GW School of Business faculty, students and alumni from the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management and graduate student organization Tourism for Tomorrow showed their dedication to the community during a recent volunteer project to help beautify the National Mall.
More than 25 members of the GWSB community came together on Friday, Sept. 10 and worked alongside Tourism Cares, a non-profit tourism industry group, to paint posts, chains and benches and make other repairs at 12 sites on the National Mall. Volunteers worked at the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, and the Washington Monument to name a few.
The International Institute of Tourism Studies sponsored 20 of the volunteers, who were lead by Don Hawkins, GWSB professor of tourism and hospitality management, and Kristin Lamoureux, director of the International Institute of Tourism Studies.
“For us, being ‘At the center of it all’ is more than just a slogan, it’s a reality that provides GWSB with some unique opportunities. The chance to donate our time to beautify the National Mall was the perfect way to give back to a community that has given GW and the tourism industry so much,” Lamoureux said.
Tourism Cares organized the day as part of a September 11th service initiative. It is estimated that the efforts of more than 250 volunteers saved the National Park Service $26,000. In addition to their manual labor, volunteers also donated a $20,000 check to the National September 11th Memorial and Museum.
Posted by gwsb on September 22, 2010 | Filed under: GWSB News.