The May Dinner

Chaired by David H. Long, Chairman and CEO, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Sunday, May 16, 2021

The May Dinner is the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s annual black-tie gala that celebrates the life and legacy of President Kennedy. The 32nd Annual May Dinner will celebrate President Kennedy's spirited call for the American public to meet the challenges of their times and embark on a New Frontier. A special highlight of the gala will be the presentation of the Profile in Courage Award® to a public official who has exemplified the spirit of political courage that President Kennedy so admired. The May Dinner provides crucial unrestricted financial support for the JFK Library's programming, which serves hundreds of thousands of adults and children annually through educational experiences, art programs, Kennedy Library Forums, and an ever-growing digital archive.

Sponsorship levels for the May Dinner range from $5,000 to $250,000. Download benefits information here. To support the gala, please contact Lindsey Havansek at


2020 Event Sponsors

Victory Champion

Liberty Mutual Insurance


Leadership Benefactor

The Richard K. and Nancy L. Donahue Charitable Foundation

Raytheon Technologies


Legacy Laureate

Jill and Ron Sargent


Legacy Champion

Bank of America

Eversource Energy

Gourmet Hospitality Group

Edward Hoff and Kathleen O'Connell

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP


Presidential Partner


Kaiyuan Wang

David C. Weinstein


Anniversary Patron

David Gasson/Boston Capital Foundation

John Hancock

The Ireland Funds

The Joyce Foundation

Susan and Jim Kelleher

Michele and Howard Kessler

Richard and Sally Phelps

Schooner Foundation

State Street Corporation



Dinner Sponsor

Nancy & Zig Alderman

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Canter

Eastern Bank

Carol and C. Bernard Fulp

Jim and Mary Judge

The Honorable and Mrs. Paul G. Kirk, Jr.

Laurie Leshin and Jon Morse

M&T Bank

The New England Council

Bob and Carol Riley

Tom Samoluk and Carrie Smotrich

Ambassador John Shattuck and Ellen Hume

Harry Sherr and Cynthia Strauss

Gillian Sorensen

Susan Trackman


As of June 15, 2020


The 2019 May Dinner in photos

JFK Library Foundation Board Member Gillian Sorensen and Captain Charles Nadd.


Photo by Divyanka Gupta


Cameron Shahbazian and Ted Louis-Jacques


Photo by Divyanka Gupta


Nancy and Srini Mukundan with May Dinner guests


Photo by Divyanka Gupta


JFK Library Foundation Board Member Jim Kelleher and Susan Kelleher


Photo by Divyanka Gupta


Yndia Lorick-Wilmot; JFK Library Foundation Board Members Damian Wilmot and David Gasson; Jesse Mermell


Photo by Divyanka Gupta


JFK Library Foundation Board Member Carol Fulp; Profile in Courage Award Committee Member David Axelrod; Bernie Fulp


Photo by Rick Friedman


May Dinner Chairman, Thomas A. Kennedy; Paul Pelosi; Profile in Courage Award Recipient, The Honorable Nancy Pelosi; JFK Library Foundation Board Member Ed Schlossberg; JFK Library Foundation Honorary President, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy; Profile in Courage Award Committee Member Jack Schlossberg; Elaine Kennedy


Photo by Tom Fitzsimmons