The Friends Annual Reception is a terrific opportunity for the Friends to gather in fellowship and honor faithful members, dedicated volunteers and generous supporters. This intimate evening includes special entertainment, highlights of the past year’s achievements, light dinner and wine and/or beer bar. The event is complimentary to current members.
Non-members may attend for an additional cost ($25 per person).
2014 Highlights • June 20, 2014
Over 130 friends and supporters of Valley Forge National Historical Park came together for the Friends Annual Reception honoring, acknowledging, and celebrating all that was achieved in the last fiscal year. This year the festivities were heightened both by the inaugural presentation of the General Steuben Award to Congressman Jim Gerlach, and also the presence of the living Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge. It was a thrill to welcome both of these parties, as well as the esteemed General Steuben himself (as portrayed by Bill Ochester).
The gorgeous weather provided a perfect backdrop for the celebratory reception, where attendees were able to meet and mingle with guests and honorees. As the group gathered for remarks, the festive atmosphere turned triumphant as the numerous accomplishments of the past year were recounted.
It was an evening filled with hard-earned triumph, and it was universally agreed that the Friends and supporters should feel enormously proud of all that has been accomplished, and optimistic about the bright future and exciting projects which lie ahead. In the fine words of Friends Chairman Don Naimoli: “We thank you for all you've done in the past, but also for accompanying us on the journey ahead. Great parks don't just happen – they reflect the loyalty and support of their members, donors and community residents. These are people who not only appreciate the Park’s importance and inspiration, but also the quality of life and sense of community it provides. People like you: our loyal members, supporters, partners and NPS staff. What a team we are!”