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Council accepts gift for lighthouse
By Melanie Yingst
myingst@civitasmedia.com

TROY — Celebrating the past and illuminating the future, the Troy Foundation presented an $80,000 Legacy Gift to Troy City Council on Monday to rebuild the historic Treasure Island lighthouse.

The Legacy Gift was in honor of the 90th anniversary of the Troy Foundation, which was presented by executive director Melissa Kleptz and Arthur Haddad, a member of the distribution committee.

Kleptz said the Troy Foundation’s Legacy Gift for the lighthouse fits the foundation’s vision of honoring the past by offering a gift for the future.

“(The Legacy Gift) fit a lot of different ideas we had to help preserve the city’s past, but also looking forward to giving a gift to the city’s future,” she said.

Troy Foundation’s previous Legacy Gifts to the city of Troy include the mobile stage in 1999 for its 75th anniversary as well as an $80,000 Legacy Gift to enhance the city’s summer concerts in downtown Troy for its 80th anniversary. The foundation also continues to donate $10,000 towards the downtown concert series and programs each year.

“This gift demonstrates The Troy Foundation’s continued respect for our past, acknowledges our quality of the present and looks forward to a bright future vision,” said Mayor Michael Beamish in a press release. “Thank you for your support for the riverfront development project. You are, and will continue to be, a beacon of light for Troy.”

The original Treasure Island lighthouse oversaw the river area at the park.

A new restroom facility will be constructed in the spring at Treasure Island. The city received an Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant of $80,000 in 2013 for the facility.
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