Donor Steps Forward to Save Washington Monument

Monument suffered extensive earthquake damage

The plea for a donor to help fund repairs to the earthquake-damage Washington Monument has been answered.

A damage assessment following the Aug. 23 earthquake put the repair bills at $15 million.  Congress recently approved half of that total, telling the National Park Service to find a donor or donors for the rest.

Enter David Rubenstein. 

The Park Service is set to announce Thursday morning that the philanthropist will provide the rest of the money.

A co-founder of the global asset management firm The Carlyle Group, Rubenstein recently gave $4.5 million to the National Zoo's panda program.

Park officials are also expected to announced Thursday that the restoration project could take up to a year.  One of Washington's top tourism officials told News4 by phone Wednesday evening that he's glad to hear repairs can begin.

The monument has been off-limits since the Aug. 23 earthquake left it with significant cracks.

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