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Chip Akridge
Chip Akridge

Chip Akridge

Location: The National Mall
WL SPONSORED – Photos by Tony Powell

THE EVENT: The inaugural luncheon to support the restoration of the Mall was a huge success, raising more the $600,000 for the newly formed public/private partnership, the Trust for the National Mall. More than 500 supporters braved the rain dressed in their springtime finery to have lunch in the shadow of the Washington Monument. THE SCENE: Uniformed Boy and Girl Scouts escorted guests into adjoining circus tents, where they were greeted by actors dressed as Martha Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Pierre L’Enfant. Boxed hedges cleverly prevented curious passers-by from the sight of guests imbibing “Arnold Palmer” martinis. Trust chairman and avid runner Chip Akridge recounted how he first noticed the sorry state of the Mall while on a jog, and National Parks Director Mary Bomar delivered a message of thanks and encouragement from First Lady Laura Bush, an outspoken supporter of the restoration project. THE GUESTS: Sen. Susan Collins, Swedish Amb. Jonas Hafstrom, Alma Gildenhorn, Abbie Stubbs Burke, Susan and Lanny Griffth, Leslie and Joe Fogg, Kindy French and Emanuel J. Friedman, Ellen and Kenneth Marks, Geryl and Frank Pearl, Mary and Jeffrey Zients, and George Chopivsky and fiancée Clara Brillembourg.