Business woman attends Mt. Vernon Ladies' Association reception in Washington, D.C.
Gina A. and Sam E. McCuen recently attended a reception in Washington, D.C. at the residence of His Excellency Pierre Vimont, the Ambassador of France to the United States. The event was held to honor the relationship between George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette during the American Revolution.
Ms. McCuen has been instrumental in providing financial support as a member of the Mt. Vernon Ladies' Association which maintains Washington's mansion on the Potomac River. More than one million visitors annually tour the Mt. Vernon complex which has a $30 million operating budget.
Ms. McCuen has also provided portraits of Washington to Lexington School District One schools.
The Mt. Vernon Ladies' Association was founded 150 years ago by Anne Pamela Cunningham of Laurens County, S.C. when she discovered the Mt. Vernon mansion and estate were in ruin. Cunningham is buried in the church yard of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia.
Washington and Lafayette developed a father- son relationship during the American Revolution. Lafayette was only 19 years old when he arrived in America.
The reception December 9, 2008, was by invitation only and was limited to 200. Gina McCuen owns Snelling Personnel Services of the Midlands and Victoria Square Office Park in Lexington.