Prepare for a Stellar V.I.P. Day! You will have lunch at the Mt. Vernon Inn Restaurant and also go on a coveted V.I.P. Mt. Vernon Tour with Constituting America's Co-Chair Cathy Gillespie! Includes two - four guests.
"Discover the real George Washington at Mount Vernon! In addition to being America’s most visited historic home, the estate now includes 25 interactive galleries and theaters. The Ford Orientation Center and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center feature artifacts, original movies, hands-on exhibits, and an immersive Revolutionary War "snow" experience. Learn about Washington’s life, from his boyhood to his wartime service, agricultural entrepreneurship, and his presidency. Tour the beautifully restored mansion, four distinctive gardens, and get a glimpse of Mount Vernon’s working farm."
Co-chair, Constituting America:
"Cathy Gillespie has held numerous positions in government and politics over the past 34 years including congressional chief of staff and member of the Presidents Commission on White House Fellows. Cathy was recently appointed to the United States Semiquincentennial Commission, the commission established by Congress to provide for the observance and commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States.
Cathy serves as co-chair of the nonpartisan educational 501 ( c) (3) Constituting America with Founder and Co-Chair Actress Janine Turner (Northern Exposure, Friday Night Lights, Cliffhanger) – and has served in this capacity since Constituting America’s founding in 2010. Constituting America’s mission is to utilize the culture and multi-media outreach such as music, film, internet and social media, to educate, engage and inspire America’s adults and students about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights.
Cathy is active in a number of charitable organizations, having served on the Board of Visitors of Virginia State University, the board of Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services and the board of Bishop Ireton High School. Cathy is a graduate of Texas A&M University and is married to former Counselor to the President, Ed Gillespie. They live in Fairfax County, near George Washington’s Mt. Vernon and have three children."
Constituting America is super proud of our "Operations Director," Jeanette Kraynak:
"Jeanette Kraynak was born & raised in Historic Philadelphia, some of her earliest memories as a history buff is sitting in Independence Park as a young girl and realizing the Founding Father’s walked the same streets, saw the same view of Independence Hall, made plans for this great nation that changed not only this country but the whole world.
Visiting the Liberty Bell, actually touching it and placing fingers in the crack was an annual experience for Philadelphia students. Visiting Valley Forge where Gen Washington’s troops slept in the cold convinced her Gen Washington was her favorite Founding Father.
Love of Country and the political process drew Jeanette to Washington DC during the Regan-Bush era and she never left. Jeanette worked as a Capitol Hill Staffer, married Mark Kraynak in 1989 and started their family shortly thereafter.
The Kraynak’s settled in Mount Vernon and the Mount Vernon Estate became her children’s playground. As of member of Friends of Mount Vernon Jeanette participated in many lectures, events and celebrations at The Estate over the past 30 years. The Kraynak Family live on land originally owned by Gen. George Washington and she still has the privilege of living in an area where many of our Founding Fathers walked, talked, laughed and prayed while planning this great Republic known as America. When Jeanette isn’t busy with Constituting America she can be found walking her dog Liberty on the grounds of her favorite Founding Father, General George Washington."
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