Celebrating JFK’s Legacy: $2M Raised for The May Dinner

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. 

At this year’s dinner 2014 Chair Robert Epstein, CEO/President of Horizon Beverage Group, announced that the Foundation raised over $2 million in unrestricted support for the Kennedy Library’s education and public programs.  The outpouring of support was led by Legacy Laureates Richard K. and Nancy L. Donahue, Robert Epstein, Feinberg Rozen LLP, Clive F. Palmer, and Raytheon Company.  

JFK Library Foundation Board Member Conan O’Brien served as MC for the night.  With Caroline Kennedy serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, she was well represented by her son, Jack Schlossberg, who presented the Profile in Courage Award to Mayor Paul Bridges, Former Mayor of Uvalda, Georgia and to Lauren Bush Lauren, President George H. W. Bush’s granddaughter, who accepted the award on his behalf.

As an exclusive surprise for the nearly 500 guests, the Library displayed, for one night only, President Kennedy’s golf cart.  This unique artifact represents just one example of the treasures housed in the Kennedy Library Archives.  Kennedy family members shared fond memories of their time with the President when the golf cart served as their primary mode of transportation during vacations on Cape Cod.   

For more information about this year’s event, or if you wish to participate in 2015, please contact Maura Hammer at Maura.Hammer@jfklfoundation.org


Richard K. and Nancy L. Donahue
Robert Epstein
Feinberg Rozen LLP
Clive F. Palmer
Raytheon Company


Bank of America
The Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation
Ted Hoff and Kathleen O'Connell
Horizon Beverage Group
Shari Redstone
Donald Saunders & Liv Ullmann
Staples, Inc. 


Doug & Diana Berthiaume
Bingham McCutchen LLP, with Jay Zimmerman & Mars Child
BNY Mellon
Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
Margot C. Connell and Family
EMC Corporation
Fidelity Investments
Richard and Nancy Friedman
Goldring Family Foundation
John Hancock
Robert K. Kraft
Liberty Mutual Insurance
News Corp
Northeast Utilities
Ed Shirley & Marge Schneider
State Street Corporation
University of Massachusetts
David Weinstein
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Yawkey Foundations


The American Ireland Fund
Constellation Brands
Jill Ker Conway
Marilyn and Gerard F. Doherty
Gourmet Caterers
Heineken USA
Nicole & Tom Hynes
Jackson Family Wines
The Joyce Foundation
Michele and Howard Kessler
Joanna Lau
Carolyn & Peter S. Lynch, The Lynch Foundation
Jacqueline B. Mars
Dick & Sally Phelps
Putnam Investments
RBS Citizens
Elaine and Gerald Schuster
Anonymous (2)


Albert Risk Management Consultants
Charles N. Atkins
Austin Liquors – Worcester
Balter-Silberman Group at Morgan Stanley
Carrie and George Bell
Bernkopf Goodman LLP
Governor and Mrs. James J. Blanchard
The Boston Foundation
Joan & Robert Canzano
Eastern Bank
Bill and Gail Fine
Bonnie and Tony Foglio
David Fubini and Bertha Rivera
C. Bernard and Carol Fulp
Highland Street Foundation
Hinckley Allen
Robert D. and Pamela M. Jacobs
Terry and E.J. Jaxtimer
Dr. Barry Jaye and Julie Riven Jaye
Jordan’s Furniture and Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO
Nance & Stephen Karp
Rick & Nancy Kelleher
Dan and Julie Kenary
The Honorable & Mrs. Paul G. Kirk, Jr.
Barry and Joan Koretz
Jock Macdonald
David & Rosalee McCullough
John & Catherine McDonnell
McDermott Quilty and Miller LLP
Sydney and Peter McKelvy
The Patron Spirits Company
Raphael and Raphael LLP
Dr. Margaret A. Reed and Patricia Fernandes
Carol and Robert Riley
Jill & Ron Sargent
Sony Corporation of America
Gillian Sorensen
The Stadelmann Family
Cathy and Jim Stone
Suffolk Construction's Red & Blue Foundation
Paul and Susan Sugarman
Sullivan & Worcester LLP
WB Mason Co.
Weber Shandwick
Wells Fargo Bank
Alan and Alice Zaff
Anonymous (2)


John and Nancy Alderman
Donald F. Baron
James Basker
Boston Financial Management
Dana Clark
Arlene Tofias Cohen & David Cohen
John J. Cullinane
David and Dianne Epstein
Fetzer Vineyards
Folio Fine Wine Partners
Patrick and Carol Hemingway
Steven E. Hirsch
Joan B. Kennedy
King Estate Winery, LP
Kobrand Corporation
Jim Koch
Donald Kurson
Joseph S. Lank
Arthur N. Luke
Jeffrey Mann
Neil Markson
Barbara A. Perry
Red Sox Foundation
Mary L. Reed
Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc
Arthur Simons
Stephen & Alice Cutler Family Foundation
The Davenport Companies
Charles C. Tretter
Turn-Key Distribution Systems
V. Cirace & Son, Inc.
W&H Systems
Kevin and Sasha Wade
William Gallagher Associates
Stephen Williams
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America

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