Rhode Islanders pick up Beavertail Lighthouse charity plates

Rep. Deb Ruggiero sponsored the legislation that created the plates. (WLNE)

JAMESTOWN, R.I. (WLNE) — The wait has ended for Rhode Islanders waiting for their special Beavertail Lighthouse license plates.

Residents of the Ocean State who ordered the special charity plates from the DMV picked them up at the lighthouse in Jamestown on Saturday.

The Beavertail Lighthouse Charity License Plate. (Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles)

Money from the plates goes to support the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association, whose mission is to “protect and preserve the nation’s third oldest Lighthouse Station for present and future generations” and to educate the public on the lighthouse.

“Beavertail is one of the most beautiful spots on the planet, I’ve painted it hundreds of times,” artist Don Mong said.

Mong painted the piece used as the art for the plate.

“I was honored, because Rhode Island has so many very talented artists, and to be asked to do this for a fundraiser, how could you say no?” he said.

The Beavertail Lighthouse in Jamestown. (WLNE)

Former state Rep. Deb Ruggiero, who sponsored the legislation to create the plates, was also on scene.

“It’s a specialty plate for a special place,” she said. “I’m so thrilled that so many people ordered the specialty plates.”

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