Donor Events

Donors to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation enjoy a special relationship with our museums. Throughout the year, the Foundation offers donors a variety of educational, cultural and social events, including private receptions during museum special events and exclusive travel opportunities.

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Recent Events

Tribute to Nick’s Seafood Pavilion at Second Street, an American Bistro

On February 6, more than 100 guests gathered at Second Street, An American Bistro in Williamsburg, which owners John and Mickey Chohany transformed for the night into Nick’s Seafood Pavilion. Guests at this exclusive Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., event enjoyed dishes from the menu of Nick and Mary Mathews’ renowned Yorktown restaurant, re-created with the help of Jimmy and Ann Krikales.

Early in the evening, Phil Emerson, executive director of the Foundation, shared the story of Nick and Mary Mathews, Greek immigrants and patriots who are among the Foundation’s first benefactors. Sue Gerdelman, immediate past president of the Foundation, Inc., announced the launch of The Mathews Society and recognized those who, like Nick and Mary Mathews, have remembered the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., in their estate plans.


Preview of the permanent galleries of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – October 10, 2016

More than 200 guests, including leadership donors to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Campaign for Support and members of The 1607 Society, enjoyed a reception and exclusive preview of the expansive new permanent galleries and introductory film, Liberty Fever, at the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.


Godspeed sails – June 15 and August 31, 2016

Members of General Washington’s Council and special guests enjoyed a special dinner and sail aboard Godspeed. Educational programming allowed guests to experience firsthand the impact of their support.

“Liberty Fever” Advance Screening – March 2, 2016, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

On March 2, more than 100 guests walked the red carpet and were treated to an advance screening of “Liberty Fever,” the new introductory film for the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.  “Liberty Fever” not only summarizes major events of the American Revolution, but also evokes the passion and patriotism that fueled American independence.  Guests, which included leadership donors to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Campaign for Support and members of The 1607 Society, enjoyed an exclusive “making of” presentation by Emmy-award winning Cortina Productions. The movie, made possible by generous private gifts to the Campaign for Support, will debut to the public in October 2016.

To support the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and receive invitations to special donor events, contact Christina Dominguez, at or (757) 253-4139.