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  • The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association (TPSMA) is incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia and has been designated a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization by the IRS.
  • The TPSMA is administered by an unpaid board of directors, which is bonded, and is responsible for the funding and design of the memorial.
  • NOVA Parks (formerly Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) is providing the location in its Occoquan Regional Park, management of the memorial construction, and the operations and maintenance of the memorial in perpetuity.
  • NOVA Parks, organized under the Virginia Regional Parks Act in 1959, is represented by the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun, and the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church.
  • The park site, formerly part of the DC Prison complex where suffragists were imprisoned, is now owned by Fairfax County. NOVA Parks has a 99-year lease to administer the portion known as Occoquan Regional Park.
  • A memorandum of understanding between TPSMA and NOVA Parks is in place, which outlines the role of each in the development, operations and maintenance of the memorial.
  • The Memorial as redesigned in 2016 is expected to cost $2 million. Funds raised through February 2019 will ensure that a memorial will be in place by 2020 as the design can be value engineered, if necessary.
  • An appointee of the NOVA Parks is a voting member of theTPSMA Board of Directors.
  • The NOVA Parks is moving forward with a new master plan for the Occoquan Regional Park and has contracted for the construction of a new banquet facility, amphitheater, and additional parking.
  • TPSMA is authorized to solicit funds in Virginia.
  • The TPSMA’s general counsel is Kathleen Holmes of Holmes Costin & Marcus.
  • The TPSMA’s Treasurer is Edward Bortnick, shareholder in the CPA firm of SKMB, P.A. located in Rockville, Maryland.

 

TPSMA Accomplishments

The centennial anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment giving all American women the right to vote is rapidly approaching.  The unique opportunity to become a part of this historic anniversary can be yours with your contribution to defray construction costs for the national suffragist memorial that will acknowledge the suffrage struggle that covered more than seven decades, 1848-1920.  Women were willing to endure harsh imprisonment and even death while advocating for the right to have a voice in their government.  For a contribution of as little as $1,000 you can have your name published on the Donor Wall.  Naming rights are available for all major components of the memorial which is projected to cost $2 million.  We welcome any level contribution.

Key milestones to date:

  • NOVA Parks together with the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association (TPSMA), a 501(c)(3), have collaborated since 2008 to make this national project a reality.  NOVA Parks is providing the land and perpetual maintenance for the memorial; TPSMA must raise all the funds to build the memorial.
  • NOVA Parks secured funding through a bond referendum for the redevelopment of Occoquan Regional Park into a dynamic cultural center to include the Jean R. Packard Occoquan Center the construction for which is on schedule to begin in November 2016. The multipurpose banquet and conference center will accommodate up to 300 and will include an educational center and a café to serve boaters, memorial visitors and other park patrons.  The memorial will be sited across the drive from the center.
  • Once completed TPSMA will establish the Turning Point Institute for MS/HS girls and will work with the park to develop educational and leadership programs, reenactments and tours of the memorial.
  • Occoquan Regional Park was offered as the ideal site for the memorial as part of the original historic prison grounds that once included the Occoquan Workhouse (since torn down) where scores of suffragists were incarcerated in 1917 for picketing the White House. There they were beaten, forced to work, slept in rat-infested cells on mattresses reeking of urine and vomit and fed food crawling with maggots, just for seeking a voice  in their government.  When work leaked out about these inhumane conditions, it became a significant turning point in winning adoption of the 19th Amendment.
  • TPSMA has received over a half million dollars of in-kind donations to date including:
  1. Architectural design by award-winning architect, Robert Beach
  2. Two acres of prime land along the Occoquan River
  3. Graphic design and printing
  4. Web design and administration
  5. Legal counsel
  6. Videography
  7. Catering
  8. Accounting
  9. Advertising
  10. Media coverage
  • TPSMA volunteers have contributed well over 25,000 hours in volunteer time and members continue to contribute daily. The TPSMA Speaker’s Bureau has provided over 200 presentations about the suffragist movement and TPSMA to schools, civic organizations and others.
  • Research and scholarship have been contributed by nationally-recognized experts in women’s history and support has been received from women’s civic and history organizations from around the country.
  • A distinguished Honorary Board of nationally-recognized leaders and suffragist descendants who endorse and support the memorial has been established and continues to grow.
  • A National Board, comprised of members from every state, has been created and is being populated to emphasize the national scope of the memorial and gain greater visibility.
  • At its public meeting on March 3, 2015, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors acclaimed the construction of the TPSM in Fairfax County. The Board Chair looks forward to publicly recognizing significant donors to the memorial.