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Gary Ozenbaugh and American Battlefield Trust Make Donation to Gettysburg Area Recreation Authority

Gift reflects commitment to community amidst land preservation effort and restaurant relocation

Jim Campi, (202) 367-1861 x7205
Mary Koik, (202) 367-1861 x7231

(Gettysburg, Pa.) – Restauranteur Gary Ozenbaugh and officials from the American Battlefield Trust paid a scheduled visit to the Gettysburg Area Recreation Authority (GARA) this afternoon to uphold their commitment and make a $20,000 gift in support of community projects. GARA headquarters is located near the original buffet site recently purchased by the Trust in anticipation of the new location’s spring opening.  

Top L to R: Wes Heyser (GARA), Matt Moon (GARA), Tom Denko (GARA); Bottom L to R: Gary Ozenbaugh, Tom Gilmore (ABT), Erin Peddigree (GARA), Reid Clark (ABT), Steve Toddes (GARA). Gettysburg Connection

“After decades on Steinwehr Avenue, the time was right for us to find a new location where the business could thrive and grow for years to come,” said Ozenbaugh. “I’m thankful that there are programs designed to ensure that owners of historic properties can choose preservation and still be compensated at market value for their land. This allowed me to reach out to the American Battlefield Trust and explore my options before determining the best course of action for me. 

“In the Trust, I found a partner for this process and am grateful for the flexibility they have extended as we prepare for occupancy at the new site this spring. But more than that, I’m pleased to know that they share my commitment to this community – not just the battlefield, but the people and the institutions that make it so special. I can think of few other buyers who’d happily join me in making charitable gifts as a way of saying thank you for all the support I’ve been shown by neighbors during this evolution.”  

This charitable gift from the Trust for local parks represents a gift over and above the more than $65,000 in 2022 property taxes paid to local municipalities by the Trust, despite its nonprofit status. It is part of an ongoing pattern that the Trust has publicly pledged to continue for future acquisitions by working with relevant officials to identify meaningful avenues to create impact for residents and local institutions.   

The American Battlefield Trust is dedicated to preserving America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educating the public about what happened there and why it matters today. The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization has protected more than 56,000 acres associated with the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War across 155 sites in 25 states. Learn more at