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Trina Mullen Fund Honors Downtown Asheville Advocate

Mary Ann West and Patric Mullen in Pritchard Park.  Photo by Michael Oppenheim. 

Trina Mullen loved Asheville, especially downtown’s Pritchard Park.  Trina passed away in 2013, but her legacy lives on through the urban waterfall that bears her name and the fund created by her husband Patric Mullen and friend and cohort Mary Ann West to care for Pritchard Park in perpetuity. 

Mullen was born and raised in Asheville.  She worked as a public school teacher, later serving as an advocate for the poor through Legal Aid of North Carolina and finally a vice president for Nortel Networks in the Raleigh area.  She retired, moved home and devoted her time to helping people and improving downtown Asheville.  

“When we moved back, the park needed to be beautified and made safe,” said Patric.  “Trina got excited about it, and it became a cause.”  “We were a great team,” said Mary Ann.  “Trina worked on the fundraising and I was on the beautification end.  When we were adopting the park, the city held our feet to the fire regarding sustainability.  The Fund at The Community Foundation gives us a lot of confidence.” 

“Working with The Community Foundation is convenient and we like the fact that they thank donors quickly,” she continued.  “The quarterly statements make it very easy for us to see who has contributed and what is available to devote to projects at the park.  

The Foundation is rock solid and has a great reputation.  We are proud to be a part of it.

- Mary Ann West


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