The symbol of the lighthouse is very dear to Lory’s Place. It is a
structure designed to emit light and serve as a navigational aid
to facilitate safe entries to harbors. It can act as a guide to draw
in those who are seeking direction, and is considered a beacon
of safety. This is why we selected the crystal image of a
lighthouse to be presented to the three recipients of the
bi-annual Lighthouse Awards.
Mrs. D. Lou Gast received the Outstanding Individual Award.
Born and raised in St. Joseph, Lou returned to her hometown
after college and has been an integral community member
her entire adult life. Lou’s interests are “playing in the dirt”
(loves to garden) and reading. Lou has been a very generous
philanthropic friend to Lory’s Place since our capital campaign in
2004. Lou shared, “It broke my heart when Lory was killed, and it
breaks my heart to see grieving children. I am happy to help and
do whatever I can for these grieving families.” Lory’s Place is very
grateful for the generosity of Lou, and her support of our mission
has been such a blessing.
The McLoughlin Family Foundation received the
Outstanding Corporate Partner Award. The McLoughlin Family
Foundation has been a loyal and generous friend to Lory’s Place
since 2006, and the Presenting Sponsor for our annual Run,
Walk, and Rock event since 2010. Their foundation’s goal is to
keep funding local, with the focus primarily on children. They are
especially driven to help children who are in situations beyond
their control. Lory’s Place celebrates the entire McLoughlin Family,
and is so appreciative of their commitment to our mission.