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April 9, 2012

Lakeshore Hardwoods Builds Support For Local Museum

'TITANIC' TRUNK FEATURED AT GALA - Lakeshore Hardwoods in Pulaski donated this hand-crafted trunk to the H. Lee White Marine Museum in Oswego. It will be featured in a silent auction at the museum's gala on Saturday, April 14 at the American Foundry in Oswego. "A Titanic Affair" is the highlight of the museum's year-long centennial commemoration of this historic tragedy. Pictured with the trunk from left are Brian Leary and Patrick Kugler of Lakeshore Hardwoods, 266 Manwaring Road, Pulaski.

OSWEGO - Lakeshore Hardwoods, 266 Manwaring Road in Pulaski recently donated a hand-crafted steamer trunk to the H. Lee White Marine Museum for their premier gala, "A Titanic Affair." The museum will feature the handsome chest in a silent auction during the event on Saturday, April 14 at the American Foundry, 246 West Seneca Street, Oswego.

"We are happy to offer this trunk to the marine museum for their event and hope it is a great success," said Brian Leary, owner of Lakeshore Hardwoods. "The museum is just one of the many treasures that Oswego County has to offer and we're glad to be able to help local organizations and businesses promote tourism here."

This event is the highlight of the museum's year-long commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

"The gala will re-create the first-class experience aboard the great ship," stated Mercedes Niess, the museum's executive director. "Our 'passengers' will enjoy a superlative menu along with fine music provided by harpist Marcella Slatter and bandleader Don Goodness with the Do Good Swing Band."

There will also be interactive period characters from the community and SUNY Oswego who are directed by Jonel Langenfeld Rial, professor of theater at SUNY Oswego.

Titanic Historical Society Chaplain George DeMass will lead a commemoration ceremony, and later, guests can participate in a silent auction featuring an assortment of elegant prizes.

Each guest will receive a unique memento to mark the occasion and, for a small charge, a professional photographer will be available to capture the moment as they 'step onto' the famous grand staircase of the Titanic.

"We are looking forward to sharing this experience with our fellow 'passengers' aboard this once-in-a-lifetime event," noted Martha and Terry Hammill, honorary chairs of the gala.

Event sponsors are Alliance Bank, The Palladium-Times, Port of Oswego Authority, Fulton Savings Bank, Oswego Printing, PathFinder Bank and WRVO.

Additional programming to honor the centennial of this historic tragedy will include the expanded exhibit, "Titanic: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary," opening in July and a screening of the 1958 movie "A Night to Remember" scheduled for the fall. For more information about wood crafts, products or services, contact Lakeshore Hardwoods at 315-298-6407 or visit www.lakeshorehardwoods.com

To learn more about the gala or upcoming events, call the marine museum at 315-342-0480, or find them online at their Web site www.hleewhitemuseum.com or Facebook page.

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