Washington, DC (May 9, 2011) – The L’Enfant Society hosted its 3rd Annual Ball on the Mall, Washington, D.C.’s premier annual ball that raises awareness and resources for ongoing National Mall restoration efforts.
“The Trust for the National Mall and L’Enfant Society’s Ball on the Mall highlights the importance of the National Mall and engages new partners for the Trust’s efforts to make it the best park in the world. I encourage everyone to join the L’Enfant Society and show their support,” L’Enfant Society Chairman David J. Vennett said. “We believe in the Trust’s mission and look forward to working together to restore this iconic piece of our American heritage.”
The sold-out event drew more than 900 attendees. The L’Enfant Society, supports the Trust for the National Mall’s campaign to restore and improve America’s most visited national park. On Thursday, the Trust for the National Mall and U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar officially launched the $350 million Campaign to Restore the National Mall.
The 2011 Ball on the Mall has an ambitious goal to raise $500,000 for National Mall restoration efforts. Since Jan. 1, the Trust has raised more than $3.1 million, twice the organization’s overall 2010 fundraising total. The L’Enfant Society has raised nearly $1 million in its first two years and recruited more than 275 members.
The U.S. National Park Service estimates that the Mall, which hosts 30 million visitors annually, requires $400 million for deferred maintenance and additional funds to meet visitor needs. To date, the Trust for the National Mall has raised $8 million in private funds and leveraged $60 million in federal funds for restoration projects on the National Mall.