Provided by Hylton Performing Arts Center
John Jacquemin and his wife, Tracie Jacquemin, have made a generous leadership commitment to support the Hylton Performing Arts Center. The five-year, $1,000,000 pledge from The Jacquemin Family Foundation will support the Hylton Center’s building fund and the center’s permanent endowment. The Large Rehearsal Hall in the center’s Education and Rehearsal Wing, which opened in 2019, will be named The Jacquemin Family Foundation Rehearsal Hall in their honor. This signature space in the Hylton Center serves as an elegant performance hall, community gathering place, and rehearsal room for diverse area artists and organizations.Read more about The Jacquemin Family Foundation’s gift.“We are so grateful to John, Tracie, and their family for their transformational support of the Hylton Performing Arts Center,” said Rick Davis, Executive Director of the Hylton Center and Dean of Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. “The Jacquemins have been passionate supporters of the arts in this region, and great friends to George Mason University. To see their family’s commitment to the arts through naming the Large Rehearsal Hall is a testament to the power of the arts to build community.” John Jacquemin is a current member of the George Mason University Foundation Board of Trustees and served on the university’s Board of Visitors from 2012 to 2017. He is president and CEO of Mooring Financial Corp., a private investment firm based in Tysons that he founded in 1982. The couple’s oldest daughter, Juliana, is a 2014 graduate of Mason’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Jacquemin Family Foundation, established in 1997, supports charitable causes across Northern Virginia and the Greater Washington region, especially in the fields of education, the arts, environmental conservation, housing, hunger, and early childhood education. Both John and Tracie deeply appreciate the role of the Hylton Center as a vital gathering place for the region’s arts community. “The Hylton Center is a real jewel for this part of Virginia,” said John Jacquemin. “Making our support for it visible in this way represents the commitment I feel to Mason after all my involvement with the university.” “How many students might not even be in college were it not for George Mason?” Jacquemin added. “Look at how many first-generation students we have—the first in their families to attend college. That’s something to be very proud of.” The impact of the Jacquemins’ philanthropy at Mason extends well beyond the Hylton Center. The Education Abroad Scholarship, established by the family in 2016, provides support to study abroad for at least a dozen deserving Mason students each year. Jacquemin previously established a similar scholarship at his alma mater, Penn State. The Jacquemins are also significantly involved with the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) in Front Royal, where they established a research fellowship to fund Ph.D. candidates in 2018.