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Trust Luncheon

May 2, 2016

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April showers didn’t dampen the sunny mood at The Trust for the National Mall’s Annual Benefit Luncheon.  As the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, the Trust is dedicated to restoring, improving and preserving the National Mall.  This year’s luncheon carried extra meaning as it coincided with the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. More than 800 guests dodged the raindrops to enjoy a festive afternoon on the Mall filled with springy chapeaus, custom cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, an elegant plated picnic lunch and a ‘National Mall’ dessert buffet.Trust201613

St-Germain Champagne Cocktails, Gingery Bourbon Zingers and Grapefruit-Cherry Sparklers were offered with light passed hors d’oeuvres: Toast Tulips filled with Camembert and Concord Grapes, Sweet and Spicy Shrimp on delicate Black Sesame Rice Wisps, Stuffed Lamb Loin with Olives and Feta Cream, Savory Cones filled with Crab, Asparagus and Avocado Salad and Golden Beet Pearls topped with Citrus Foam and Lemon Verbena Cream.

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Haute hats and festive fascinators set the style standard for the day!


Bender Foundation’s Julie Bender Silver, Trust supporter Meryl Abel, Women’s Leadership Committee member Marcy Cohen, and Papadopoulos Properties’ Koula Papadopoulos and Barbara Klusaritz.


Real estate developer Theresa Kline, with Trust supporters Lisa Smith, Erin Ritz, Laurie Wolynec and Women’s Leadership Committee member Ginger Pickle.Trust20168

2016 Women’s Leadership Committee co-chair, Sally Akridge, welcomed guests with a sparkling toast.Trust201619

Philanthropist and longtime supporter of the National Parks’ mission, David Rubenstein, honors the Director of the National Parks, Jonathan Jarvis.

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Guests enjoyed a salad of Red Endive, Little Gem Lettuce and Thai Basil presented with creamy Buffalo Mozzarella, fresh Mango, Black Currant Pearls and cracked Szechuan Peppercorns. Lunch featured Icelandic Cod roasted with Fino Sherry, Mustard Seeds and Clover Honey served with Saffron Potato Risotto, Asparagus and butter-poached spring Radishes.


Small, pick-up desserts like Cookies, Tartlets, Fresh Fruit Confetti, Cannele, Macaroons, Panna Cotta, Pirouettes and Parfaits were displayed on Occasions’ custom-built, twenty-five foot long ‘National Mall Buffet.’  The Federal-style white lacquer buffet tables were inlaid with green felt fabric and topped with hand-sculpted models of the US Capitol Building, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

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Thanks to the talented team who made the Trust for the National Mall Luncheon a monumental success:

Planning & Logistics: Linder Global Events / Décor: Design Foundry

Tent: Sperry Tents / Equipment Rentals & Linens: Perfect Settings

Signage & Calligraphy: Parties & Papers / Photography: Pepe Gomez

Florals: The Ociana Group / Cupcake Favors: Rare Sweets

Valet: MJ Valet / Additional event coverage & photography: BisNow