Trust for the National Mall 2013 Annual Report - page 4

Covering More Ground
In 2013, the Trust for the National Mall’s work spanned the length and breadth of our
fundraising territory: the 566-acre national park that serves as America’s Front Yard.
We received a gift from John Deere to maintain the newly restored turf on the easternmost
part of the Mall, near the Capitol Building. We oversaw construction of a new garden area
showcasing the historic Japanese Lantern amid the glorious cherry blossom trees near the
Tidal Basin. And we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington with
StoryCorps by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
In the center of the park, we gathered students and Honor Flight veterans to launch a mobile app for the World War II Memorial, a pilot
effort in our learning initiative, funded by the Altria Group and the Dr. Scholl Foundation. We held a ceremony with Campaign Co-Chair
David M. Rubenstein to light the Washington Monument, marking a turning point in its historic restoration. And in our biggest news-making
event of the year, inside a beautiful tent in the middle of the Mall we held our Annual Benefit Luncheon, where Volkswagen announced
a pace-setting $10 million gift to the Trust for the National Mall in front of television cameras and 1,000 of our most loyal supporters.
We covered a lot of ground in 2013, and we’re optimistic as we look ahead to 2014. We will help re-open the Washington Monument
and announce and refine the first of our high-impact projects moving forward from our national design competition winners. We will take
our fundraising to a new level and prepare to grow from a local cause to a national movement.
Our future is bright, thanks to our partnership with the National Park Service and thanks to you—the stewards of the National Mall who
are passionate and unwavering in your support of our cause.
Sincerely,
Caroline Cunningham
John “Chip” Akridge, III
President, Trust for the National Mall
Chairman, Trust for the National Mall
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