WALNUT CREEK -- The Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation has given a $50,000 challenge grant to Save Mount Diablo to help pay for the restoration of the historic beacon atop Mount Diablo.
Save Mount Diablo has been heading a restoration project to fix the beacon that is turned on every Dec. 7 on Pearl Harbor Day.
Repair estimates hover around $100,000, and now the Lesher Foundation has agreed to match any donation of any size, dollar for dollar up to $50,000, according to a Save Mount Diablo news release. The group itself has raised $20,000.
"It is crucial to have these funds now so the Beacon can be restored and returned in time for local Pearl Harbor Survivors to light it again this Dec. 7 in memory of their fellow shipmates," according to the news release.
The beacon is scheduled to be taken from the summit building in mid-June for restoration.
To donate or to learn more about the beacon, go to www.savemountdiablo.org.
Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617. Follow her at Twitter.com/enardi10.