The annual “Spirit of Mount Vernon” reception and dinner held last week at George Washington’s historic Virginia home reported considerable increases in fundraising, attendance and sponsorships over last year. The event, now in its 13th year, raised more than $400,000 for Mount Vernon and $50,000 for the Wounded Warriors Family Support Program.
The festive evening opened and ended with two of the first president’s favorite foods, cheese and ice cream, which were donated by 12 IDFA member companies. The reception featured a generous array of fine cheeses, and the elegant dinner menu included sticky toffee pudding accompanied by Blue Bell Vanilla Bean Ice Cream for dessert.
The dinner, hosted by the Distilled Spirits Council, attracted more than 800 guests, including members of Congress, leaders of major trade associations, industry executives and the media. In addition to IDFA, the event co-sponsors included the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, the American Bankers Association, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Restaurant Association, the National Retail Federation, the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Trucking Association.
IDFA would like to thank the following members for their generous donations:
- Agropur Cooperative
- Arla Foods, Inc.
- Arthur Schuman, Inc.
- Blue Bell Creameries L.P.
- Davisco Foods International, Inc.
- Glanbia Foods Inc.
- MCT Dairies, Inc.
- Pacific Cheese Co., Inc.
- Saputo Cheese USA Inc.
- Sargento Foods Inc.
- Tillamook County Creamery Association
- Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Inc.
IDFA and its members have supported the event for the past several years, helping Mount Vernon to raise a grand total of $3.25 million in support of its educational mission.
For more information, contact Heather Soubra, IDFA director of executive office and special projects, at email@example.com.