H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest will be remembered and celebrated with music and words in a ceremony at the Academy of Music on Oct. 17. Among those scheduled to speak about the late civic leader are associates in the realms of education, culture, business, media, and philanthropy. The orchestra of the Curtis Institute of Music will perform.
Lenfest, who died Aug. 5 at the age of 88, made his fortune in the cable industry and spent the last dozen and a half years of his life giving it away to numerous causes in Philadelphia and beyond. He was the owner of Philadelphia Media Network, which publishes the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com, and donated the property to a new nonprofit now called the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.