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Union League's Crystal Award

was given to H.F. "Gerry" and Marguerite Lenfest at a dinner for 315 held May 20 at the Union League. The award is sponsored by the Union League Ladies Committee.

Praising the Lenfests were James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress; Anne d'Harnoncourt, chief executive of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Paul A. Reid, president of the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades. Lenfest is a major donor and board chair of both the Library of Congress and the Art Museum. In March, the Lenfests donated $20 million to Williamson, a trade school in Media.

Word play

The

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

honored four of Philadelphia's newspapers at its ninth annual fund-raiser held May 20 at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue. Receiving the

Founder's Award

were Brian P. Tierney, chief executive of Philadelphia Media Holdings and publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer; Hernan Guaracao, publisher of Al Dia; Bennett L. Aaron, chairman of the Jewish Publishing Group, which publishes the Jewish Exponent; and Robert W. Bogle, president and chief executive of the Philadelphia Tribune. Inquirer columnist and suspense writer Lisa Scottoline spoke before the dinner's 230 guests. The event, chaired by Roger and Georgeann Ballou, grossed $150,000 to support the society's educational programs.

Sendak soiree

Guests at the

Rosenbach Museum & Library's Rosenbacchanal

entered into the world of Maurice Sendak when they attended the museum's annual benefit April 30. The 105 guests previewed the museum's newest exhibit, "There's a Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak," and had the rare opportunity to bid on three original works by the famed illustrator, each in crayon on panel, that Sendak had donated to the museum. The largest piece, which depicted the

Where the Wild Things Are

character Max standing on a small stool, went for the top bid of $18,000. The evening raised nearly $95,000 for the Rosenbach.

Rite of spring

The annual

Wildflower Ball

was held May 16, the eve of the Radnor Hunt Races, at the Radnor Hunt in Malvern. The black-tie dinner dance, cochaired by Anne Hamilton and Esther Gansky, featured filet mignon by Jimmy Duffy, the Ward Marston Orchestra, and a profusion of wildflowers by Valley Forge Flowers. Bank of New York Mellon Wealth Management was honored for its 24 years of sponsorship and more than $1 million of support for the Radnor Hunt Races and the Brandywine Conservancy. The Wildflower Ball and Race Day together raised $200,000 for the conservancy's environmental programs to preserve open space and ensure clean watersheds.

Irish eyes are smiling

Sen. George J. Mitchell was honored at the

Eisenhower Fellowships annual awards

dinner May 15 at the Rittenhouse Hotel. Eisenhower Fellowships chairman Gen. Colin L. Powell presented the Eisenhower Medal for Leadership and Service to Mitchell. The former senator was recognized for his work as chairman of the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland that led to the historic Good Friday Accord, ending decades of conflict. Among the 225 guests were 14 alumni Fellows who came for the event from Ireland to receive the Eisenhower Fellowships' first Distinguished Alumnus Award.