For more than 40 years, Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg welcomed political, business, educational, and entertainment leaders to Sunnylands, their 200-acre winter home in Rancho Mirage, California. In 2001, the couple established The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands to preserve the estate as a place where world leaders could meet to discuss issues of national and international importance.
They also specified that the Trust provide the public with opportunities to learn about Sunnylands’ unique place in history.
Since opening Sunnylands in 2012, the trustees and staff have created what the Annenbergs envisioned. The estate and historic residence are providing a place of tranquility and hospitality where national and international leaders convene to "promote world peace and facilitate international agreement." In that same time, more than half a million visitors have enjoyed Sunnylands Center & Gardens and its offerings.
The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands acknowledges the people who first lived in the Coachella Valley and whose descendants reside here today. Sunnylands occupies a space where indigenous people gathered and built community. We hope that engaging in important conversations on national and world affairs honors those who came before us.