Donors Make a Difference: Leading By Example

Valerie Lyons and Jay Judson



The Huntington has long held a place of importance in the lives of Valerie Lyons and Jay Judson, new members of the Society of Fellows.


Fourteen years ago, this was where they came on their second date. It was clearly an inspired choice, as they have now been married for 12 years. “The Huntington is a great fit for us as a couple,” says Lyons, citing the beauty, art, and nature that they enjoy immersing themselves in on every visit. Many of their interests are reflected here, among them Lyons’ passion for collecting illustrated books.


After supporting The Huntington for many years as Members, Lyons and Judson recently stepped up their involvement by joining the Fellows. Their decision to increase their level of annual giving was sparked by their participation in a Huntington 101 class led by Randy Shulman. The lively behind-the-scenes series gave them a deeper appreciation of the history of the institution and the legacy of its founders.  Then they attended the Huntington Ball, which was opened to Members for the first time in 2012.  That “magical evening,” as Lyons remembers it, cemented their commitment to supporting The Huntington at a higher level.


“The Huntington has always been a special place for us,” reflects Lyons, “a place where we’ve always loved to come.” Now,as supporters at the Fellows level, their connection to their “special place”has become deeper, richer, and more meaningful than ever.


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"The Huntington is a place where nature, science, art, and humanities are always ready to inspire and make a difference. I encourage you to take part and support this world-class dynamic place." 

- Randy A. Shulman, Vice President for Advancement 




About The Huntington

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. Henry Huntington, a key figure in the...

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