Major Award for Gerry Lenfest
Gerry Lenfest, Washington and Lee alumnus and benefactor, was the recipient Saturday of the Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement from The Pennsylvania Society, a non-profit, charitable organization founded in 1899. Lenfest, ’53, ’55L, was recognized at the 111th annual dinner of The Pennsylvania Society at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. He joins an impressive list of previous Gold Medal recipients, including George H.W. Bush, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jane G. Pepper, Joe Paterno, Dr. Gertrude Barber, Bill Cosby, Tom Ridge, Chris Matthews, Judith Rodin, Arlen Specter and Dan Rooney. The award is given in recognition of leadership, citizenship and contributions to the arts, science, education and industry. In recognition of the award, The Pennsylvania Society contributes $50,000 to a Pennsylvania charity chosen by the recipient of the Gold Medal. Gerry’s choice was to divide grant between two organizations — The Woodmere Art Museum and The Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia. Gerry’s speech at the dinner is being re-broadcast on Pennsylvania Cable Network TV tonight at 8 p.m. and Tuesday at 10 a.m.