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
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.
The Profile in Courage Award Gala was previously known as The May Dinner.
The JFK Library Foundation salutes the generous supporters of the gala 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.
The Richard K. and Nancy L. Donahue Charitable Foundation
Jill and Ron Sargent
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Bank of America
The Boeing Company
Hahn & Company
The Kochon Foundation
Liberty Mutual Insurance
State Street Corporation
Citizens Energy Corporation
The Law Firm of Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille S. Biros
Chris and Hilary Gabrieli
Robert K. Kraft
Bob and Patricia Rivers
Heidi and Scott Schuster
Write the World
Governor James Blanchard and Janet Blanchard & DLA Piper (US) LLC
Robert Epstein Family Foundation
Michele and Howard Kessler
Jacqueline B. Mars
Bill McCarron & Prime Buchholz LLC
United States-Japan Foundation
Allen & Gerritsen
Carrie and George Bell
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
The Boston Foundation
Boston Red Sox
Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd Bright and Mr. Cephus L. Bright
Consigli Construction Co., Inc.
Carol and C. Bernard Fulp
Consigli Construction Co., Inc.
Felicia Rhue Howard and Winifred Lefft Jones
J.C.C. Fund / Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Inc.
The Joyce Foundation
Sue and Jim Kelleher
The Honorable & Mrs. Paul G. Kirk, Jr.
The Lebowitz-Aberly Family Foundation
Jack Leslie and Caroline Pech
Marne Levine and Philip Deutch
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Senator Margie Bright Matthews, Senate District 45 (D)
McKinsey & Company
Matha Keen McNally
The New England Council
O'Shea Law Firm, LLC
Richard and Sally Phelps
Steven Maze Rothstein and Susan Maze-Rothstein
Tom Samoluk and Carrie Smotrich
Tatiana Schlossberg and George Moran
Heather Smith and Associates LLC
Sheel Tyle and Sejal Hathi
As of October 27, 2023