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Posted Jan. 8, 2008

Door Campaign Off to Promising Unofficial Start

With just a quick preview of the condition of the main door at Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse in their most recent newsletter, members of the Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation have begun responding to the need for funds to replace the door.

Over the Christmas holiday, the Foundation received the first donations, amounting to more than $1,500 -- a promising start to an effort that hopes to raise money to finance the door project.

The door and frame are so rusted they're breaking apart! Hinges are so far gone it takes a strong man to open the door! The latch is in such bad shape we fear an easy break-in!

Replacing the entire door and surrounding iron framework is now a TOP PRIORITY in order to insure the security and continued use of the lighthouse!

The project is no easy task. It will require a custom fabricated iron door and frame, extensive on-site torch cutting for removal of the old frame and welding for installation of a new one, skilled metal workers and a work boat with a heavy duty crane.

In 2008, the Foundation will launch an extensive fund-raising drive to generate grants and private contributions to pay for this absolutely necessary work.

All donors to the Foundationís Door Campaign will receive a handsome certificate featuring the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse and an old time keeper coming through the original lighthouse door. The certificate will acknowledge the donor or whomever the donor designates to be honored.

The person on the certificate will also be listed along with all other donors on the Foundationís website www.delawarebaylights.org during the campaign and on a plaque inside the lighthouse once the project is completed.

Donors will also receive an acknowledgement letter to document the contribution for tax purposes.

The Foundationís initial fundraising goal for the 2008 Door Campaign is $12,000. However, the total cost of the project may well exceed that amount when the cost of ship time is included.

At this time, the Foundation is looking for qualified metal fabricators interested in undertaking the project and investigating options for obtaining a work boat.

In addition to financial contributions, suggestions and in kind contributions of labor, materials, and work ship time would be most welcome.

Contact the DRBLHF at P.O. Box 708, Lewes, DE 19958 or call the answering service at 302-644-7046.

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