Trust for the National Mall Welcomes Bellamy Young as Ambassador

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MacKenzie Babb


WASHINGTON – The Trust for the National Mall announced today that Bellamy Young, who plays First Lady Mellie Grant on ABC’s “Scandal,” has joined the Trust’s efforts to restore, improve and preserve America’s most visited national park as an official Trust for the National Mall Ambassador.

Young has championed the Trust’s work since May 2014, when she toured the National Mall with Trust leadership to see the park’s disrepair up close and personal. (Click here for an interview with Young on the Mall.)

“Having generously contributed to the Trust’s efforts already, we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Ms. Young as an official Trust for the National Mall Ambassador,” said John E. “Chip” Akridge, III, Trust founder and board chairman. “In her new role, TV’s first lady will help to raise vital awareness and the funds necessary to restore our beloved National Mall.”

As an ambassador, Young plans to communicate with donors, take part in events and share Trust messaging across her social platforms. Joining her in this role is Chelsea Clinton.

Young’s distinguished career spans from Broadway to television. Just this month, she performed during the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – announcing her new ambassadorial role from the stage overlooking the National Mall.

With help from its ambassadors, the Trust for the National Mall – an official partner of National Park Service – is preparing to celebrate the historic 2016 NPS centennial by fundraising to break ground on a number of shovel-ready projects on the National Mall.


About the Trust for the National Mall

The Trust for the National Mall is an official partner of the National Park Service dedicated to sustainably restoring and improving the National Mall.  The National Mall – the iconic grounds stretching from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial that hosts 33 million visits a year – is facing a backlog of more than $400 million in deferred repairs and $350 million in needed upgrades. With the support of David M. Rubenstein, the Trust split the cost of restoring the earthquake-damaged Washington Monument with the federal government and is extending this public-private partnership model to other high-impact projects designed to preserve and improve the grounds and structures that honor America’s history, heroes and hope.