Celebrating Courage: A Virtual Benefit for the JFK Library Foundation

Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 7:00PM EDT

Celebration Co-Chairs

Paul and Sandy Edgerley

David H. Long, Chairman and CEO of Liberty Mutual Insurance

Thank you to all who joined us for Celebrating Courage, an evening of inspiration to honor President Kennedy's life and legacy!

Hosted by Jimmy Fallon, star of NBC's The Tonight Show, the virtual event featured the presentation of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award to U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT). Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and her son, Jack Schlossberg, also presented a special Profile in Courage Award for COVID Courage to several individuals from across the nation who are helping to heal the sick, protect our most vulnerable, and provide critical support services to those in need. In recognizing the commitment and sacrifice of these COVID Courage honorees, the JFK Library Foundation paid tribute to all those on the front lines of the pandemic.

The virtual benefit 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. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these programs have been reimagined in a virtual format to provide learning, hope, and inspiration in this time of isolation and division.

With gratitude

The JFK Library and Foundation are so grateful to the generous supporters of Celebrating Courage for all they do to keep President Kennedy's legacy alive. Thanks to their support, the Library is able to bring President Kennedy's message of service, sacrifice, courage, and patriotism to new generations so that they may discover a leader who believed we all have something special to give back to our country.

Celebration Champions

Bain Capital
The Richard K. and Nancy L. Donahue Charitable Foundation
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Raytheon Technologies

Leadership Benefactors

Caroline Kennedy and Edwin Schlossberg
Jill and Ron Sargent

Legacy Laureates

Bank of America
Josh and Anita Bekenstein
Paul and Sandy Edgerley
Eversource Energy
Edward Hoff and Kathleen O'Connell
John Hancock
Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine
Trudy & Dan Simmons
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP

Legacy Champions

Steve and Debbie Barnes
John and Stephanie Connaughton
Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille S. Biros of The Law Offices of Kenneth R. Feinberg, PC
Gourmet Hospitality Group
Robert K. Kraft
Mike Krupka
Steve and Judy Pagliuca
David C. Weinstein

Presidential Partners

BJ's Wholesale Club, dedicated to our team members, members and community
Tushara Dilanie Canekeratne
The Crown and Kunkler Family
The Honorable Regina Quinlan Doherty in Memory of Hon. Gerard F. Doherty- a true friend of the JFK Library Foundation
Miguel "Mike" Fernández
The Joyce Foundation
Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
The Pipkin Family Foundation
Heidi and Scott Shuster and Elaine Schuster
Schooner Foundation
State Street Corporation
Cathleen D. and James M. Stone

Anniversary Patrons

Governor James Blanchard and Janet Blanchard
DLA Piper (US) LLP
Eastern Bank
Michele and Howard Kessler
Prime Buchholz
Kaiyuan "Bill" Wang
Greg and Lisa Wendt
Pamela Wickham

Celebration Sponsors

Nancy and Zig Alderman
The Boston Foundation
Stephen and Carol Canter
Chris and Lisa Collins
Carol and C. Bernard Fulp
Kem and Carolyn Gardner
David S. Gasson
Marie and Peter Haley
Dr. Kerry Murphy Healey
Dan and Joan Hilferty
Jim and Mary Judge
Susan and Jim Kelleher
The Honorable and Mrs. Paul G. Kirk, Jr.
Marne Levine
McKinsey & Company
Audrey McNiff
Joseph and Vivian Mitchell
Beth Myers
The New England Council
Mark and Jane Nielsen
Bob and Carol Riley
Tom Samoluk and Carrie Smotrich
Harry Sherr and Cynthia Strauss 
Gillian Sorensen
Sheel Tyle and Sejal Hathi

Celebration Supporters

Ellen Alderman and William Harwood
Bradley Bloom
Erik Brooks
Andrew Dennington
Robert and Esta Epstein
Huajun Han
Victoria Reggie Kennedy
Bobbie and Bill Kilberg
Kristen and Kent Lucken
Sydney and Peter McKelvy
Steven Maze Rothstein and Susan Maze-Rothstein
Arnold Shapiro & Karen MacKain
Ambassador John Shattuck and Ellen Hume
Warren Wang
Weber Shandwick

Event Partners

Precision Strategies

As of May 16, 2021

The JFK Library Foundation extends its profound gratitude to Spencer Zwick and Beth Myers for their leadership in making Celebrating Courage a success. the virtual celebration was held in lieu of the JFK Library Foundation's 33rd annual May Dinner gala.

Banner photo by Liza Voll