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George & Cynthia Mitchell Memorial Causeway Dedication

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 20, 2016
CONTACT: M.J. Naschke (409) 771-4373

George & Cynthia Mitchell Memorial Causeway Dedication

GALVESTON, TX – The I-45 Causeway linking Galveston Island to the mainland will officially be named the George and Cynthia Mitchell Memorial Causeway on Tuesday, October 25.

State Senator Larry Taylor, State Representative Wayne Faircloth, former Senator A.R. “Babe” Schwartz and the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce will preside at the dedication honoring the Mitchells.

George P. Mitchell, and his wife, Cynthia Woods Mitchell, were pacesetters in the restoration movement on Galveston Island, and in the tourism industry launching Galveston into the national spotlight. In addition to restoring landmark properties including the Hotel Galvez, numerous downtown historic buildings, and the development of the west end, Pirate’s Beach and Pirates Cove, the couple revived Mardi Gras! Galveston, that continues to draw thousands of visitors to the Island. A wildcatter by trade, George Mitchell was a visionary in all respects, and Cynthia Mitchell dedicated her life and talents to accomplish extraordinary feats in restoration and preservation.

The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, led by Gina Spagnola, was instrumental in making the causeway dedication a reality. Supporters rallied to the cause and raised the necessary support for this deserving cause. Born on the Island, George Mitchell had a deep love for Galveston and a lifetime commitment to its progress. It is with deep appreciation and admiration, that the State of Texas has named the entrance to Galveston the George and Cynthia Mitchell Memorial Causeway.

SUMMARY

WHAT: Dedication and unveiling of the George and Cynthia Mitchell Memorial Causeway
WHEN: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Media: 4 pm – Tremont House, Davidson Ballroom
WHO: State Senator Larry Taylor
State Representative Wayne Faircloth
A.R. ‘Babe’ Schwartz
Gina Spagnola, President & CEO, Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce
City Officials
Mitchell Family

WHERE: Official sign location – I 45 Causeway
Dedication: Tremont House Davidson Ballroom
2300 Mechanic St. , Galveston

WHY: In honor of George and Cynthia Mitchell for their extraordinary contributions to the City of Galveston.

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