Governor's Mansion Restoration Fund
What is the Texas Governor's Mansion Restoration Fund (TGMRF)?
The Fund was established to raise money needed to help restore the Texas Governor's Mansion, which was severely damaged by arson June 8, 2008. The Fund is led by Texas First Lady Anita Perry and The Honorable Pamela Willeford, U.S Ambassador to Switzerland 2003 - 2006.
What part of the construction/restoration did donations through the fund pay for?
Private funds were used to pay for an addition to the west side, restoration of historical features, improved handicap accessibility, and the completion of landscaping and historical documentation.
How can I help?
The best way to volunteer assistance with restoration efforts is to spread the word about the TGMR Fund. Any donation, large or small, will go directly to the restoring this Texas treasure. We are unable to accept donations of furnishings or artwork; all of the mansion's historic artifacts and furnishings were in storage at the time of the fire and will return to the mansion after it is restored. Additionally, all construction-related donations should be offered to the State Preservation Board.
Is my donation tax deductible?
The Texas Governor's Mansion Restoration Fund is an IRS approved §501 (c)(3) charitable organization and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Why wasn't the Governor's Mansion insured?
Every year the state reviews the issue of insuring state buildings, and the legislature has consistently decided to self insure, except in those cases where construction bonds require insurance. We are exploring opportunities to protect the Mansion during construction. The destruction of the Mansion was a criminal act of vandalism. Arson is difficult to insure against and enhanced security is our greatest protection.
Is there an update on the arson investigation?
Law enforcement continues its investigation into the June 8th fire at the Governor's Mansion. The state is offering a $50,000 reward for information that can lead authorities to the arsonist. Further questions should be directed to the State Fire Marshall's Office.
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