Capital Campaign Leadership

A letter from the Capital Campaign co-chairs

Dear Shoaler,

We are pleased and excited to announce that since launching the quiet phase of the Shining the Star capital campaign in October of 2009 we have raised $3,727,845, with a little over $2 million to support capital improvements and another $1.6 million in planned gifts and bequests to support the Permanent Trust, Star Island’s endowment.

With this mailing to you we are fulfilling another goal – to launch the public phase of Shining the Star by inviting all members of the extended Star Island family to join in support of this very important work. We have more than met our $1 million goal for the Permanent Trust. Our goal in this final year of solicitations is to raise more new dollars for capital projects.

Last summer, our two sons, their partners, and our first grandson had a glorious week on Star. Our own gifts to the Annual Fund and Shining the Star will help ensure that a safe, ever-improved Star Island will be here for our sons and their families and yours. Perhaps the pictures of our family are similar to ones you have in your Star collection and your hopes for Star are similar to ours. Won’t you join us in making this so?

Usually at this time of year you would receive the Spring Appeal and Impact Report detailing the results of giving last year. This year the Spring Appeal is being combined with an appeal for the Shining the Star capital campaign. In tandem, they present a case for a multi-year plan. The case captures results of both annual operations and capital improvements and offers a vision for the years to come, which you will see as you read through these materials. We are asking you to consider a three-year pledge that will be divided between the Annual Fund and the campaign.

Star will send a reminder in the fall to anyone who hasn’t yet pledged or given, and everyone else will receive a card of gratitude. Of course, we hope that in October we’ll be sending you that card with our gratitude. But that depends on you and your response to our appeal right now. Please join the 157 households (over 200 Shoalers) who have signed on to Shining the Star – while continuing to support the Annual Fund. Like Star, we ask much of you – add something to your annual support of Star that will make a difference for its future.

With gratitude,

Irene R. Bush, Co-Chair
John N. Bush, Co-Chair
Shining the Star Campaign


Honorary Co-Chairs

David and Edith Pierson | Joe Watts | Molly Mansfield



Star Island is one of the rocky, wind-swept Isles of Shoals, located off the coast of Rye, New Hampshire. For over 100 years, summers here have provided individuals and families with a welcome respite from their busy mainland lives.

Star Island Corporation is a nonprofit organization which maintains the island and its facilities and provides hospitality services for visitors.

Contact Star Island

Phone: (603) 430-6272
Fax: (603) 430-6270
Island Phone: (603) 601-0832
Staff Email Address List

Star Island Corporation
Morton-Benedict House
30 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Get directions to the office

Content © 1999–2014 Star Island Corporation. Clouds photo © Axel Rouvin.
Other photos © their respective owners.