Judge Arlin M. Adams Honors Mrs. Leonore Annenberg at Gala Tribute EventOn September 24, 2009 by Schnader
A tribute to the life and philanthropy of the late Leonore Annenberg was held September 24 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Judge Arlin Adams, counsel in Schnader’s Philadelphia office and a friend of Mrs. Annenberg’s, provided the evening’s opening remarks. Other speakers honoring Mrs. Annenberg included retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, General Colin Powell, Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, and NBC News’ Tom Brokaw and Andrea Mitchell. In addition, Honorary Co-Chairs Prince Charles and Former President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush provided video tributes. Ralph Wellington, chairman of the Firm and a partner in the Philadelphia office, was among the memorial’s 1,400 guests.
Mrs. Annenberg died in March at the age of 91. She assumed control of the Annenberg Foundation upon the death of her husband in October 2002. Since its creation in 1989, the foundation has donated $4.2 billion to cultural, educational and medical institutions. Under Mrs. Annenberg’s leadership, the Annenberg Foundation made regional grants to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Constitution Center, the Academy of Music, and the University of Pennsylvania. In 2007, Mrs. Annenberg accepted the Philadelphia Award, the city’s highest civic honor. An article about tribute appeared in the September 25 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer.