ICAR Receives $6.7 Million Donation

Posted: September 19, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Denise St. Ours

Edwin and Helen Lynch, longtime friends of George Mason, have arranged to donate $6.7 million in property and funds to the university to support the work of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), and to create an international retreat and conference center.

The Lynches’ Mason Neck, Va., home–known as Point of View–and 39 contiguous acres are valued at $4.2 million. The additional $2.5 million in funds includes seed money for the construction and maintenance of the center, as well as a five-year challenge grant to encourage further private support to assist the general programs and activities of ICAR.

A celebration commemorating the Lynches’ gift will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24, at the site of the planned center, which is located near Gunston Hall, the historic home of George Mason. At the event, President Alan Merten will commend Ed and Helen Lynch for their foresight, philanthropic spirit, and commitment to George Mason and ICAR.

“This gift is an inspiring example of the type of private support needed to build on George Mason’s reputation for innovation, leadership, outreach, and excellence,” says Merten. “We are now poised to achieve greatness as a pioneering academic and research institution, and an intellectual hub for Virginia, the nation, and the world.”

The Lynches’ generosity is reflective of their lifelong dedication to building a more civil society both at home and abroad. The center will not only be used for retreat and learning purposes, but also as a secluded and convenient place for high-level negotiations to find peaceful solutions to global conflicts. In addition, the facilities will be available for a wide range of university activities, serving the greater George Mason community as well as external groups.

Development of the property will proceed in several phases, but will ultimately include a retreat and conference center, cottages to provide temporary residences for visiting scholars and guests, classroom and meeting space for small groups, and a state-of-the-art auditorium wired with interpretation and communications equipment.

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