128 additional glass floats in Lincoln City on the Central Oregon Coast

Published on 05-06-24 at 06:35
Via Oregon Coast Beach Connection

128 additional glasses float in Lincoln City on the Central Oregon Coast - with a philanthropic twist

(Lincoln City, Oregon) – Starting this week (it’s actually already started), an additional 128 glass floats will be dropped on the beaches of Lincoln City, in a special partnership with the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation (MLCF). There’s a philanthropic aspect to this beach hunt: Not only do you get to keep the glass float you find, but every glass collected means the MLCF is donating money to a specific cause.

By finding one on these pristine beaches, you’ll be helping other people too.

Explore Finders in Lincoln City Keepers is one of the most popular attractions on the entire Oregon coast, sometimes drawing hundreds or even thousands of people during several weeks of heavy rain. Now they’ve put a philanthropic spin on it. From now through June 14 (the first two weeks of this month), each of these additional 128 floats will be assigned to a different nonprofit organization on the Oregon Coast. When one of these floats is found, a donation is made to the designated organization.

Each of the handmade floats is uniquely marked with “Marie Lamfrom Specialty Float” and which nonprofit organization it is assigned to.

“These 128 glass floats add to the more than 3,000 glass treasures hidden each year along Lincoln City’s seven miles of sandy beach,” according to Explore Lincoln City. “If someone finds a float, they can keep it.”

It is partly in honor of Marie Lamfrom and what would have been her 128th birthday.

Lamfrom was quite a special soul in Oregon history. She originally served as a nurse in World War I, but later escaped Nazi Germany to live in Portland. There she became a champion for young people, especially the Girl Scouts. She also served as a troop leader at Shriners Hospital for Children. Her daughter was famed Columbia Sportswear chairman Gert Boyle, who passed away in 2019. The foundation received additional funding after Boyle’s death and continued to support nonprofits focused on education and mentorship, arts and creativity, and health and wellness, with the majority of funds benefiting programs in Oregon and Washington state.

Organizers say the first 10 floats will generate donations between $5,000 and $10,000 for their designated nonprofit.

“Further discoveries will result in smaller donations to participating nonprofits, ultimately totaling $128,000 in grants,” organizers said. “All participating nonprofits will receive funding even if no floats are found by July 31.”

Sally Bany, co-founder of MLCF and granddaughter of Marie Lamfrom. She said her grandmother loved the Oregon coast, especially looking for treasures on the beaches, like agate and those famous glass fishing floats that inspired Finders Keepers.

“So we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate her legacy than by supporting the coastal communities she loved so much,” Bany said. “She also loved art, so the connection with Lincoln City’s glass artists makes this an especially compelling initiative to commemorate our annual birthday celebration.”

The coveted glass spheres were made in two different glass studios: Lincoln City Glass Center and Alder House. Then the city’s Float Fairies team hides these handmade sweethearts along Lincoln City’s seven miles of sandy beaches.

See more about the rules of the hunt and the glass floats. If you find one, send a photo to the Visitor Center or drop one off.

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