ROXBURY, NJ – Hoping to gather donations, the organization that restored the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad station in Landing is offering chances to win a tiny model of the old building.
For each $25 donated to The Lake Hopatcong Foundation on Nov. 27, contributors will receive one entry into a drawing for three “miniature” train stations, said the non-profit group. The 4-inch-long models of the station were made by Lilliput Lane Model Stations of England, it said, noting the miniatures are “cast in Amorphite, hand-painted and nestled in a gift box with an official Lilliput Lane deed.”
The miniature station giveaway is part of the foundation’s participation in #Giving Tuesday, “a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide,” it said.
The foundation is also hoping to incentivize the fundraising by offering those who donate at least $250 an invitation to a wine and cheese reception at the train station prior to its official grand opening.
At the event, Lake Hopatcong historian and foundation Chairman of the Board Marty Kane and Principal Historic Preservation Specialist Margaret Hickey from Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects will give a presentation. The program will take guests through the last four years of renovation of the station, described as a “key transportation hub for many years” on Lake Hopatcong.
Those who come up with at least $1,000 will have their name permanently recognized on a plaque that will be hung in the Train Station. (Any donations previously made to the Train Station will be included in a contributor’s final donation total.)
Additionally, the foundation said it has a donor who will match up to $10,000 in donations through the #GivingTuesday campaign.
The foundation said it raised more than $7,000 during last year’s #GivingTuesday effort.
“As the LHF prepares to move into the Lake Hopatcong Train Station before the end of the year, it seemed fitting to feature the building in the #GivingTuesday campaign,” said the foundation. “The circa-1911 building, which has recently been rehabilitated, will become the headquarters for the organization, as well as the Lake Hopatcong Environmental and Cultural Center, which will promote the natural, cultural, and historical value of the region while also providing a center that can accommodate special events, community gatherings and educational programs.”
“We are so thankful for our donors throughout the year, of course, but it’s always heartwarming to get this boost during Giving Tuesday,” said LHF president Jessica K. Murphy. “This year, with our imminent move into the historical Lake Hopatcong Train Station building, it seemed perfect to incorporate that special building into this day of giving.”
Those interested in joining the LHF’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit lakehopatcongfoundation.org/givingtuesday2018.
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