Dear Friend of Gull Rock:
As the thermometer dips low this time of year, and the Lake Superior snows start to tap on the lantern room glass, those of us at Gull Rock Lightkeepers would like to take the time to wish you a happy holiday season.
Thanks to your help, we had a highly successful fundraising year in 2006, including a $40,000 roof-replacement grant from the state of Michigan. But things moved more slowly for the lighthouse in 2007. This was chiefly due to the state of Michigan’s grant moratorium—a moratorium that held-up our $40,000 grant, and forced us to postpone our badly needed roof replacement work until the summer of 2008. Unfortunately we were not alone in this regard. Hundreds of Michigan grant recipients were similarly hurt by the state’s grant moratorium this year.
I am happy to report, however, that the state grant moratorium has now been lifted, and we are once again shifting into high gear at Gull Rock Lighthouse, busily conducting our off-season preparations for a full lighthouse roof replacement next summer, as well as the fundraising necessary to ensure that the job is done in a complete and timely manner. Our ultimate goal, of course, is to eventually open the lighthouse to the general public so that people from around the world can visit this unique and historically significant light station. Much work remains to be done, however.
As we are working down our year-end checklists, we assume that you are likely doing the same. As you do, we hope that you will consider adding Gull Rock Lightkeepers to your list of year-end tax-deductible gift giving. After all, restoring one of Lake Superior’s most picturesque and storied lighthouses would not be possible without the generous support of lighthouse enthusiasts like you.
Thank you for your time and consideration, and we look forward to keeping you posted on new developments at Gull Rock Lighthouse in 2008.
Peter Annin Executive Director
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