The SS United States Conservancy congratulates H.F. "Gerry" and Marguerite Lenfest for receiving the 2017 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. Gerry's generosity and patriotism supported the SS United States Conservancy in saving the vessel from imminent scrapping in 2011.
Gerry has continued to provide the Conservancy with guidance, wisdom, and support, and we are delighted that he is receiving such well-deserved recognition for his vision and generosity.
Philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest with the SS United States
As the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote on the occasion:
The national honor is awarded every two years to philanthropists who have made a significant impact. Past recipients include Brooke Astor, the Rockefeller and Gates families, and Michael Bloomberg, along with Philadelphia’s Annenberg, Pew, and Haas families. This year’s honorees include Jeffrey Skoll, of eBay fame.
In the last dozen and a half years, the Lenfests have distributed more than $1.2 billion to arts and culture, education, social services, and other charitable causes. Major recipients include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of the American Revolution, and the Curtis Institute of Music. Most recently, Gerry Lenfest has acquired, donated, and endowed the media company that publishes the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com.