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C&O Canal Trust to Host Annual Park After Dark Benefit to Support the C&O Canal National Historical Park

The C&O Canal Trust will be hosting its Eighth Annual Park After Dark gala event on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to benefit the C&O Canal National Historical Park (NHP). This unique event is held under the stars at the Historic Great Falls Tavern within the C&O Canal NHP and features live music, great food, libations, a silent auction, a campfire, and more. A paddle raise will also be held to raise funds to make long-term sustainable repairs to the towpath and fix damage from the recent flooding.

Highlights of the evening will include popular dance group The 19th Street Band and a gourmet buffet dinner by Corcoran Caterers. The event takes place on the lawn behind the Tavern in Great Falls, where guests can enjoy the beautiful Park setting while raising money to support the Park they love.

Last year, the C&O Canal Trust raised $140,000 at this event. The proceeds support the preservation programs of the NHP, which hosts nearly five million visitors each year along its 184.5-mile length. Park After Dark is the largest fundraising event held annually to benefit this national park.

Tickets for the event are on sale now and are $250 per person. All but $50 of the ticket price is a tax-deductible donation to the C&O Canal Trust. Tickets are available at www.ParkAfterDark.org. Sponsorships are also available for the event. Interested parties should contact Director of Development Patricia Barber at 301-745-8880.