WASHINGTON (AP) –Marriott hotels in D.C., Maryland and Virginia are helping to raise funds to restore the National Mall.

Bethesda, Md.-based Marriott International announced a new “Check In and Help Out” package will run through early September. When guests book a hotel stay with the package, $5 per night will be donated to the Trust for the National Mall.

Hotel guests also will receive complimentary breakfast and a book about the National Mall. Participating hotels include J.W. Marriott, Renaissance and Marriott Hotels in the Washington region.

The Trust for the National Mall also recently announced Laura Bush is joining the effort to raise $350 million to restore the most visited national park. Its dead grass, broken sidewalks and stagnant pools of water have drawn attention in recent years.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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