Young pro­fes­sion­als unite to cel­e­brate old land­mark

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Af­ter a suc­cess­ful kick­off event brought­more than 50 of Palm Beach County’s young pro­fes­sion­als to­gether, the Young Friends of the Jupiter In­let Light­house will host its sec­ond so­cial.

It will take place Aug. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., 1065 Florida A1A in Jupiter.

The Au­gust so­cial will al­low young pro­fes­sion­als who share a pas­sion for the unique cul­ture and his­tory of Jupiter to net­work while over­look­ing the in­let and his­toric Jupiter Light­house.

Guests will re­ceive one drink and hors d’oeu­vres. The screened-in back pa­tio of Bubba Gump fea­tures an at­mos­phere suited for loung­ing and so­cial­iz­ing, with a view of the light­house - a sym­bolic struc­ture for the town of Jupiter.

Ad­mis­sion is $10 for mem­bers of the Young Friends of the Jupiter In­let Light­house and $15 oth­ers. Pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit the Lox­a­hatchee RiverHis­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, the non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion charged with op­er­a­tions and fund­ing for the Jupiter In­let Light­house and Mu­seum.

Regis­tra­tion is re­quired by email­ing yfjupiterlight­house @gmail.com.

The Young Friends group was es­tab­lished in June 2013 to bring new en­ergy to the 153-year-old land­mark through var­i­ous vol­un­teer and fundrais­ing projects.

“For many of us that were raised in Palm Beach County, and even those who are new to the area, the Jupiter In­let Light­house sym­bol­izes home,” said Tami Bor­land, chair­woman of the group. “It’s im­por­tant to en­gage the com­mu­nity in fur­ther pre­serv­ing this rich, beau­ti­ful piece of his­tory in our back­yard.”

The Jupiter In­let Light­house is one of only 30 re­main­ing his­toric light­houses dot­ted along Florida’s 1,197 miles of coast. For thou­sands of years the point of land sit­ting at the junc­tion of the In­dian and Lox­a­hatchee Rivers and Jupiter In­let had been home for an­cient In­dian tribes. Then in 1849 the strate­gic site was rec­om­mended as a suit­able place for mil­i­tary de­fenses. Pres­i­dent Franklin Pierce signed the or­der to set aside a 61.5-acre site on the Fort Jupiter Reser­va­tion for a light­house in 1854. The tower was com­pleted in May 1860 and was first lit on July 10 that same year.

To learn­more about the group, call 561-262-5225 or visit www.jupiterlight­house.org.

Brit­tany Miller, left, and Lind­sey Bader

Sub­mit­ted pho­tos

Heather Rob­bins, left, Liz Fol­mar, Vin­nie Tursi and Ash­ley Hess

Dan Uzzi, left, and Amyleigh At­wa­ter

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