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

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6:30 p.m.


George Washington's Mount Vernon, East Lawn

The Spirit of Mount Vernon

Please join us on Thursday, October 6, 2022 for the 21st Spirit of Mount Vernon. This special, celebratory night supports Mount Vernon’s mission of education, historic preservation, and the legacy of George Washington. In 2021 the event celebrated its 20th Anniversary with over 850 guests and raising $935,000!  Our goal is to reach $1 million in 2022!

The Spirit of Mount Vernon welcomes guests from the government affairs, corporate, association, and consulting communities along with members of Congress and 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, dinner, and a live auction.  

We hope you will join us for this fantastic evening.  Please mark your calendars and help us celebrate our foremost founding father’s leadership at his beloved home!

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 celebrate this annual event, we reflect on the challenges our country has faced 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.

Presenting Sponsor

Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company

2022 Co-Chair Leadership

National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association

Michael Johnson, President & CEO


Ed Gillespie, Sr. Executive Vice President, External and Legislative Affairs

Consumer Healthcare Products Association

Scott Melville, President & CEO

Raytheon Technologies

Jeff Shockey, Senior Vice President Global Government Relations

Holland & Knight

David Whitestone, Partner

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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.


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

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

Sarah Miller Coulson  
Vice Regent for Pennsylvania

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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