Celebrating JFK’s Legacy: $2.5M Raised for 25th Annual May Dinner

On May 5, 2013, Kennedy Library Foundation Board Members Gerard Doherty, private attorney, and Ron Sargent, CEO of Staples, co-chaired the most successful May Dinner ever—raising over $2.5 million in unrestricted support for the Kennedy Library’s education and public programs.   

Caroline Kennedy and Edwin Schlossberg were joined by 500 guests in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum’s Stephen Smith Center.  The May Dinner is the Foundation’s annual gala that celebrates the life and legacy of President Kennedy, honors the Profile in Courage Award recipient, and raises critical funds to support the Kennedy Library. 

As dinner began, Profile in Courage honoree Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly took the stage and inspired everyone with their unwavering and resolute courage.  Caroline Kennedy said in her introduction that “in a triumph of uncommon grace and courage, she [Giffords] embraced a call to service when she would have been forgiven for staying home to recover from her wounds.”  In celebration of the 50th anniversary of JFK’s presidency, Tony Bennett—who performed at the White House for President Kennedy some fifty years ago—concluded the evening with a special performance.     

The Kennedy Library Foundation received an outpouring of support, led by Legacy Laureates Domtar, Richard K. and Nancy L. Donahue, Feinberg Rozen LLP, Caroline Kennedy and Edwin Schlossberg, Clive F. Palmer, Raytheon Company, Jill and Ron Sargent, and Staples, Inc. 

For more information about this year’s event, or if you wish to participate in 2014, please contact Maura Hammer at Maura.Hammer@jfklfoundation.org

Legacy Laureates

Richard K. and Nancy L. Donahue
Feinberg Rozen LLP        
Caroline Kennedy and Edwin Schlossberg   
Clive F. Palmer
Raytheon Company
Jill and Ron Sargent
Staples, Inc. 

Legacy Champion

3M Company
Bank of America
Camrose & Kross, LLC
Ted Hoff and Kathleen O’Connell
Shari Redstone

Presidential Partner

Bingham McCutchen, LLP
BNY Mellon
David Boies, Chairman of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
Brown Brothers Harriman
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Margot C. Connell and Family
EMC Corporation
Epson America
Fidelity Investments
Richard and Nancy Friedman
John Hancock Financial
Robert K. Kraft
The Letterman Family
Liberty Mutual Insurance
McCann New York
News Corporation
Northeast Utilities
Sony Corporation of America
David Weinstein
Anonymous  (2)

Anniversary Patron

The American Ireland Fund
BIC Corporation
The Boston Consulting Group
Jill Ker Conway
Marilyn and Gerard F. Doherty
Esselte Corporation
Fellowes, Inc.
Gourmet Caterers
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
The Hartford
IBM Corporation
International Paper, John Faraci, CEO
The Joyce Foundation
Michele and Howard Kessler
The Lombard Family
Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch
Richard and Sally Phelps
Ryder Dedicated
The Schooner Foundation
Stephen E. Smith
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr
Yawkey Foundation

Dinner Sponsors

Nancy and Ziggy Alderman
Amazon Kindle
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Carrie and George Bell
Governor and Mrs. James J. Blanchard
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
David and Trixie Burke
Colliers International—Boston
Courier Express
Express Courier International, Inc.
Fereydoun Firouz
Goldman Sachs
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.
Nicole and Tom Hynes
Joan B. Kennedy
Senator & Mrs. Paul G. Kirk, Jr.
Sydney and Peter McKelvy
Mt. Tom Companies 
The Elva and Lawrence O’Brien Family Trust
James A. Molinaro, Penske Truck Leasing
PNC Bank, National Association
Prestige Delivery Systems
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
Procter & Gamble
Red Sox Foundation
Dr. Margaret A. Reed & Patricia Fernandes
Robert and Carol Riley
Stan and Liz Salett
Elaine and Gerald Schuster
Jim and Cathy Stone
Mr. & Mrs. Paul E. Tryder
United Stationers Supply Co./Lagasse
University of Massachusetts Boston
Velocity Express, LLC
Veterans Distribution of Chicago, Inc.
Weber Shandwick
Wells Fargo Corporate Banking
Werner Enterprises


Philip J. Baduini
Harold Basser
Sheila L. Cassidy
Ranny Cooper
John J. Cullinane
Deutsch Bank
Edward Fire
Robert Fitzsimmons
M&M Transportation
Jacqueline B. Mars
New England Motor Freight, Inc.
O’Saraceno Restaurant
Thomas and Rosemary O’Keeffe
Sherry Penney and Jim Livingston
Phyllis N. Segal
Maria Shriver
Stonehill College
Charles C. Tretter
Mr. and Mrs. Wade
Suzanne and Marc Winkelman
Wynright Corporation

May Dinner 2013

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May Dinner 2012

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May Dinner 2011

Kennedy Library Foundation Executive Director Tom McNaught and Library Director Tom PutnamExecutive Director Tom McNaught with Kennedy Library Board Member Clive Palmer and his guestsKennedy Library Chairman Ken Feinberg and wife Dede with Martha MinnowKennedy Library Chairman Ken Feinberg greets Board Member Ron Sargent and his wife JillBill Swanson and Bob KraftBill Swanson, Cheryl Swanson, Victoria Kennedy, Ken Feinberg, Bob Epstein, Linda Epstein, Bob Kraft, Josh KraftSenator Paul Kirk and Profile in Courage Award Committee Chairman Al HuntSenator Paul Kirk, Co-Chair Robert Kraft, Josh Kraft, and Kennedy Library Chairman Ken FeinbergElaine Jones and Senator Paul KirkLauren Birchfield, Joe Kennedy, Tom McNaught, Matt Kennedy, Kate ManningThe Weinstein FamilyElizabeth Redenbaugh, Caroline Kennedy, Wael Ghonim, Victoria Kennedy, Ed SchlossbergCo-Chairs Gerard Doherty and Bob KraftCaroline Kennedy with Co-Chairs Bob Kraft and Gerard DohertyCaroline Kennedy with Co-Chairs Bob Kraft and Gerard DohertyCo-Chair Bob Kraft and Caroline KennedyVicary Graham, Board Member Joanne Jaxtimer, and Co-Chair Gerard DohertyGovernor Patrick with Caroline KennedyCo-Chair Bob Kraft and Elaine SchusterEd Schlossberg, Bob Kraft, Josh Kraft, Caroline Kennedy, and Tatiana SchlossbergGerard Doherty, Senator Kerry, and Tim ConnellThe Donahue FamilyThe Donahues with Senator KerryKennedy Library Board Member Dick Friedman and Caroline KennedyDiane Patrick, Governor Patrick, Elaine Jones, Ed Schlossberg, Caroline Kennedy, Ken FeinbergFrancis Murray, Paul Momnie, Mackenzie Mango, Tim ConnellLeslie Feinberg, Ken Feinberg, Caroline KennedyPratt Wiley, Bennie Wiley, Diane Patrick, Governor Patrick, Sharon Pratt, Carol Fulp, Bernie FulpBoard Member Paul Mattera and Caroline KennedyGail Huff, Senator Scott Brown, and Linda and Bob EpsteinBennie Wiley, Sharon Pratt, Bernie and Carol FulpBennie Wiley and Sharon PrattCaroline Kennedy and Father AhernBarbara Souliotis, Father Mark Cregan, Senator KirkDarlene Love and Caroline KennedyDarlene Love and Caroline KennedyDarlene Love and band with Caroline KennedySenator Brown, Barry Koretz, and guestCynthia Strauss and Harry SherrUMass Chancellor and Kennedy Library Board Member Keith Motley with guestsSenator Brown and Jim BrettSenator Brown and Father AhernCaroline Kennedy, Teddi Levy Marshall, Thurgood Marshall Jr., Jay Zimmerman, and Mars ChildCaroline Kennedy and Kennedy Library Board Member Jim BrettGuest, Mayor Setti Warren, Bernie FulpCaroline Kennedy and Elaine JonesSydney McKelvy, Mayor Setti Warren, and Stephen SmithSenator Brown, guest, and Doug FoyKim Sawyer and Bob ShermanCo-Chair Bob Kraft, guest, Councilor Mike Ross, Michael CollinsThe Hoff FamilyKen Feinberg, David Feinberg, and Michael Rozen of Feinberg Rozen LLPThurgood Marshall Jr. and Ken FeinbergBoard Member Heather Campion, Chuck Campion, and Caroline KennedySteve Greeley and Jim BrettJoe Kennedy, Megan Greeley, Steve Greeley, Jack ManningJoe Kennedy and Jim BrettElaine Jones, Peggy Reed, Cynthia Strauss, Sheila CassidySenator Dodd and Peggy ReedSenator Chris Dodd, Peggy Reed, and Senator Paul KirkMt. Tom Guests enjoy the festivitiesKristine Lewis and Elizabeth RedenbaughSheila Cassidy, VP for Development Ariadne Valsamis, Peggy Reed
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Kennedy Library Foundation Executive Director Tom McNaught and Library Director Tom Putnam

May Dinner 2010

MD 2010 Conan OBrien and SwansonMD 2010 Caroline and ConnellViacom Chairman Sumner Redstone and Victoria Reggie Kennedy at the 2010 May DinnerKenneth Feinberg David McKean and Gerard Dohery at the 2010 May DinnerJohn Hancock Financial's Carol Fulp and New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft at the 2001 May DinnerJane Krakowski, May Dinner 2010 Entertainer
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MD 2010 Conan OBrien and Swanson