Lighthouse Society

When Reverend Donald E. Robinson (“Rev”) started Beacon House in 1991, he wanted to provide a place where children in Edgewood could be safe and surrounded by people who would encourage them to stay in school. Rev named Beacon House thinking of the role of a lighthouse in a storm – that it serves as a “beacon” of safety.  

The Lighthouse Society has been named to honor our founder’s original intent, and the subsequent endurance and success of Beacon House. The Lighthouse Society is comprised of generous friends of Beacon House who believe that together we can disrupt the cycle of generational poverty and change the life trajectories of students in Edgewood Commons and Ward 5 by helping them advance in school on time, graduate from high school and pursue a post-secondary education.

Donors who support Beacon House with an annual gift, or cumulative gifts, that total $1,000 or more within a given fiscal year will be recognized as members of the Lighthouse Society. This elite group of donors will receive special recognition and communications. Donors who are members of the Lighthouse Society have a profound impact on Beacon House’s ability to operate its programs and fulfill its mission.

If you’d like more information about the Lighthouse Society, please contact:

Colleen Dolak, Director of Development and Communications at

Kevin Hinton, CEO/Executive Director at

Lighthouse Society donors generously contribute $1,000 or more in one year. We are pleased to recognize these individual donors as members of the 2020 Lighthouse Society:

$5,000-$9,999 Lantern Level



Dean D’Angelo

Barbara Clarke

Sandra and Ronnie Nichols

$2,500-$4,999 Tower Level

Ernest Carlson

Carol and Bob Hopper

Moira Thomasine Roberts

$1,000-$2,499 Cornerstone Level

Richard Allen

Antoine Elachkar

Natalie and Charles Fenimore

Candice Gayl

Todd Harrison

Jeanite Holloway

Dorie and Larry Howell

Jane Jackson

Joanne Jennings

Linda Guistitus and Robert Johnsen

James Johnsen

Erna and Michael Kerst

Gerald Kittner

John Kwoka Jr

David Lorms

Beverly and Robert McGaughy

Jason Michel

Karen and Scott Nudelman

Jeremy Peterman

Barbara Petersen

Helen and Ralph Petersberger

Clare Herington and Laurence Platt

Tod Preston

Gwen and Tom Rowe

Dianne and Perry Seiffert

Nancy Simon

Susan and Michael Singer

Kimberly Smith

Monique Sullivan

Hassan Thalji

Mary Wheeler

Anne Wood

Melinda Wuellner

I give to Beacon House because I have seen how committed the organization is from when “Rev” founded it until now. I visited a couple years ago, and it is reassuring to me, to know how the money is spent. I know from seeing firsthand that any money I give goes directly to the kids. I also recognize how fortunate I am. My Dad was a factory worker and he was laid off at different times during my childhood. I remember the feeling of insecurity. Beacon House provides safety, security and youth development.”

-John K