Profile in Courage Award Gala

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Gala Chair

Robert F. Rivers, Chair and CEO, Eastern Bank

About the Gala

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s 35th annual fundraising gala will celebrate President John F. Kennedy’s life and legacy and benefit the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The gala, typically held in May, will take place on October 29, 2023 this year. The Kennedy Family and Ronald L. Sargent, Board Chair, together with Dinner Chair Robert F. Rivers, will host this year’s event. A special highlight of the evening 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 benefit provides crucial unrestricted financial support to the JFK Library’s free in-person and virtual programming, which serves hundreds of thousands of adults and children annually through educational offerings, arts and culture performances, Kennedy Library Forums, and more.

The black-tie gala includes a cocktail reception and dinner.

Supporting the Gala

To make a contribution to the gala, please complete and return this enrollment form to Caroline Colavita at

Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law, less $240 in benefits per attendee. Please note that the IRS does not allow gifts made through a donor advised fund or private foundation to be applied to any portion of an event ticket, which is $2,500 for the gala. Please consult your financial or legal advisor regarding your specific situation. The JFK Library Foundation’s Tax ID number is 04-6113130.

For instructions or questions about payment methods or to learn more about the gala, please contact Caroline Colavita at

The Profile in Courage Award Gala was previously known as The May Dinner.

As of March 1, 2023