The Benoliel Society

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Planned gifts help ensure that the engaging programs, in-depth resources, and crucial services of the Free Library will be available for future generations to depend on and enjoy. D. Jacques Benoliel was one of the first to support the Library through a planned gift, creating the foundation for the Library’s world-renowned Dickens collection. We honor his important legacy through The Benoliel Society. The Benoliel Society recognizes those thoughtful individuals who have made a planned gift to the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation. Benoliel members are thanked each year at an annual reception and enjoy access to special programing. Join the many others who, like you, understand the lasting value of the Library and the importance of sustaining its future. We invite you to become part of The Benoliel Society by making the planned gift that's right for you.

The Benoliel Society Donor Listing

  • Ihsan Ahmed
  • Janet M. Andereck*
  • Peggy Anderson*
  • Joseph F. Baker
  • Sherrin Baky-Nessler
  • Carl J. Balis
  • Sheila and Myron Bassman
  • Khadija Benaissa
  • Peter A. Benoliel and Willo Carey
  • Sally Cooper Bleznak
  • Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz
  • Andrea Boyd
  • Shirley DeBobes Braverman*
  • Judy Brown and Cynthia Youtzy
  • Melvin Buckman*
  • Carol W. Buettger
  • Helen and Robert Buttel
  • Joseph Cesa
  • Carol Shlifer Clapp
  • Rebecca L. Craik and Mark Haskins
  • John W. Cunningham, Jr.
  • Peggy and Mark Curchack
  • Victoria and Colin Dawson
  • Dorothy J. del Bueno
  • Doris N. Desher
  • Tobey and Mark Dichter
  • Ruth Dillon*
  • Amy Finkelstein
  • Graham Finney
  • Abbe Fletman and Jane Hinkle
  • Drs. Barbara and Leonard Frank
  • Barbara F. Freed, Ph.D
  • Jill Friedman-Rickman
  • Professor Eileen Gambrill
  • Bob Gelsher
  • Paula Needs Glazier
  • Betty Gottlieb
  • Bruce Jay Gould
  • Kathleen Greenacre
  • Peggy and Rich Greenawalt
  • Estate of Dorrance Hamilton*
  • Gail and Peter* Hearn
  • Lorna Jane Hedges*
  • Antoinette Hoagland
  • Warren Hoffman
  • Edward W. Hoy
  • Rosaline and Robert* Joseph
  • Sylvia W. Kauders
  • Charles Keates
  • Marlyn and Norman Kline
  • Deborah Komins
  • Sue D. and Reinhard Kruse
  • Magali and Charles Larson
  • Anne Silvers Lee and Wynn Lee
  • The Loki's Fund
  • Randi and William Marrazzo
  • Priscilla McDougal
  • Kim and Tom Moon
  • Tara Lynne Murphy
  • Anita M. Myette
  • Stephanie and Michael Naidoff
  • Linda and Jeffrey Needleman
  • Susan Odessey
  • Shirley A. Page
  • Marilyn Phister
  • Marcia J. Rogers
  • Eileen Rosenau
  • Phoebe Rosenberry*
  • J. Randall Rosensteel
  • Helen Schneider
  • Anna E. Schneider*
  • Patricia and Scott Schultz
  • Estate of Lidie Smith
  • Susan G. Smith
  • Miriam and Arthur Spector
  • Evelyn G. Spritz
  • Leon C. Sunstein
  • Sherry A. Swirsky
  • Lorraine Urbeit
  • Nadeen Van Tuyle and Gilbert Feinberg
  • Debra Weiner
  • Ruth W.* and A. Morris Williams, Jr.
  • Mara and Kenneth Wolfgang
  • Anonymous (2)


* Deceased

List as of January 2018


For more information, please contact The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation at 215-567-7710 or giving@freelibrary.org

Donor Profile

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