Sponsor a Step

DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society is seeking sponsors for the 32 restored steps on the spiral staircase of the DeTour Reef Light for $1,500 each.

Built in 1931 a mile offshore, the DeTour Reef Light stands guard in northern Lake Huron at the far eastern end of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. DRLPS was formed in 1998 as a nonprofit organization to restore and preserve this unique historic structure located at the strategic entrance to the St. Marys River. Major restoration of the exterior and interior was completed by DRLPS in 2004 and public tours to the lighthouse began in 2005.

Here’s a unique opportunity to step into the future by protecting the past and help preserve, restore and maintain the DeTour Reef Light by sponsoring a step on the spiral staircase leading to the lantern that keeps the Light on. Donors can obtain a permanent legacy on one of Michigan’s historical maritime monuments.

Step sponsor’s name, step number (beginning with the first step at the top of the staircase and are each stamped with a Roman numeral), and other desired data will be engraved on a brass plaque mounted on an oak board displayed on the wall at the entrance to the spiral staircase. Additionally, each sponsor will receive a personalized plaque and certificate commemorating the step purchase. Steps are limited, as there are only 32, and will be sponsored on a first-come-first-serve basis.

If desired, you can designate the sponsorship in honor or memory of someone special or a business, or to commemorate a special occasion, or provide a lasting gift for someone special.

Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. Participate in this wonderful investment into the DeTour Reef Light’s future and make a lasting tribute to its care with this once-in-a-lifetime chance to Sponsor-a-Step on the lighthouse’s spiral staircase for the preservation of the DeTour Reef Light for now and future generations.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Download our Step Sponsor Form.