December 2, 2023


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DCMM reaches $9.2 million goal for Lighthouse Tower capital campaign

STURGEON BAY – The Doorway County Maritime Museum is closing the $9.2 million money marketing campaign for its Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower right after a recent private donation meant the campaign attained its intention.

The museum was awarded a $1.75 million grant in early February from the Wisconsin Department of Administration’s Tourism Money Grants Method, which Sam Perlman, deputy director and improvement manager for the museum, stated at the time put the museum “fairly close” to satisfying the campaign intention.

The $9.2 million capital campaign closed for the new, 10-story Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay after the fundraising effort recently reached its goal. Two of the floors now have exhibits in place and the rest will be filled before the tower's May 22 grand opening.

Subsequently, David G. Hatch, previous operator and president of Sturgeon Bay-centered restaurant tools maker Hatco, stepped up with a gift to close the last funding gap for the marketing campaign.

The marketing campaign originally established a target of $5.5 million, but the last purpose ended up at $9.2 million, with about $2.1 million earmarked for new exhibits that will fill the tower.

Much more than 400 specific, family members, corporate and foundation donors contributed to the campaign considering the fact that it began much more than six a long time ago. This incorporates $1 million from the George F. Kress Basis, a donation of far more than $975,000 from DCMM board member John Baumgartner, and a $250,000 Group Progress Investment decision grant from the state’s Wisconsin Financial Advancement Corp.