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Life Guard Society’s Fall Event

The Life Guard Society held its fall gala on September 28 to raise funds toward the planning phase for the revitalization of the Education Center. Approximately 90 guests in black tie enjoyed a reception on the piazza followed by expert-led tours of key points in the popular educational galleries to demonstrate elements that work well and those that could be improved. The evening was capped with a sit-down dinner and remarks from General Washington.

Opened in 2006, the Education Center at Mount Vernon features 23 galleries and theaters in which exhibits, displays, films, and artifacts tell the story of the life and legacy of George Washington. It is a central resource for visitors to learn about our first president’s life and seeks to inspire young people throughout their visit. Now 13 years old, the Education Center was constructed in an era before the iPhone and is in need of a refresh to remain relevant to future visitors.

Learn how you can be part of Mount Vernon’s mission for preservation and education through the Life Guard Society.


Event Highlights

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Event Sponsors

James D. and Pamela J. Penny
Jim and Jo Carol Porter

John and Stavroula Alachnowicz
Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Crosby
Claire Dwoskin
Robert and Mimie Helm
Helen Herboth Laughery
Drs. Jennifer and Jack London
Edmund Ryan
Jeffrey and Barbara Steele

Cricket Bauer and Tim Messman
Ann and John Bookout
Daniel K. Chandler and Neysa M. Slater-Chandler
Sean Connaughton
Scott and Kimberly David
Diane Donley
Scott, Peggy, John, and Caroline Fechnay
David and Lorna Gladstone
Elizabeth and Sheffield Hale
Mr. and Mrs. John J. Huber
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Keefe
John Kerby and Theresa Thompson
Alice and Harry Legum
James H. Lemon, Jr.
Chris and Betsy Little
Adrienne and John Mars
Mr. and Mrs. P. William Moore, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Passman
Ms. Lola C. Reinsch
Mr. and Mrs. J. Schley Rutherford
William H. ‡ and Ilona S. Savage
Charles and Vanessa Sizemore
Richard J.J. and Gail F. Sullivan
Alana Sypsomos
Catherine M. Waddell

Life Guard Society of Historic Mount Vernon

Named after the elite group of soldiers responsible for ensuring the safety of George Washington, today’s members of the Life Guard Society hold fundraising events to support specific projects at Mount Vernon and support the estate through personal contributions. Membership in the Life Guard Society is not considered an honorary role, but rather a call to action—members give generously of time, talent, and resources to help with a wide variety of signature projects focused on Mount Vernon’s mission.

Mrs. James E. Porter, Chairman
Fairfax Station, VA

Executive Committee
Ms. M. Cricket Bauer
Alexandria, VA

Mr. Richard A. Crosby
Alexandria, VA

Jennifer Burkhart London, PhD
McLean, VA

Lt. Col (Ret) Edmund P. Ryan
Alexandria, VA

Mr. Jeffrey L. Steele
Bethesda, MD

Mrs. Stavroula Alachnowicz
Alexandria, VA

Mr. Daniel K. Chandler
Alexandria, VA

Dr. Thomas F. Cleary
Alexandria, VA

The Hon. Sean T. Connaughton
Alexandria, VA

Peter H. Cressy, PhD
Falls Church, VA

Mrs. Kim David
Baltimore, MD

Ms. Claire Dwoskin
McLean, VA

Mr. Akram R. Elias
College Park, MD

Mr. Robert W. Helm
Ellicott City, MD

Mr. Charles R. Hooff III
Lorton, VA

Mr. Peter C. Keefe
Alexandria, VA

The Hon. Walter D. Kelley, Jr.
Alexandria, VA

Mr. John H. Kerby II
Arlington, VA

Mr. George K. Kollitides II
New Canaan, CT

Ms. Alice Gregory Legum
Annapolis, MD

Mr. James H. Lemon, Jr.
Washington, DC

Mrs. A. Michael Lipper
Summit, NJ

Mr. Christopher M. Little
McDowell, VA

Mr. Ronald McCall
Ashburn, VA

Mrs. Margaret J. Moore
Washington, DC

Mr. Brian A. Murdock
Arlington, VA

Mr. George D. Overend
Atlanta, GA

Mr. James D. Penny
Williamsburg, VA

Mr. Peter J. Rogers, Jr.
Washington, DC

Mr. William H. Savage ‡
Alexandria, VA

Ms. Kate Shuster
Encinitas, CA

Mr. Albert H. Small
Bethesda, MD

Mr. Ben S. Stefanski II ‡
Cleveland, OH

Mr. Paul S. Stevens
Alexandria, VA

Mr. Richard J. J. Sullivan, Jr.
New York, NY

Mr. John E. Suttle ‡
Leesburg, VA

Life Guard Emeritus Members
Mr. Cyrus A. Ansary
Bethesda, MD

Mrs. T. Eugene Smith
McLean, VA