Tourism Cares for America Volunteer Day a Huge Success
September 15, 2010
Tourism Cares, NTA’s official philanthropy, hosted a successful Tourism Cares for America day at the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Sept. 10. Volunteers associated with the travel, tourism and hospitality industries demonstrated their commitment to giving back by assisting with much needed painting projects at 12 locations, including the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Lafayette Park and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Their efforts upgraded the overall appearance of the benches and walkways. It also helped the National Park Service that oversees the area by providing this work at no cost, while also encouraging more participation in volunteerism and public service.
"The event was a huge success," said Bruce Beckham, Tourism Cares executive director . "The weather cooperated and everyone had a great time. The 250 volunteers that participated in this project saved the financially-strapped National Park Service over $26,000." In addition, Tourism Cares presented a check for $20,000 to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
NTA President Lisa Simon, Chairman and CEO Cathy Greteman and Vice President of Communications Catherine Prather served on behalf of NTA. For more information about Tourism Cares, please visit http://www.tourismcares.org/.