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Find a glass raft on Lincoln City beaches and support local nonprofits

Find a glass raft on Lincoln City beaches and support local nonprofits
Find a glass raft on Lincoln City beaches and support local nonprofits

Since 1999, Finders Keepers has been hiding colorful glass balls on Lincoln City’s beaches nearly every day. This summer, some of those balls are raising money for dozens of nonprofit organizations along the Oregon coast.

The Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation commissioned 128 specialty floats, hand-crafted by Lincoln City Glass Center and Alder House. The floats were hidden earlier this month by the Finders Keepers float fairies. Each float is linked to one of 50 Coastal nonprofits, and when someone registers their find, the foundation makes a donation to the nonprofit.

So far, only 55 of the flotsam finds have been recorded as discoveries. That means dozens more are still waiting to be discovered along Lincoln City’s 7-mile-long beaches, from Roads End in the south to Siletz Bay, according to a press release.

The first 10 floats found each triggered donations of $5,000 to $10,000. Subsequent finds resulted in smaller donations, with the foundation awarding a total of $128,000 in grants. (Although not all floats are recorded as finds, the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation will still distribute all of the funds.)

Marie Lamfrom served as a nurse in World War I and fled Nazi Germany with her family to Portland. “My grandmother loved the Oregon coast – especially beachcombing and searching for treasures like agates and glass fishing floats,” says her granddaughter Sally Bany.

Beneficiary nonprofits include organizations focused on education and mentoring, arts and creativity, and health and wellness along the entire Oregon Coast, including Wally’s House, Liberty Theatre Astoria, Newport Symphony Orchestra, Helping Hands Reentry Outreach Centers, Food Roots, and Lincoln City Cultural Center.

The foundation commissioned the special cars to celebrate the 128th birthday of Marie Lamfrom, the mother of Gert Boyle, longtime chairman of Columbia Sportswear, and the grandmother of Sally Bany, who co-founded the foundation in 1998.

“My grandmother loved the Oregon coast – especially combing the beaches and searching for treasures like agates and glass fishing floats – and we couldn’t think of a better way to honor her legacy than by supporting the coastal communities she loved so much,” Bany said in a press release about the specialty floats.

Mims Copeland is a social media producer and trending reporter for The Oregonian/OregonLive. You can reach her at [email protected]

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