Corwith Hamill Society

Corwith Hamill, long-term donor to The Chicago Lighthouse

The Corwith Hamill Society, named in honor of Mr. Hamill for his life-long generosity to The Chicago Lighthouse, honors and recognizes our long-term donors. Members are admitted at the Bronze level after ten years of continuous giving, Silver level after 15 years and Gold after 20 or more years.

About Corwith Hamill

Corwith Hamill donated to The Lighthouse nearly all his life. When he was in grade school, his grandmother urged him to start giving to charities. She gave him a list of worthy charities that she supported and The Chicago Lighthouse was on that list. “I got fifty cents allowance a week,” he recalled, “and I did not need all that money. I didn’t have many expenses then.” So, he started giving to The Lighthouse.

Corwith, better known as Corky to his friends and family, contributed annually to The Lighthouse starting with his first gift at the age of 11. Between Corky and his grandmother, the family donated to The Lighthouse for nearly its entire 109-year history. In the last ten years of his life, Corky alone donated over one million dollars to The Lighthouse.

Corky leaves behind a legacy of kindness and altruism. His spirit of giving will always live on at The Chicago Lighthouse.

Benefits of Membership

  1. Invitation to a special annual Lighthouse tea, an event for Hamill Society members only;
  2. A special keepsake certificate;
  3. The knowledge that your gift will help The Lighthouse continue to change lives and provide critical programs and services for people who are blind, visually impaired, disabled or Veterans, just as Corky Hamill’s generosity did for nearly nine decades.

For more information, please contact:

Lora Nickels
Senior Director, Individual Giving
(312) 997-3643
Email Lora


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