Lighthouse marks 5th birthday

CAMBRIDGE — More than 200 revelers gathered on the Choptank River waterfront on Oct. 14 to mark a community milestone — the 5th anniversary of the opening of the Choptank River Lighthouse in the fall of 2012.

Held at the Cambridge Yacht Club, the “Light Night” event was a benefit for the Cambridge Lighthouse Foundation, the nonprofit group that works to draw and welcome visitors to the Lighthouse and then connect those visitors with other businesses and attractions in Cambridge and Dorchester County.

“The turnout for this event exceeded all of our expectations and showed us once again just how much pride this community takes in the Lighthouse and the way it helps to draw visitors and bring business into our town,” said Cassie Burton, the Foundation’s president.

The event featured music, dancing, auctions, door prizes, and more. At sunset, James Montgomery of the investment firm Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas delivered a toast of remembrance in honor of the late Rufus and Lorraine Todd, the local couple whose generosity was a key turning point in the campaign to get the Lighthouse built.

During the live auction portion of the event, Cambridge resident J.T. North placed a winning bid of $2,000 on Choptank River Lighthouse commemorative license plates #1 and #2 and then gifted one of the plates to Burton in honor of her tireless work on behalf of the Foundation.
The Light Night event was organized by a team of community volunteers led by Cheryl Willey and including Lori Powley, Jennifer Grier, Lollie Walters, Nancy Johnson, and Ms. Burton. More than 50 local businesses and individuals contributed services and auction items to the affair.

“The outpouring of generosity that greeted our requests for help and donations was truly an extraordinary thing to behold,” Ms. Burton said. “The Foundation is very lucky to be doing the work we do in a place so full of people who recognize what an important asset we have in the Choptank River Lighthouse and are so eager to help us try and make the most of that asset on behalf of the community.”

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