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Gourmet Gala Supports Restoring Kitchen and More at Mount Vernon Estate

Mount Vernon residents Ray and Shaista Mahmood pose with George Washington at the Mount Vernon Life Guard. (Photos by Dan Chung)

Alexandria, VA – The Life Guard Society of Historic Mount Vernon, named after the elite group of soldiers responsible for the safety of George Washington, is dedicated to supporting the mission of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association. At its gala fundraiser earlier this fall, the society arranged for the renowned Inn at Little Washington’s Michelin 3-star Chef Patrick O’Connell to create the evening’s menu. The more than $500,000 raised will fund two projects at Mount Vernon, a curatorial restoration of the Historic Kitchen and a revitalization of the George Washington’s Biography exhibition in the Education Center.

Mount Vernon resident Cricket Bauer, chair of the Mount Vernon Life Guard, addresses the crowd at the fall Mount Vernon Life Guard Gala.
Mount Vernon President and CEO Doug Bradburn gifts Inn at Little Washington Chef Patrick O’Connell with limited edition rum from the Mount Vernon Distillery.

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Marlene Miller

Marlene Miller has lived in, and written about, Mount Vernon for decades. She raised her family here, her two children graduating from area public schools. After retiring from over 16 years of publishing her own newspaper, The Zebra has tempted her back to community journalism

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