Take advantage of our Fishtown Shanty Aid* Double-Match Challenge:
Your donation to The Campaign for Fishtown will help keep Fishtown open and safe. Right now your “Fishtown Shanty Aid” donation will be matched by a double-match challenge opportunity:
- The Jeffris Family Foundation, of Janesville, Wisconsin, has pledged a “Fishtown Shanty Aid” match for donations designated to the rehabilitation of Carlson’s Fishery, the Village Cheese Shanty, and Fishtown’s oldest building, the Morris Shanty. Upon raising $320,000, Fishtown Preservation will receive $160,000 from the Foundation.
- To inspire gifts to the Jeffris “Fishtown Shanty Aid” match, an anonymous donor has offered to match to “anyone that loves Fishtown”—dollar for dollar—cumulative gifts up to $50,000 towards the rehabilitation of the three shanties.
Please click below button to donate now and note that your donation is designated to “Fishtown Shanty Aid” or print and mail this Jeffris Fishtown pledge form* to Fishtown Preservation.
More ways to give:
• Mail your donation check payable to Fishtown Preservation, PO Box 721, Leland, MI 49654
• Call the Fishtown Preservation office at 231-256-8878
• Stop by our office ~ 203 E Cedar Street, Leland
• Become a sustainable Fishtown Anchor – click here
• Please share this information with your contact lists and on social media – #fishtownshantyaid
* Fishtown Shanty Aid was also the name of a planned fundraising event scheduled for June 21, 2019. The event was cancelled due to potential safety issues from record-breaking high water levels in Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau, and the increased volume of water flowing over the Leland Dam. This combination has caused intermittent flooding and river seiches in Fishtown, further damaging the infrastructure and shanties. The water levels are forecasted to rise throughout the summer.
Fishtown Preservation already has building and site plans in place for the shanty rehabilitation work, to replace the docks and retaining wall and to resolve other water issues related to road runoff that have caused problems in Fishtown since 2012. The organization anticipates work to begin in the fall (2019), but cannot proceed until funds are raised.