Marriot Stays Help Pay for Mall Restoration

Those who are lucky enough to reside so close to our nation’s “Front Yard” may not feel inclined to take a stroll down the National Mall regularly. However, if you did, you may notice russet lifeless grass, broken dilapidated sidewalks and dirty, green water in the once clear pools.

These conditions have raised many eyebrows as more than 30 million people come every year to visit the National Mall and its monuments.

To put it simply, the current cost of maintaining the Mall exceeds the existing budget. In order to help rectify this situation, Marriott hotels in the Washington, D.C. area are teaming up with the Trust for the National Mall to help preserve this national treasure.

Participating J.W. Marriott, Renaissance, and Marriott hotels in Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland are sponsoring the Check In to Help Out Package. This voluntary package will take a $5 donation from every nightly stay and contribute it to the Trust for the National Mall towards restoration. The package is available now through Sept. 5, 2011. The rates range from $134 to $224 per room, per night, excluding tax and gratuities. Donators will receive a complimentary breakfast for two adults and all children under 12 along with a keepsake Trust for the National Mall viewbook.

The participating Marriott hotels combined with the ongoing efforts of The Trust for the National Mall aim to raise $350 million towards revitalization and preservation for future generations.

The Trust for the National Mall, a non-profit partner of the National Park Service, has already raised enough money to revitalize the Jefferson Memorial tidal basin and the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool. The Trust has also raised over $2.2 million needed to introduce an interactive visitor signage to the Mall.

Jun 9, 2011 at 4:57 PM Lori

Thank you so much for bringing this great effort to our attention! What a great way to contribute, while enjoying the Nation's Front Yard.

Jun 9, 2011 at 5:10 PM Tina

Thank you for such an enlighting article. Well put!

Jun 10, 2011 at 8:16 AM Lynn Dalrymple

Great seeing a business taking pride in its community and nation. More companies should follow suit.

Jun 11, 2011 at 6:28 AM Randy

Thank you Marriott for taking action and making an effort to dignify the location of our war memorials. Thank you Ms. Overcash for getting this message out there.

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