Lighthouse fund gets a rockin’ contribution

Third Coast Committee members presented Mark Fedder, Manistee County Historical Museum Director, and Manistee Mayor Colleen Kenny a check for $10,000 for Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse restorations on Friday.

Third Coast Committee donates $10,000 after Forest Festival reunion concert

MANISTEE — Those who say rock ‘n’ roll can’t change the world were proved wrong this summer by a group of Manistee classmates.

The group, dubbed the Third Coast Committee, announced a $10,000 donation to the Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse restoration on Friday. The funds were raised during the Salt City Rock & Blues Reunion concert on July 5, featuring Band X, Red Apple Road and Bo White and the Bluezers.

“It’s been a real pleasure working with the Third Coast Committee,”said Bob Ogilvie, committee member. “It couldn’t have taken place without everybody’s help. It was a wonderful time, and it’s a great memory that all of us will have for a long time.”

The idea for the concert came last fall, when the classmates gathered to reminisce and make plans for a class reunion. One memory led to another, and the concert gained a life of its own.

“We certainly appreciate the opportunity to do this for the town and all of the people here,” said Al Kukla, committee member.

Friday’s gift brings the lighthouse restoration fund to roughly $110,000 of its $230,000 goal. Those leading the charge hope painting can start in 2015.

“I hate to play the part of Mr. Obvious, but we all know the lighthouse is looking pretty shabby these days,” said Mark Fedder, director of the Manistee County Historical Museum. “This is a project that former museum director and current lighthouse coordinator Steve Harold has been working on for about the past 20 years.

“We are incredibly grateful and appreciative of the Third Coast Committee, the Manistee (Area) Chamber of Commerce and all of the volunteers and sponsors for the event. We are also very grateful for the community’s continued support of this project.”

Band X (shown), Red Apple Road and Bo White and the Bluezers reunited on July 5 to play the Salt City Rock & Blues Reunion, which raised $10,000 for the restoration of the Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse.

During the presentation, Fedder reported that the fundraising is on schedule. The lighthouse restoration board will apply for more grants and plans future fundraisers to bridge the gap.

Because the lighthouse has been repainted so many times, the plan calls for a complete stripping before repainting this time.

“The lighthouse will go down to bare metal, it’ll be primed, and then there will be a long-life, high quality paint coating put on,” Steve Harold, Lighthouse coordinator previously told the News Advocate. “That paint coat is going to look good. The one contractor we have talked to talked about a paint job that is good for 45 years, but there will be two touch ups in that period.”

Donations for the lighthouse restoration can be sent to “I’m the lighthouse keeper campaign” c/o the Manistee County Historical Museum, 425 River St., Manistee, MI, 49660.

 

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