The Block Island Times

Lands' End 'adopts' Southeast Light

By Lars Trodson | Aug 22, 2014

The Southeast Lighthouse has been adopted.

On Friday, Aug. 16, the clothing company Lands' End announced the adoption of the Block Island icon by presenting a $30,000 check to the U.S. Lighthouse Society. The funds will go toward lighthouse preservation, and out of that donation, $10,000 will go directly to the Southeast Light.

The presentation was made on a picture-perfect summer morning. Southeast Light Foundation Executive Director Lisa Nolan Boudreau accepted the donation on behalf of her group.

“Thank you to everyone at the U.S. Lighthouse Society and Lands' End. We are honored to have been chosen to be the first lighthouse to receive a grant through this exciting new preservation program,” she said. “On behalf of the Southeast Lighthouse Foundation, thank you again for this generous support.” She was joined by Block Island Historical Society Executive Director Pam Gasner, and Southeast Light Foundation member Eliot Nerenberg.

“I am so excited to be here as we launch this program which will enable us to improve lighthouses so that they can be enjoyed for generations to come. This program fits so wonderfully with our company’s heritage — it’s no coincidence that our logo is a lighthouse,” said Marla Ryan, Senior Vice President of retail for Lands' End. Also present at the ceremony was Jeff Gales, Executive Director of the U.S. Lighthouse Society.

“For thirty years, the U.S. Lighthouse Society has assisted in the restoration and preservation of America’s lighthouses, and with the generous funding from Lands’ End, we look forward to preserving the remaining symbols of our maritime heritage,” Gales said in prepared remarks.

“As part of this donation, Lands' End will be adopting this uniquely beautiful lighthouse and U.S. National Historic Landmark, which we are all standing in front of,” Ryan said. “We chose to help restore the Block Island Southeast Lighthouse because of the important role it played in helping ships clear the dangerous shoals and ledges of the ‘stumbling block’ of the New England coast.”

The Victorian-style lighthouse was built in 1874 and, because of ongoing erosion of the nearby Mohegan Bluffs, the 2,000-ton structure was moved 300 feet back from the cliffs in 1993.

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