It’s a public park, right?
It’s all paid through our taxes, right?
The 65 acre Paoli Battlefield is on the National Register of Historic Sites and is only partly owned by The Borough of Malvern – 43 acres to be exact. This portion, named the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park, is administered under a 10-year license agreement (now in its 2nd term) with the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund (PBPF), a 501c3 non-profit that raised over 1¼ million dollars and spearheaded the campaign resulting in matching funds through an Act of Congress, that preserved this Revolutionary War battle site. PBPF has helped save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars through grants, donated services and contributions for archaeological and historical research, volunteer projects, improvements, and commemoration & public education programs.
The rest of the historical site is called the Paoli Memorial Grounds and it has been owned and operated by the Paoli Memorial Association (PMA), is also a 501c3 non-profit organization established by Court to protect the monuments, mass gravesite and the grounds of the nineteenth century Camp Wayne of the Chester County militia. They own and maintain the land west of the Historical Park, including the “Ring Road” and all the monuments. PMA provide free space for community organizations such as the Chester County Little League and Malvern Boy Scout Troop 7. They also own and maintain the Tennis Courts, Concert Bandstand, and the play and picnic areas for the Malvern Park and Civic Association. They also allow this space to be used for community events like the Malvern Memorial Parade, The Malvern Fire Company Fair, and other events.
Both are totally volunteer organizations that receive relatively small budget support from the Borough of Malvern. It is an unusual but very successful public and non-profit partnership that has created a beautiful, peaceful and safe environment for visitors and residents to use and enjoy. Thousands visit this property to walk the trails, exercise their dogs, run marathons and learn about our national heritage.
Twelve years ago, the residents of the Borough and others helped to save the Paoli Battlefield and maintain it for future generations. We are now working to make both the grounds of the PMA and the PBPF, a National Historic Landmark, one of fewer than 2,500 such sites in the continental United States. This will offer an extra layer of protection and preservation, and also increase the awareness of this scared spot on a national level.
While we continue to provide services to the community, and help cushion the blow to taxpayers of the Borough, the costs and needs continue to increase and therefore the need to expand our fundraising efforts and volunteer support has become critical.
Join us on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern as we launch our First Annual Fundraising Dinner.
The Dinner program includes multimedia animated battle maps and other displays and includes a special presentation by Gene Hough on efforts to preserve the monuments on the Paoli Memorial Grounds. Our keynote speaker is Thomas McGuire, author of “The Battle of Paoli”, and “The Philadelphia Campaign: Volumes I and II). Dinner includes hors d’oeuvres, a special Remember Paoli drink, a cash bar, and unique mementos. Because this dinner is more inclusive and informal than other big fundraisers, the attire is Business Casual. The tickets are $125 per person (of which $70 is tax deductible) or bring your family, friends and associates by reserving a table for 10 for only $1,000 (a $250 savings, $450 of which is tax deductible).
Please help us Remember Paoli by making your payments online or by mail!! Please respond by September 5th, 2014.
To make an Online Payment, Click the Donate button below and please indicate the follow in the Special Instructions to the Seller box in Pay Pal on the review page:
1. Number of people attending.
2. Number of tables (if you choose this option).
3. If your amount includes an additional donation.
4. If you are NOT attending by wish to make a donation.
To Pay by Mail, Click on the Registration Icon
Make your checks payable to “PBPF-PMA Dinner” and please include your email address so we can send a receipt to you.
PBPF-PMA Dinner, PO Box 173, Malvern, PA 19355