JEFFERSON CITY — Visiting the Missouri Governor’s Mansion is an important tradition for Leadership Missouri. Each year, the leadership development program gathers at the mansion as a new class sets off on a seven-month tour visiting communities and businesses across our state.
This year, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Leadership Missouri Alumni Association decided it was time to give back. The association embarked on a major campaign to help spearhead the fundraising effort to help repair issues the Friends of the Missouri Governor’s Mansion has identified in the home, including visibly-damaged crown molding, worn-out carpeting and historic lighting fixtures in need of complex upkeep.
Due to the generosity of Leadership Missouri alumni and their employers, the campaign surpassed its original goal, raising $72,300 which will be donated to the Friends of the Missouri Governor’s Mansion for restoration work. That total includes a matching donation from the alumni association.
“Leadership Missouri shares a long history with the Missouri Governor’s Mansion and we are excited to help play a leading role in the efforts to restore this home,” said Daniel P. Mehan, president and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “We greatly appreciate the generous donations made by our Leadership Missouri alumni across the state. We were proud to be a part of this collaborative effort alongside Missouri Department of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon, who leads the Leadership Missouri Alumni Association, and Rebecca Gordon, executive director of the Friends of the Missouri Governor’s Mansion.”