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New York Public Library Library Lions Benefit

The Rose Main Reading Room during dinner.

The New York Public Library honored John Hope Franklin, Jhumpa Lahiri, Martin Scorsese and Tom Stoppard at the Tenth Anniversary Library Lions Benefit on November 5, at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library. Tony award-winning actress Jennifer Ehle served as the evening's Master of Ceremonies.

620 guests enjoyed cocktails in Astor Hall followed by dinner and a program in the third floor main reading room. They were later joined by 500 additional guests for a dance party in Astor Hall hosted by the Young Lions, a membership group of New Yorkers in their 20s and 30s who support the work of the Library.  The Library was lit by 4,000 candles for the evening's celebrations.

The evening raised 2.6 million dollars. All proceeds benefit the Library's General Book Fund. The event's co-chairs were Mr. and Mrs. Oscar de la Renta, H.R.H. Princess Firyal, Mr. Lionel I. Pincus. Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Fuld, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Felix Rohatyn, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Schwarzman, and The Honorable Merryl H. Tisch and Mr. James S. Tisch.  Young Lion co-chairs were Mr. Nicholas T. Brown, Ms. Lauren Bush, Ms. Amanda Hearst, Mr. Hudson Morgan and Ms. Andrea Olshan.

Honorees Tom Stoppard and Jhumpa

Honorees John Hope Franklin and Martin Scorsese.

Master of Ceremonies Jennifer Ehle.

New York Public Library president Dr. Paul LeClerc; Christine and Stephen Schwarzman.

Co-chairs Oscar and Annette de la Renta.

Co-chairs Felix and Elizabeth Rohatyn.

Co-chairs Thomas and Alice Tisch.

Young Lion co-chairs Amanda Hearst, Hudson Morgan, Lauren Bush, Nicholas T. Brown, and Andrea Olshan.

Louise Grunwald and co-chair Princess Firyal.

Howard and Abby Milstein; Catherine C. Marron.

Donald and Susan Newhouse.

Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Diane Taylor.

Chosan and Brian Grazer.

Donald and Catherine C. Marron.

Alice Tisch and Gayfryd Steinberg.

Diane von Furstenberg, Philip Seymour Hoffman.

 Joel Klein and Christine C. Quinn.

Sheila and Tom Wolfe.

Elliot Goldenthal and Julie Taymor.

Luciana Pedraza and Robert Duvall.

Carolina Herrera.

Jimmy Fallon.

Sila Calderon.

Susan Fales-Hill.

Christine Baranski.

Photos: New York Public Library
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