Hundreds Enjoy the Library’s Lit Lamps, as the Outside World Disappeared at the Huntington Ball

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5:48 am | September 11, 2017


The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino continued its magical Huntington Ball, begun in 1974, a year after the Society of Fellows was established as a donor group to support The Huntington’s research and educational programs.

On Saturday evening, about 425 people, including most of the members of the Society of Fellows, attended the annual black-tie gala set on the historic grounds of the Huntington Library, with dinner and dancing under the stars.

Cocktails started at 7 p.m. at Huntington Art Gallery Circle, and dinner and dancing, the highlight of each year’s Ball, started at 8 p.m. at the Library Lawn.

With delightfully  comfortable cabanas across a lawn and many of the Huntington’s precious art collections on display, the Huntington’s premier group of philanthropic supporters came together and once again gave to the general operating budget that keeps Henry Huntington’s vision alive today and for generations to come.

West Coast Music in Beverly Hills provided music, and the Kitchen for Exploring Foods Pasadena catered for the evening.

The Society of Fellows began in 1973 as a way to follow the founder’s philanthropic tradition. Many of these founding families remain active today, with the second and third generations now taking part.

Huntington was one of the nation’s top collectors of rare books and together with his wife, Arabella, had a passion for fine art. Together, they established a research library, art collections, and botanical gardens that are now among the world’s finest.

In 1919, they signed over their San Marino property and its contents to create a non-profit trust. Their mission was and still is the same today: to encourage research and promote education in the arts, humanities, and botanical sciences.

Fellows offer any one of the six levels of support for the Huntington, with minimum participation starting at $2,500 a year. Higher levels offer additional benefits. Membership is open to all.

For more information about becoming a member, contact Pamela Ludwig Hearn, Director of the Society of Fellows, at (626) 405-2264, or email phearn@huntington.org.