A successful fundraiser for Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse was held on September 23, 2022. Almost 200
people boarded the Catherine Marie, a 200’ Watermark vessel. The fundraiser was conceived in late
spring 2022 to provide funding for additional preservation activities. Incredibly, the cruise was sold out
in just 4 days.
A team of volunteers took their mission very seriously, raising thousands of dollars in sponsorships and
obtaining over 65 donated items for our auction. The sunset cruise was preceded by a week-long on-line
auction, then silent and live auctions aboard the boat. About $50,000 was raised. The guests enjoyed a
fantastic catered dinner, 800 oysters donated by Hollywood Oysters, a wine pull, raffle and music and
dancing by the iconic Eastport Oyster Boys band.
A special presentation was made to State Senator Sarah Elfreth for her tireless support of the
lighthouse. And USLHS Vice President Henry Gonzalez congratulated the volunteer efforts that have
made Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse such a special place.
The event was enormously successful, so many happy faces watched the sun set behind the lighthouse.
It is clear that we will have to do this again.