The Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s campaign to purchase the Harrison’s Oyster House property beside the Tilghman bridge just got a big boost with two new gifts totaling $25,000. One donation was for $5,000 and another was for $20,000, both from local residents.
“We believe the Phillips Wharf project can become an important educational center for Tilghman Island and all of Talbot County,” wrote the major donor. “Our hope is that this donation will help call attention to this project and move others to contribute toward the goal of purchasing the Harrison property.”
Kelley Cox, PWEC’s executive director, was most appreciative. “We’re especially grateful because this is the moment when support is most needed,” she said. “Every gift right now encourages others to step forward to secure the property before the mid-October deadline” for raising the requisite amount.
Cox says they are within sight of that goal. “We’re getting close, and I know many people are hoping we’ll have the chance to make the Oyster House Project a reality.” When the project comes to fruition, “It will be very good for our area and for our watermen.”
Asked if she thought the money will be raised in time, Cox replied, “I think because of our recent outreach, our campaign is gaining momentum,” she said with a smile. “This has been a good week, and we really appreciate all the support.”