National Mall Receives Million-Dollar Gift

Help to restore grounds and facilities on the mall

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    The National Mall just received a very generous gift to help in its restoration efforts.

    The family of a Washington developer is donating a million dollars to help restore the grounds and facilities on the mall. The Trust for the National Mall says this is the first million-dollar gift it's received solely for restoration efforts.

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    [DC] Repairwork on Washington Monument
    The National Park Service released footage of climbers performing minor repair work to the Washington Monument's exterior. (Published Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012)

    The gift comes from the Akridge Family Foundation, a month after businessman David Rubenstein donated $7.5 million to help repair the Washington Monument after it was damaged in last summer's earthquake.

    The trust has set a goal of raising $350 million to restore some of the more rundown areas of the mall. The mall debuted a new LED lighting system Jan. 30.

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    [DC] Donor Delivers to Repair Washington Monument
    A businessman donates $7.5 million to repair the Washington Monument. (Published Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012)