Anyone who has ever had a party in their backyard knows that it can be hard on the lawn, and Jon Stewart has taken notice.
"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" is simultaneously promoting the Rally to Restore Sanity, while also raising awareness and a little cash for the National Mall.
For a couple of weeks, Stewart has been urging anyone who plans to attend this weekend’s rally to donate to the Trust for the National Mall. One posting from Stewart on his website describes the situation. “Just in case you accidentally, like, put a beverage down on the Mall's coffee table without using a coaster, we figure that giving a little something back to the National Mall might, at least, soften the blow."
The latest episode of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" included a shout-out to the trust for the National Mall, which can be seen at about the 2:30 mark of this clip.

While the clip pokes fun at the current poor state of many of the grounds and monuments on the National Mall, the president of the Trust for the National Mall has neither a problem with the attention nor the rally.

"This is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness about the need to restore the National Mall,” said Caroline Cunningham in an interview with the Washington Examiner. She added, "Hopefully, it will result not only in donations to the trust but greater interest in the mall's renovation and restoration."

Now, the only thing that can make a lawn party more destructive is a lawn party in the rain. Think back to Woodstock 1994, when the whole festival turned into a mud pit. Well it looks like the National Mall will catch a break on that front. While Washington, D.C., has been experiencing rain and has been under a few tornado warnings this week, the weekend forecast calls for dry and sunny weather leading up to and during the rally. So keep the umbrellas at home and take those checkbooks out.

Jon Stewart photo courtesy Comedy Central.

Rally to Restore Sanity pushes to restore the National Mall
Jon Stewart continues to put a spotlight on preserving, improving the National Mall.