Love Our Lighthouse Day Efforts A Success

OSWEGO – The H. Lee White Maritime Museum’s Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse Committee worked for more than a year to offer the Oswego Lighthouse Benefit Auction on April 25 as part of Love our Lighthouse Day held at the American Foundry.

Meanwhile, other community residents were working to raise funds in other unique ways.

Michele Hamer
Michele Hamer

As part of the first ever Adult Prom held on April 18, resident and dedicated volunteer Michele Hamer coordinated two other fundraising events – a chicken BBQ at Gibby’s Irish Pub and a taco night held at the Oswego Yacht Club.

Adult Prom, a fundraising event for multiple local not-for-profit organizations, required individuals to raise funds prior to the prom itself.

Hamer surpassed her $2,000 goal by raising more than $3,600 for the lighthouse.

“She raised a lot of money and was crowned Adult Prom Princess as the second runner up,” said Mercedes Niess, executive director of the Maritime Museum. “We are so grateful to Michele for her enthusiasm and energy to raise funds and support for the Oswego Lighthouse project.”

The museum’s appreciation is extended as Hamer has been selected as the museum’s April “Volunteer of the Month.”

A crowning achievement for any volunteer.

For more information on how you can support or how to donate to the lighthouse restoration project, please contact the H. Lee White Maritime Museum at (315) 342-0480 or visit

Be sure to like the official Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse Facebook page at for updates and restoration progress.