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The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association and the Life Guard Society cordially invite you to a special gala evening at Mount Vernon

  • Cocktails on the east lawn overlooking the Potomac
  • Seated dinner under a tent
  • Mix and mingle after dinner over dessert, drinks, and fireworks
  • Event proceeds support the preservation of the Mansion
  • Black Tie | Complimentary Valet Parking

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6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.


George Washington's Mount Vernon

A Note from the Chairman of the Life Guard Society of Historic Mount Vernon

It is my pleasure to invite you to the Life Guard Society’s Fall Gala Dinner at Mount Vernon. That evening we will celebrate the 200th anniversary—to the day—of the Marquis de Lafayette's October 17, 1824 visit to Mount Vernon to pay his respects at the tomb of George Washington.

I hope you will join us for cocktails and a black-tie seated dinner, enjoying the same view of the Potomac that George Washington loved so much. After dinner, the fun continues with an extra hour to mix and mingle over drinks and dessert, see old friends, make new ones, and revel in our good fortune to experience the sheer magic of Mount Vernon after dark, and for such a worthy cause. If you cannot join us, I hope you will consider making a contribution to support Mount Vernon’s landmark preservation project to safeguard the Mansion’s original building fabric and ensure its structural integrity for generations to come.

Kim David
Chair, the Life Guard Society of Historic Mount Vernon

Lafayette Visits Mount Vernon as “Guest of the Nation” during a triumphant return tour of the United States

The Marquis de Lafayette, a key figure in the American Revolution, arrived in New York City in August of 1824 to embark on a 13-month tour of America, visiting all 24 states in the Union. He was greeted with enthusiasm and gratitude from the American people at each stop. Lafayette's tour was not merely a nostalgic reunion; it also served diplomatic purposes as he sought to strengthen ties between the United States and France. During the journey, Lafayette visited key Revolutionary War sites, met with prominent political figures, and was a guest of honor at hundreds of balls and galas.

One highlight of the tour was his visit to Mount Vernon, where he paid tribute to his dear friend George Washington. For Lafayette, it was a highly charged moment of sentimental reflection on past events of international significance and personal triumph. It was later recounted that the Marquis visited George Washington’s tomb alone and returned to his party with tears in his eyes.

His tour culminated in a grand celebration in Washington, D.C., on September 7, 1825, the 48th anniversary of the Battle of Brandywine. Lafayette's tour symbolized the enduring bond between the two nations forged in the crucible of revolution.

The Marquis de Lafayette, George Washington, and the American Revolution

The young Marquis arrived in America at the age of 19, ready to serve the cause of liberty in the American Revolution. He quickly became part of Washington’s military family, and, over the years, their relationship grew to that of a father and his adoptive son.

George Washington met the 19-year-old Marquis de Lafayette on August 5, 1777, less than a week after the Continental Congress appointed the young Frenchman to be a volunteer Major General in the Continental Army.

Lafayette was assigned to serve on Washington's staff. Lafayette, one of the richest young men in France, left his home country on March 25, 1777, filled with desire to fight against the British in the American Revolution. He would become a valued member of General Washington's close-knit military family.

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The Life Guard Society

The Life Guard Society of Historic Mount Vernon draws its inspiration from an elite group of 150 officers responsible for ensuring the safety of George Washington during the Revolutionary War.

Today, the group is dedicated to generously supporting the mission of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association. 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 for preservation and education.


Mount Vernon Thanks Our Event Sponsors

Major General

Maribeth and Hal Borthwick
Mrs. Holliday L. Hurd and Mr. Gus Polichron

Brigadier General

Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson W. Kirby


Mr. and Mrs. Christopher P. Aldredge
Dr. Robert Highsmith and Dr. Sarah Fogg
Robert and Mimie Helm
Ann and Knight Kiplinger

Lieutenant Colonel

James E. Bramsen
Mrs. Anne Lantry
Jacqueline B. Mars
Ms. Jacqui Michel and Mr. David E. Weisman
Mr. and Mrs. J. Schley Rutherford

Mount Vernon Ladies' Association

The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association has owned and maintained George Washington’s Mount Vernon for more than 160 years.


Margaret Hartman Nichols

Vice Regents

Cameron Kock Mayer
Vice Regent for Louisiana

Maribeth Armstrong Borthwick
Vice Regent for California

Ann Haunschild Bookout
Vice Regent for Texas


Virginia Dawson Lane
Vice Regent for South Carolina

Laura Peebles Rutherford
Vice Regent for Alabama

Susan Marshall Townsend
Vice Regent for Delaware

Anne Neal Petri
Vice Regent for Wisconsin

Liz Rollins Mauran
Vice Regent for Rhode Island

Ann Cady Scott
Vice Regent for Missouri

Sarah Miller Coulson
Vice Regent for Pennsylvania

Andrea Notman Sahin
Vice Regent for Massachusetts

Catherine Hamilton Mayton
Vice Regent for Arkansas

Helen Herboth Laughery
Vice Regent for Wyoming

Catherine Marlette Waddell
Vice Regent for Illinois

Lucia Bosqui Henderson
Vice Regent for Virginia

Mary Lang Bishop
Vice Regent for Oregon

Elizabeth Medlin Hale
Vice Regent for Georgia

Ann Sherrill Pyne
Vice Regent for New York

Karen McCabe Kirby
Vice Regent for New Jersey

Hilary Carter West
Vice Regent for the District of Columbia

Adrian MacLean Jay
Vice Regent for Tennessee

Susan Brewster McCarthy
Vice Regent for Minnesota

Sarah Seaman Alijani
Vice Regent for Colorado

Carolyn Sherrill Fuller
Vice Regent for North Carolina

George Washington's Mount Vernon

George Washington’s skill as a general helped secure our independence. His leadership as our first president shaped this new nation. His enduring legacy continues to inspire us.

After falling into disrepair following his death in 1799, this historic property was rescued by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. They opened it to the public in 1860. It is now the most visited historic home in America.

As a private non-profit organization, Mount Vernon does not accept government funds. On-site sales and donations allow us to pursue our mission to teach the world about George Washington and preserve his beloved home for future generations.

Life Guard Fall Event

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