Over 200 Tauck Volunteers Pitch In at Old North Church

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Tauck aids historic site for second time, with labor and $100,000 grant.

and we've been bringing people here ever since. The Old North Church has a very important place in our nation's history, and in our company's history, so we're happy to help preserve it for future generations.

Over 200 employees and employee family members from Tauck World Discovery descended on Boston's Old North Church on Friday to perform preservation and beautification work in the church, in other parish buildings, and on surrounding grounds. The Tauck workers tackled a variety of tasks, from clearing debris out of the church's steeple, to painting, landscaping, resetting brick pavers and more.

"My father brought six guests to the Old North Church on our company's very first tour in 1925," said company chairman Arthur Tauck, Jr, "and we've been bringing people here ever since. The Old North Church has a very important place in our nation's history, and in our company's history, so we're happy to help preserve it for future generations."

The day's labor was highlighted by a "bucket brigade" of 45 workers who removed an estimated three tons of scrap lumber and debris from the highest reaches of the church's steeple. The debris was passed hand-to-hand down 12 stories of cramped, narrow stairways, out the front door of the church, and into a dumpster on the street below.

The work of the Tauck volunteers will be supplemented by a $100,000 grant from the Tauck Foundation to the church's Old North Foundation. The grant, announced during Friday's clean-up, will help researchers improve and expand the various interpretive programs used to educate the one-half million visitors to the Old North Church each year.

FUNDING STEEPLE REPAIRS IN THE 1970s
Friday's efforts marked the second time that Tauck has come to the aid of the Old North Church. In the early 1970s Arthur Tauck, Jr. received a mass-mailing from the church, seeking donations to pay for much-needed repairs to its steeple. Tauck contacted the church to learn the total dollar amount it still needed to raise, and subsequently divided that amount by the number of guests the company had brought to the church since 1925. Finding that the resulting figure was a modest amount per-guest, Tauck immediately donated the entire remaining balance of funds needed to complete the repairs.

The effort at the Old North Church is Tauck's 8th annual employee volunteer event. Past events have benefited Mesa Verde National Park, Valley Forge and Minute Man National Historical Parks, and Ellis Island National Monument.

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