Lighthouse Foundation names Jim Duffy as new director

Special to Dorchester Banner/Jill Jasuta Photography Jim Duffy, director of the Lighthouse Foundation

Special to Dorchester Banner/Jill Jasuta Photography
Jim Duffy, director of the Lighthouse Foundation


CAMBRIDGE — The Board of Directors at the Cambridge Lighthouse Foundation announced this week that Cambridge resident Jim Duffy has been hired as the organization’s new part-time executive director. The Foundation is a nonprofit that works to promote and enhance the Choptank River Lighthouse.

“Having that beautiful beacon standing out there at Long Wharf is such a phenomenal asset for our town,” Mr. Duffy said. “I can’t wait to get to work trying to help this community make the most of it.”

A meticulous replica of a six-sided screwpile lighthouse that guided mariners along the Choptank River for generations, the Lighthouse has drawn more than 15,000 visitors since opening in 2012. It has also become a visual symbol for the revitalization of Cambridge, appearing in newspapers and magazines around the region and the country, and a source of local pride in the town’s heritage.

Board President Cassie Burton said that the Foundation search committee was impressed by the combination of skills in Mr. Duffy’s background. He directed the nonprofit Cambridge Main Street program between 2008 and 2012, and he is a veteran writer and editor whose work has been featured in a number of regional travel magazines and institutional publications. Mr. Duffy is also the founder of Secrets of the Eastern Shore, a local business that celebrates the region in words, pictures, and products.

“That mix of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, and marketing and communications is just what we were looking for,” Ms. Burton said. “We’re excited to have Jim aboard, and we’re confident that he can help us take the work of the Foundation to the next level.”

The Cambridge Lighthouse Foundation currently operates a volunteer “Keeper” program that has local residents on duty at the Lighthouse Fridays through Sundays to guide visitors through the exhibit materials and connect them with other attractions and businesses in town and around Dorchester County. The organization also works to promote the Lighthouse as a destination for visitors through advertising, social media, and other marketing strategies.

“Economic development is a key part of the Foundation’s mission,” Ms. Burton explained. “Our work is not just about drawing people into town — we want to try and make sure those people end up in our shops, restaurants, and hotels.”

One of the new initiatives on Mr. Duffy’s plate will be the first annual “Light Night” party, a fundraising event coming up at the Cambridge Yacht Club on the evening of Oct. 15. Proceeds from that event will be used to help bolster existing programming and launch new initiatives. Information about that event is available at LightNightCambridge.com.

The organization is also in the early stages of developing a proposal to install “monument” lighting at Long Wharf that would better showcase the Lighthouse through the nighttime hours and be a more visible landmark to cars arriving in and passing through town along US Rt. 50.

More information about the Lighthouse and the Foundation is available at ChoptankRiverLighthouse.org and Facebook.com/ChoptankRiverLighthouse. The contact information for the Lighthouse is 410.463.2653 and ChoptankLighthouse@gmail.com.

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