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May 31, 2002

Rockefeller supports CW’s Presidential Discretionary Endowment Fund with gift

Laurance Rockefeller, one of America’s most distinguished philanthropists and conservationists, has made a $300,000 gift to Colonial Williamsburg’s Presidential Discretionary Endowment Fund in recognition of President Colin Campbell’s leadership.

“I hope these funds will provide you with needed flexibility to support important projects,” Rockefeller said. “You and Nancy have done so much to build upon the family’s aspirations. I remain deeply grateful.”

Laurance Rockefeller and his younger brother, David, accompanied their parents John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller to Williamsburg in March 1926. During that trip, the Rev. W.A.R. Goodwin, rector of Bruton Parish Church, persuaded Mr. Rockefeller that the rich history and heritage of the former capital of the Virginia colony deserved restoration.

Through the years, Laurance Rockefeller has remained involved in Colonial Williamsburg. He is a life member of the Raleigh Tavern Society and provided support for the 1992 expansion of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.

Laurance Rockefeller pioneered a new concept in the resort hotel industry under the Rockresorts banner by linking principles of conservation and the beauty of natural surroundings with resort accommodations and activities. As a leader in the environmental movement, he has played an important role in the National Parks movement, outdoor recreation, national beautification and historic preservation. Among his many gifts to the American people have been the establishment of the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park and the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Vermont. In 2001 he agreed to transfer his 1,100-acre Wyoming ranch for inclusion in Grand Teton National Park.

“I greatly appreciate Laurance’s gift to the Presidential Discretionary Endowment Fund,” said Colonial Williamsburg President and Chairman Colin G. Campbell. “His generosity will help the foundation to thrive as a restoration, an educational center, and an inspiring and thoroughly enjoyable place to visit. He is a cherished friend to the foundation, and to Nancy and me.”

The Presidential Discretionary Endowment Fund is one of the priorities of the Campaign for Colonial Williamsburg, the foundation’s first comprehensive fund-raising campaign. Gifts to this fund will be available to fund unanticipated opportunities or expenses that arise without compromising the annual budget, particularly in matters of education, preservation, interpretation and hospitality. Last month, David Rockefeller made a gift to the Presidential Discretionary Endowment Fund of $1.5 million.

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