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Contact: Jonathan Parker, 610-342-5182Park Receives $55,500 Contribution from the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board
Contribution comprised entirely of proceeds from the 13th Annual Revolutionary Run
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – Earlier this week the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB) presented Valley Forge National Historical Park with a $55,500 contribution to support ongoing improvements and future enhancements to the visitor experience in the park. The contribution is comprised entirely of proceeds from the 13th Annual Revolutionary 5-Mile Run® (Rev Run) and represents the largest-ever donation to the park during the 13-year history of the Rev Run. Rev Run proceeds to park programs now total more than $400,000 since the race began in 2005.
“We’re honored to receive this significant contribution and we consider ourselves fortunate to have a committed park partner like we have in the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board,” said Superintendent Steve Sims. “As a three-time Rev Run participant, I look forward to seeing the race continue for years to come as it provides a direct benefit to enhancing the visitor experience within the park.”
“Valley Forge National Historical Park is one of the region’s most visited destinations and we are thrilled to present our largest-ever donation to help support key programming and improvement projects in the Park with funds from this year’s Rev Run,” said Mike Bowman, president and CEO, Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board.
The $55,000 contribution will support three programs and projects in the park, including Historic Philadelphia Inc.’s “Once Upon a Nation” storytelling program, improvements for the Grand Parade trail system, and a sustaining fund for future maintenance of Sullivan’s Bridge – a crucial trail connection between the Schuylkill River Trail and the park.
The VFTCB presented the contribution to Superintendent Steve Sims alongside elected officials, past partners and sponsors of the Rev Run, members of the Valley Forge Park Alliance and special guests at Washington’s Headquarters, the original temporary home for General George Washington during the winter encampment.
More than two million annual visitors traveled to Valley Forge National Historical Park last year, contributing more than $40 million of total economic impact to the region. In addition to the services and improvements made possible by the Rev Run, this fall the park will embark upon more than $14 million in improvements including a fully renovating the Visitor Center, new exhibits and a new visitor orientation film.