A celebration in support of Mount Vernon's education and historic preservation mission.

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The Spirit of Mount Vernon

Please join us on Thursday, October 7, 2021, for the 20th Anniversary of Spirit of Mount Vernon. This special, celebratory night will mark 20 years of this iconic event supporting Mount Vernon’s mission of education, historic preservation, and the legacy of George Washington. The evening will highlight the important history of the Spirit of Mount Vernon and honor the leadership and support that has helped this event evolve into Mount Vernon’s largest fundraising event.

The Spirit of Mount Vernon welcomes guests from the Washington, D.C. corporate, association and government business community along with Members and key staff from Capitol Hill and the Administration. Highlights include a sunset reception on the East Lawn over-looking the Potomac River, a patriotic moment with fireworks, seated dinner, and a live auction.  

We hope you will join us to celebrate this 20th Anniversary milestone and pay tribute to the roots of our democracy and the contribution of the government affairs community to our country. Sponsorship and participation are particularly meaningful in this anniversary year. We hope that past sponsors and new organizations will mark their calendars and help us celebrate this special event!

This event complies with Congressional and Administration ethics rules.

History of the Event

In late September of 2001, the association community, with the leadership of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States and the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, came together to begin an annual event, the Spirit of Mount Vernon, in support of Mount Vernon’s education and historic preservation mission. Notably, the inaugural event was held just days after the events of 9-11 and in the aftermath of one of the most challenging times in the history of our great nation. 

As we look to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of this event, we reflect on the challenges our country has faced in the last year with an eye to the importance of Mount Vernon’s civics and educational mission. Thanks to the support of the government affairs community, the Spirit of Mount Vernon has become one of the most popular evenings on the Washington, D.C. social and charitable calendar and has become Mount Vernon’s single largest fundraiser.  

Sponsor Benefits

Sponsor benefits include event participation and recognition, as well as estate benefits that can be utilized throughout the year.

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Spirit of Mount Vernon Proceeds

The proceeds from the Spirit of Mount Vernon supports our mission to preserve, restore, and manage the estate of George Washington to the highest standards and to educate visitors and people throughout the world about the life and legacies of George Washington so that his example of character and leadership will continue to inform and inspire future generations.

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2021 Co-Chair Leadership

International Dairy Foods Association

Michael Dykes, President & CEO


Andrew Lundquist, Senior Vice President Government Affairs

National Association of Realtors

Shannon McGahn, Chief Advocacy Officer

Virginia Distillery Company and Virginia Distillers Association

Gareth Moore, CEO & President

Holland & Knight

David Whitestone, Partner

Presenting Sponsor

Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company

Platinum Sponsor

Anniversary Sponsors

Gold Sponsors


Double Patron Sponsors

Patron Sponsors

Mount Vernon Ladies' Association

The Spirit of Mount Vernon is hosted by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, the group that has owned and maintained George Washington’s Mount Vernon for more than 160 years.


Sarah Miller Coulson

Vice Regents

Cameron Kock Mayer 
Vice Regent for Louisiana

Maribeth Armstrong Borthwick 
Vice Regent for California

Ann Haunschild Bookout 
Vice Regent for Texas

Jean Armfield Sherrill  
Vice Regent for North Carolina

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

Susan Stevens Reeder 
Vice Regent for Mississippi

Andrea Notman Sahin  
Vice Regent for Massachusetts

Catherine Hamilton Mayton 
Vice Regent for Arkansas

Margaret Hartman Nichols  
Vice Regent for Maine

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

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.

Mount Vernon COVID Protocols:

Mount Vernon will follow Virginia’s COVID guidelines from the Virginia Governor’s Office:

“By Order of the Governor of Virginia, face masks are recommended indoors for all persons, vaccinated or unvaccinated. Face masks are required for all unvaccinated guests. Those who are not vaccinated are required to wear face coverings outdoors when social distancing is not possible.”

For the Spirit of Mount Vernon we recommend all guests who have been vaccinated to wear their masks outdoors as well, when social distancing is not possible.

MV staff and the event catering team will all be wearing masks. 

We will have extra masks available at registration for guests. We will also have “sanitizer” stations set up in areas of the event. The reception is outside on the east lawn and the dinner is in an outdoor tent. We expect at least one side of the tent to be open, with the possibility of two sides open depending on weather.


Please contact us at spiritofmv@mountvernon.org

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