Benefit Luncheon in a tent
The Trust for the National Mall’s Benefit Luncheon, in its sixth year partnering with Linder, took place on the National Mall at West Potomac Park on April 28--despite a rainy day.
National Mall monuments in miniature
Custom-built federal-style tables with sculptural models of the National Mall monuments.
Canopy of kites
Some 700 guests--made up of many members of congress, Washington dignitaries and friends, and supporters of Trust for the National Mall--were welcomed into the Congressional Reception, co-hosted by Senator Cory Gardner and Representative John Lewis, to enjoy spring inspired cocktails and hors d’oeuvre.
Despite heavy rain outside, guests were surrounded by a perfect springtime day inside the luncheon tent, seated at tables adorned with tulips beneath a canopy of pastel kites.
Ready for a curated conversation
The mistress of ceremonies and celebrity ambassador, "Scandal" actress Bellamy Young, introduced Catherine Townsend, the new president for the Trust for the National Mall.
In lieu of a traditional acceptance speech or keynote, guests were treated to an exclusive curated conversation between David Rubenstein and the History, Heroes and Hope Award honoree, director Jonathan Jarvis of the National Park Service.
Occasions at work
The Occasions team readies food.
Jars at the beverage bar.
Social media share
Beverage service so pretty that it deserves a social media share!
Cocktails in pebbled tumblers.
Sally Akridge welcomes guests
Sally Akridge, co-chair of both the Women's Leadership Committee and the Host Committee, welcomes guests.
Saluting the History, Heroes and Hope Award honoree
Jonathan Jarvis (left), director of the National Park Service, accepts the History, Heroes and Hope Award from David Rubenstein.
Encouraging text pledges
Place cards encourage guests to text in pledges for the Trust for the National Mall.
Nice bites: A array of canapes.
Toast tulips with Camembert and black grapes
Toast tulips with Camembert and black grapes.
The stunning salad course.
Another view of the custom federal-style table with mini monuments.
Salted butterscotch pudding
A new twist: Salted butterscotch pudding, showcased on the custom federal-style table with miniature monuments.