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The Campaign to Restore Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge Is Launched

Kick Off Ceremony to Be Held June 12 at the Chapel

The Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge Park has a meaningful place in the hearts of many. It is a place of worship and community for a thriving congregation of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. At the same time it is a living memorial to George Washington and the Patriots of the American Revolution. And for some, it’s simply a place of solace. Now this sacred Chapel is in need of immediate restoration and preservation. In response to these great needs, the leaders of The Washington Memorial Chapel have launched a campaign to raise funds to restore the building to its original glory. After an original assessment in 2015, it was determined that the cost of repairs will total nearly $4.5 million. Under the leadership of the Campaign’s Chairman Jason Griggs, the campaign has already raised $500,000 in an initial quiet phase among close friends of the Chapel and the Washington Memorial Heritage. The public phase will expand the campaign’s efforts to a wider circle of friends and supporters among the congregation and Heritage Family with a kick off during an event being held on June 12 at 11:30 AM at the Chapel. During the brief yet informative brunch, guests will hear from the Reverend Roy Almquist, the Chapel’s Priest-in-Charge, as well as Griggs and other campaign supporters regarding the specifics of the restoration process and the campaign. The event is open to the public. “The Washington Memorial Chapel is a special place. What most people don’t know is that the Chapel is NOT a part of the Valley Forge National Park despite being surrounded by it and therefore does not receive any financial assistance for preservation. Losing this treasure would be like closing the Smithsonian and the Washington Monument simultaneously”. After raising an initial $1 million to address the emergency repairs of the Chapel, the campaign will transition to a wider campaign that will continue to raise funds and accomplish preservation efforts for the Chapel. This longer-term strategy will include approaching foundations that have a passion for preserving historic buildings, especially ones that are related to the history of our nation and its founding leaders. “The campaign will grow to encompass local, national, and international supporters, taking into account the close ties between the United States and France during the American Revolution and the Chapel’s continuing memory of France’s support,” said Griggs.

Date & Time

June 12, 2016

11:15AM

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