Major Gifts and Recognition
In October 2002, Colonial Williamsburg awarded its highest philanthropic recognition, the Colonial Williamsburg Churchill Bell, to Marion and Bob Wilson of Rancho Santa Fe, California, for their leadership, philanthropy, and service to the foundation. Lifetime Raleigh Tavern Society members and passionate advocates for children through, among other contributions, their leadership support of the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute for California Teachers, the Wilsons were also honored at the dedication of the Robert and Marion Wilson Group Arrivals Building in the Visitor Center complex. The Wilson Group Arrivals Building is the first point of contact for schoolchildren and other groups visiting Colonial Williamsburg.
The foundation is grateful to many others who provided generous support to Colonial Williamsburg in 2002. David and Laurance Rockefeller, sons of Abby Aldrich and John D. Rockefeller Jr., made leadership gifts to the Campaign for Colonial Williamsburg. Other leadership commitments to the campaign came from Shirley and Dick Roberts of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Betty and Josh Darden Jr., also of Virginia Beach, and Kitte and Royce Baker of Rancho Santa Fe, California. Ruth and Joe Lasser of Scarsdale, New York, contributed additional colonial coins and currency to the numismatic collection they have provided to Colonial Williamsburg. June and Joe Hennage, lifetime Raleigh Tavern Society members, contributed their Williamsburg home to the campaign, retaining a life estate.
Maureen and Jim Gorman of Cumberland Foreside, Maine, donated the funds for a new reproduction eighteenth-century traveling coach, the first carriage to join the Colonial Williamsburg fleet since the 1960s.