Lighthouse Gala offers night of celebration under the stars


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The second annual Lighthouse Gala was held Feb. 8 to raise money to build future cottages on the grounds of the lighthouse.

Darrell Woehler

Participants gathered under the stars and the glow of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse on Feb. 8 for the second annual Lighthouse Gala.

The event was held on the grounds of the lighthouse, which is at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The event was to raise funds for the ongoing construction of the Keepers’ Cottages.  These cottages will replicate the original designs on the lighthouse grounds where the lighthouse keepers and their families lived.

According to Jim Underwood, president of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation, the ticket price for the evening included membership in the Lighthouse Foundation.

Registered patrons were picked up at Exploration Tower at the port and bused to the event.  The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation was established in 2002. It is dedicated to promoting access to the lighthouse, providing the public with knowledge and history and rebuilding three cottages that once stood on the grounds of the lighthouse.

“What once was, can be again.”

Food for the evening was promoted as a “Lighthouse Gala Menu — A Butlered Fare” and provided by Wild Ocean Seafood, Fishlips, and Rising Tide tap & table restaurants.

On hand to help in providing escorts were four U.S. Coast Guard Aids to Navigation teams from Ponce de Leon Inlet.

“We had some 140 patrons, volunteers and guests enjoying the food, drinks and atmosphere,’’ said Jim Underwood, the foundation president. “Musical entertainment was provided by Tropical Groove-The Kornicki Brothers.  Throughout the evening, guests could sign up at a Silent Auction table for eight large baskets filled with goodies, which greatly aided in this fundraiser.”

In addition, sponsorship for this restoration project has also been provided by the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources and the State of Florida as well as funds from the Brevard County Commission.

For information on Cape Canaveral Lighthouse tours, call 321-307-2900 or go to CanaveralLighthouse.Tours. Tours also are provided by CanaveralWildlifeTours.com.

The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse originally was built in 1868 and recently celebrated its 150th Anniversary.  This lighthouse is one of 30 in the Florida Lighthouse Association.

The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse is the only fully-operational lighthouse owned by the United States Air Force.

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