to restore them. We want to preserve them as icons of our area, for generations of residents who cherish lifelong memories, for the millions of tourists who flock to our shores and for future generations who can enjoy them as much as we have.

What’s the total cost?

Around $2 million to restore the lights and catwalk. The City of St. Joseph will fund ongoing maintenance costs through General Fund tax revenues.

Will any tax money be used to fund this?

No. Money is being raised for the restoration through private donations to the Lighthouse Forever Fund through the City of St. Joseph and the Berrien Community Foundation. Gifts to the fund are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

What will happen, and when, during the restoration?

Restoration is planned for 2015 and will include three parts: preventing further deterioration of the structures, maintaining safety and integrity of the lighthouses and providing safe access and possibly returning them to their previous appearance at a given point in their history.

What will we see in the community during the campaign?

This community-wide effort will reach out in a number of ways. Print materials, a website, social media and more will touch residents, visitors, lighthouse lovers and others for donations to preserve our historic landmarks.

When will the campaign end?

The Lighthouse Forever Fund will continue until restoration is complete. After that, any remaining money will be placed in a separate fund to be used for possible future enhancements.

How can I donate?

The City is partnering with the Berrien Community Foundation, which has extensive experience in fundraising administration and has generously volunteered to help gather and manage donations to the fund. For donation information click here.

recent news and upcoming events

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Deadline nearing to get on lighthouse donors' wall

January 11, 2016

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Donor wall construction and dedication delayed to spring 2016

September 15, 2015

(ST. JOSEPH, Mich.) As part of the challenge to raise $2 million, the Lighthouse Forever Fund (LFF) committee has recognized the importance of acknowledging the project donors, as well as the overall success of the campaign. To that end, a donor wall has been designed and will be constructed in Tiscornia Park, near the entrance to the catwalk and lighthouses. Donors with contributions totaling $500 or more will be recognized on this donor wall.

On January 12, 2015, the City Commission authorized Nicholson Associates, Inc. of Bloomfield, Michigan to construct the donor wall at a cost of approximately $30,000. At the time the bid wasawarded, it was thought that the donor wall would be constructed and installed in October 2015, immediately following the completion of the lighthouse restoration and that a dedication ceremony would take place at that time. In conjunction with the construction and installation of the donor wall, city staff plans to construct an ADA compliant sidewalk contiguous to the wall to ensure safe and unobstructed viewing access.

The donor wall subcommittee, including Commissioner Chickering, Liz Glendening, Bob Judd, Anne Keech, and Bill Schalk, has been meeting with staff over the past weeks to finalize and assess the donor wall and sidewalk design and site plan. Based on several factors, including construction time lines, potential inclement weather and the need to raise additional funds to complete the entire lighthouse restoration project, the City Commission approved the recommendation by the committee to delay the construction of the donor wall and sidewalk and postpone the dedication ceremony until spring 2016.

The LFF committee is pleased to announce that, to date, 260 donors have contributed $500 or more and will be included on the donor wall. All donations totaling $500 or more and received before March 15, 2016 will also be acknowledged on the donor wall.

For more information, contact Susan Solon, City of St. Joseph communications and marketing director, at 269-983-5541 or ssolon@sjcity.com.

Lighthouse Forever Fund’s Final Push Targets Catwalk Renovations

May 28, 2015

(ST. JOSEPH, Mich.) Thanks to the generosity of dozens of individuals, corporations and organizations the Lighthouse Forever Fund has secured more than $1.7 million of its $2+ million goal to restore and preserve the historic lighthouses in St. Joseph, Mich. Michigan-based Mihm Enterprises has been selected as general contractor for the project by the St. Joseph City Commission.

"We are thrilled that we have raised sufficient funds to do the renovations to the inner and outer lights,” said Fund Chairman Bob Judd. “But it is financially critical that we close the gap on our goal so we not only can complete the lighthouse renovations, but also perform much needed maintenance and restoration work on the North Pier catwalk.” Judd said that bids for renovating the lighthouses came in under the original estimates, but that the costs of repairing and maintaining the catwalk came in higher because the deterioration was greater than anticipated. “In order to complete all of the work this year, we need to raise the remaining $345,000,” said Judd. “If we do not raise the additional money, we will have to do the catwalk restoration in the future."

Judd said the fund would continue to accept donations until all restoration work is complete. To help complete the campaign, visit lighthouseforeverfund.org or contact Susan Solon, City of St. Joseph communications and marketing director, at 269-983-5541 or ssolon@sjcity.com.

Lighthouse Forever Fund Surpasses $1.7 Million With Two $25,000 Donations

Apr 24, 2015

(ST. JOSEPH, Mich.) Donors recently made two $25,000 donations to bring the Lighthouse Forever Fund total to more than $1.7 million. The first donation came from Roy and Marcia Armes. A second gift was presented to Bob Judd, chairman of the Lighthouse Forever Fund, during the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council (SWMTC) annual meeting. The SWMTC donation came from local tourism businesses and the Shoreline Assessment District hoteliers.

Steve Wells, president of the SWMTC, said the inner and outer lighthouses in St. Joseph, Mich., attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to the region year round. “Even though access to the lights on the North Pier is free, these historic icons are vital to our local tourism economy,” said Wells.

The Lighthouse Forever Fund now stands at $1.735 million of the $2 million needed to restore and preserve the lighthouses. There are, however, sufficient funds to begin exterior and structural renovations to the inner and outer lights in June.

“We have been working with the National Park Service and the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office to restore the lighthouses to their 1932 appearance,” said Judd. He added the restorations will require closing access to the North Pier through October but said onlookers can watch the historic transformation from shore or their boats.

Judd encouraged additional donors to help the fund reach its $2 million goal so the City of St. Joseph has the private funding it needs to also do interior renovations to the inner light and build a replica fog signal. “These renovations will greatly enhance the experience of seeing the lights for generations to come,” said Judd.

Anyone interested in contributing to the Lighthouse Forever Fund can make a donation through either the city or the Berrien Community Foundation. For more information about the project or donating to it, visit lighthouseforeverfund.org or contact Susan Solon, City of St. Joseph communications and marketing director, at 269-983-5541 or ssolon@sjcity.com.

Those interested can donate to the Lighthouse Forever Fund through either the city or the Berrien Community Foundation, both of which will maintain funds for the effort, or through www.lighthouseforeverfund.org.

For more information visit www.lighthouseforeverfund.org or contact Susan Solon, City of St. Joseph communications and marketing director, at 269-983-5541 or ssolon@sjcity.com.

Lighthouse Forever Fund Moves Ever Closer To Its Goal

Jan 6, 2015

The Lighthouse Forever Fund recently drew ever closer to its $2 million fundraising goal to restore and preserve St. Joseph’s inner and outer lights. Priscilla U. Byrns, Fifth Third Bank, D. Lou Gast, Bob and Carol Gerbel, Dan and Lupe Hopp, Bill and Jane Marohn, Marzke Family Foundation, St. Joseph-Benton Harbor Rotary Club Foundation, Carol Syles in memory of William Wilcox Syles, and Whirlpool Corporation have brought the fund to $1,636,000.
“We are grateful to these generous individuals and groups for helping us get closer to our goal,” said Bob Judd, chairman of the Lighthouse Forever Fund Committee. “We continue to reach out to the community for gifts of any amount so we can preserve these iconic landmarks on Lake Michigan.”
St. Joseph Mayor Michael Garey said the City has begun the bid process for working on the lights. He added that the City plans to honor the Lighthouse Forever Fund Committee at its City Commission meeting, January 12 at 6 p.m.

For more information visit www.lighthouseforeverfund.org or contact Susan Solon, City of St. Joseph communications and marketing director, at 269-983-5541 or ssolon@sjcity.com.

Fifth third donates $100,000 to preserve St. Joseph lighhouses

Oct 29, 2014

(ST. JOSEPH, Mich.) Fifth Third Bank announced it will donate $100,000 to the Lighthouse Forever Fund as part of the effort to preserve St. Joseph’s iconic North Pier lighthouses. The donation was made as part of a Whirlpool challenge match.

“We could not be more thrilled and are so thankful to Fifth Third Bank for their generous gift”, said Bob Judd, Chair of the Lighthouse Forever Fund committee.  “This significant contribution brings the Fund to over $1 million and ever closer to our dream that our iconic lighthouses will stand tall and proud for generations to come.”

In effort to help meet the $2 million fundraising goal, Fifth Third has opened a Lighthouse Forever Fund account for community members to make donations of any size. Contributions can be made at any local Fifth Third Bank branch and 100 percent will benefit the Lighthouse Forever Fund. For every contribution of $1 or more, donors will be given a North Pier lighthouse badge to be displayed in the branch.

“Our mission at Fifth Third Bank is to create better tomorrows for the communities we serve,” said Randy Reimers, Fifth Third Bank community president. “Helping preserve St. Joseph’s history for generations to come is part of that mission. This is an effort that is important not only to the Bank, but to the entire Southwest community, which is why we have opened our doors to maintain our Lighthouses.”

collect community contributions of any size – whether $1 or $100 – to help us meet our goal to The City of St. Joseph assumed ownership of the lighthouses for public, education and historic preservation in 2013. Shortly after, the city formed the Lighthouse Forever Fund committee to raise $2 million in private funds to restore the lights and catwalks of the historic icons.

Lighthouse Forever Fund Surpasses $1 Million

Nov 12, 2014

(ST. JOSEPH, Mich.) The Lighthouse Forever Fund has raised more than $1 million toward its $2 million fundraising goal to restore and preserve St. Joseph’s inner and outer lights.

Sizeable donations from The Boulevard Inn & Bistro, William Campbell, Chemical Bank, Edgewater Bank, the Fettig family, David and Eileen Resch, St. Joseph Improvement Association, The Schalon Foundation, Starks Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, the Todman family, Frank and Shar Walsh and David Whitwam helped bring the fund’s total to $1.25 million.

“We wish to thank these generous organizations and individuals for joining other donors and service organizations in building our fund for the lights,” said Bob Judd, chairman of the Lighthouse Forever Fund Committee. “We need to raise the remaining funds, but reaching the over-half-way milestone confirms our area’s commitment to keep our lighthouses forever.”.

The committee continues to solicit donations from businesses, foundations, groups and individuals throughout the community.

Judd said the committee continues to solicit donations from businesses, foundations, groups and individuals throughout the community. Those interested can donate to the Lighthouse Forever Fund through either the city or the Berrien Community Foundation, both of which will maintain funds for the effort, or through www.lighthouseforeverfund.org.

For more information visit www.lighthouseforeverfund.org or contact Susan Solon, City of St. Joseph communications and marketing director, at 269-983-5541 or ssolon@sjcity.com.

Lighthouse Forever Fund Receives $100,000 From Uptons

July 25, 2014

(ST. JOSEPH, Mich.) Another major donation has lifted the Lighthouse Forever Fund above $550,000 and past the 25-percent mark toward its $2 million fundraising goal to restore and preserve St. Joseph’s inner and outer lights. Stephen E. and Elizabeth Upton of St. Joseph recently pledged $100,000 to the fund.

“The Uptons’ generous donation continues the momentum that has built toward saving our historic lights,” said Bob Judd, former St. Joseph mayor and chairman of the Lighthouse Forever Fund Committee. “With their help, and the help of many others, we continue to get closer to our goal.”

Previous donations have come from the Hanson Family Foundation, Frederick S. Upton Foundation, Vail Rubber Co., the Lions Club of St. Joseph, Patricia Forbes of St. Joseph and Judd and his wife, Joan. The fund was kicked off by a $100,000 donation from Aubrey K. McClendon, CEO of American Energy Partners, LP, and Katie Byrns McClendon, granddaughter of Frederick S. Upton, co-founder of Whirlpool Corporation.

The committee continues to solicit donations from businesses, foundations, groups and individuals throughout the community.

Those interested can donate to the Lighthouse Forever Fund through either the city or the Berrien Community Foundation, both of which will maintain funds for the effort, or through www.lighthouseforeverfund.org.

For more information visit www.lighthouseforeverfund.org or contact Susan Solon, City of St. Joseph communications and marketing director, at 269-983-5541 or ssolon@sjcity.com.

Lighthouse Forever Fund Reaches $400,000

July 11, 2014

(ST. JOSEPH, Mich.) The Lighthouse Forever Fund has reached the $400,000 mark toward its $2 million fundraising goal to restore and preserve St. Joseph’s inner and outer lights.

The most recent donations to the fund have come from the Hanson Family Foundation, Frederick S. Upton Foundation, Vail Rubber Co., the Lions Club of St. Joseph, Patricia Forbes and former St. Joseph mayor Bob Judd and his wife, Joan, among others.

“We would like to thank the many people and organizations that have come forward, but there’s still more to do,” said Judd, chairman of the Lighthouse Forever Fund Committee.

The fund’s first major donation came in May from Aubrey K. McClendon and Katie Byrns McClendon of Oklahoma City, who pledged $100,000. Aubrey is CEO of American Energy Partners, LP and former CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corporation. Katie grew up in St. Joseph and is the daughter of Priscilla Upton Byrns and the late Chester J. Byrns, and is a granddaughter of Frederick S. Upton, co- founder of Whirlpool Corporation.

The committee continues to solicit donations from businesses, foundations, groups and individuals throughout the community.

Those interested can donate to the Lighthouse Forever Fund through either the city or the Berrien Community Foundation, both of which will maintain funds for the effort, or through www.lighthouseforeverfund.org.

For more information visit www.lighthouseforeverfund.org or contact Susan Solon, City of St. Joseph communications and marketing director, at 269-983-5541 or ssolon@sjcity.com.

Senior PGA Championship Pro-Am Golf Ball Sculpture To Be Auctioned To Benefit Lighthouse Forever Fund

May 16, 2014

(ST. JOSEPH, Mich.) The City of St. Joseph is reinforcing its claim as THE public art destination in Michigan by adding a distinctive piece to its 2014 Shining Sculptures public art display. A special golf ball sculpture honors the 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, May 22-25, at The Golf Club at Harbor Shores and it will be auctioned to benefit the Lighthouse Forever Fund. The fund is raising $2 million to restore and preserve the city’s iconic inner and outer lighthouses and catwalk.

Local artist John Foster, who created the “U.S. Coast Guard” lighthouse for the Shining Sculptures exhibit, created a golf ball sculpture that was placed at the 13th hole of the Senior PGA Championship Pro-Am. During the tournament, the ball was autographed by all 26 professional golfers — including 2013 Senior PGA Champion Kohki Idoki, 2011 Senior PGA Champion Tom Watson and 15-time PGA tour winner Fred Couples — and the amateurs they were paired with. The ball also features the Senior PGA logo along with the logo and scenes from Harbor Shores.

The golf ball sculpture is on display all summer at St. Joseph Today, 301 State St. It will be sold along with the lighthouse sculptures at the public art auction Sept. 27, with proceeds going to the Lighthouse Forever Fund.

“I liked the idea of golf ball sculptures for the city’s public art exhibit when I saw the ones in downtown Chicago, and I thought they would be a great tie-in to the Senior PGA tournament at Harbor Shores,” said St. Joseph City Commissioner Mary Goff, referring to the exhibit during the 2012 Ryder Cup near Chicago. “We chose lighthouses this year to support the Lighthouse Forever Fund, but we also wanted to celebrate the significance of the tournament coming to our area.”

Those interested in supporting the Lighthouse Forever Fund can donate through either the city or the Berrien Community Foundation, both of which will maintain funds for the effort, or through www.lighthouseforeverfund.org.

For more information visit www.lighthouseforeverfund.org or contact Susan Solon, City of St. Joseph communications and marketing director, at 269-983-5541 or ssolon@sjcity.com.

Lighthouse Forever Fun Receives First Major Gift

May 7, 2014

(ST. JOSEPH, Mich.) The Lighthouse Forever Fund has received its first major gift to restore and preserve St. Joseph’s inner and outer lights, weeks before the 2014 fundraising campaign officially kicks off in May.

Aubrey K. McClendon and Katie Byrns McClendon of Oklahoma City have pledged $100,000 toward the fund. Aubrey is CEO of American Energy Partners, LP and former CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corporation. Katie grew up in St. Joseph and is the daughter of Priscilla Upton Byrns and the late Chester J. Byrns, and is a granddaughter of Frederick S. Upton, co-founder of Whirlpool Corporation.

“Our sincere thanks to the McClendons for their generous gift to save our lights,” said Bob Judd, former St. Joseph mayor and chairman of the Lighthouse Forever Fund Committee. “Their donation has gotten the campaign off to a great start, and we’re confident that trend will continue as we move toward our $2 million goal.”

Katie said St. Joseph’s lights are a vital part of the region that must be preserved. “Our family has been in the St. Joseph area for over 100 years, and the lighthouses have stood for generations as an important symbol of the community,” she said. “The beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline wouldn’t be the same without them.”

The campaign’s official kickoff on May 16 will coincide with the kickoff of the City of St. Joseph’s 2014 public art exhibit, Shining Sculptures. The exhibit will feature 30 sculpted replicas of the lights done by area artists.

Those interested can donate to the Lighthouse Forever Fund through either the city or the Berrien Community Foundation, both of which will maintain funds for the effort, or through www.lighthouseforeverfund.org.

For more information visit www.lighthouseforeverfund.org or contact Susan Solon, City of St. Joseph communications and marketing director, at 269-983-5541 or ssolon@sjcity.com.

Lighthouse Forever Fund committee launches fundraising campaign

March 3, 2014

(ST. JOSEPH, Mich.) The Lighthouse Forever Fund Committee is launching a campaign to raise $2 million to restore and preserve the city’s inner and outer lighthouses and catwalk after taking possession of them from the federal government.

The city is taking advantage of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000. The law recognizes the historical significance of lighthouses to their communities, and allows local governments the first chance to take possession of their lighthouses before they go to public auction once the lighthouses are deemed surplus. In 2008 the U.S. Coast Guard declared that the St. Joseph lighthouses were no longer needed to aid navigation. The deed to the lighthouses was officially transferred to the City of St. Joseph in August 2013.

“Imagine looking out across the lake and not seeing them,” said Bob Judd, former mayor and chairman of the committee.

“We needed to take possession of our lighthouses to save them for future generations,” Judd said. “At the time they were declared surplus, no other parties expressed interest in saving them. Because the federal government is no longer maintaining them, the lighthouses would have continued to deteriorate until they were removed. If we lose them, we lose a part of ourselves. This was the only way for the city to save them.”

Judd added that losing the lighthouses would likely hurt our economy because they serve as an important tourist attraction. It would also hurt generations of residents who see the lighthouses as part of the region’s identity.

The city plans for restoration to take place in 2015 if the fundraising goal is met. Restoration includes three parts: preventing further deterioration of the structures, maintaining safety and integrity of the lighthouses and providing safe access and possibly returning them to their previous appearance at a given point in their history. The North Pier will be closed to the public in 2015 during the restoration. The two lighthouses have withstood severe weather and Lake Michigan’s pounding waves for more than 100 years.

The Lighthouse Forever Fund Committee has developed a promotional campaign that will reach out this year to individuals, grants and foundations, corporations and service organizations and other outside groups. In addition, the city is working with The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center to handle education and the public’s interface with the lighthouses such as through interpretive displays and tours.

Concerned citizens formed the Lighthouse Forever Fund Committee to raise money through private donations because the City of St. Joseph does not have the resources to fund the restoration, Judd said. Those interested can donate to the fund through either the city or the Berrien Community Foundation, both of which will maintain funds for the effort, or through www.lighthouseforeverfund.org. Contributions to the Lighthouse Forever Fund are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. After restoration, the city has earmarked General Fund tax revenue for ongoing maintenance.

For more information visit www.lighthouseforeverfund.org or contact Susan Solon, City of St. Joseph communications and marketing director, at 269-983-5541 or ssolon@sjcity.com.

lighthouse frame app

How would it look if we lost our lighthouses?
Find out.

Around town you’ll see several picture frames posted where you can get a great view of our lighthouses while looking through the frame. But take out your smart phone and you’ll get to see something else … how the view would change if we lost our lighthouses. It’s quick and easy to do.

  1. Scan the QR code on the sign beneath the frame.
  2. Step back and hold your phone in front of you as if taking a photo.
  3. Position the image you see on your phone within the picture frame.

You can also take your own photo and share it on your favorite social media: #lighthouseforever.

With your help, the Lighthouse Forever Fund can make sure no one will have to miss that view.

Frame locations:

  1. Lake Blvd. across from The Whitcomb
  2. Lake Blvd. across from the Boulevard Inn & Bistro
  3. The corner of Park St. and Lake Blvd.
  4. Next to the Silver Beach County Park parking lot
  5. On Silver Beach
  6. Next to the Tiscornia Beach parking lot

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Address and Phone Number

Lighthouse Forever Fund
City of St. Joseph
700 Broad St.
St. Joseph, MI 49085
269-983-5541

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