A granddaughter of Whirlpool Corporation co-founder Frederick S. Upton is making the first major gift to the Lighthouse Forever Fund. The city of St. Joseph announced Friday a $100,000 gift from Aubrey and Katie McClendon of Oklahoma City. Katie is the daughter of Priscilla Upton Byrns and the late Chester Byrns, and grew up in St. Joseph. In a statement released by the city, she says the lighthouses need to be preserved and are "an important symbol of the community," adding the Lake Michigan shoreline wouldn't be the same without them. The fundraising campaign will kick off next Friday, May 16 with the unveiling of the City of St. Joseph's public art exhibit.
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