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Donors

The Huntington recognizes the contribution of every one of its donors. Here they share their special stories of how The Huntington touches their lives and inspires them to support the institution.

DeShawn Wynn

Donor DeShawn Wynn

DeShawn Wynn has been an Affiliate Member since 2019. Amid her fast-paced and busy schedule as the founder and owner of her event management company, DeShawn finds much needed moments of Zen at The Huntington.

Jasmin and Eric Levander

Donors Jasmin and Eric Levander

Jasmin and Eric Levander discuss their love of The Huntington's awe-inspiring gardens, collections, and programs, and how the institution’s mission aligns with their values.

Jerry Kessler and Susan Anderson

Donors Jerry Kessler and Susan Anderson

An award-winning Cymbidium Pauwelsiii ‘Kessander’ orchid spanning 7 feet in diameter and 8 feet in height when in bloom, now proudly sits in The Huntington’s orchid collections, thanks to a generous donation from Jerry Kessler and Susan Anderson.

Andrew Schmoller

Donor Andrew Schmoller

For long-standing member Andrew Schmoller, the restoration of the grand Huntington flagpole was the perfect opportunity to show his support for The Huntington.

Mercy and Howard Steenwyk

Donors Mercy and Howard Steenwyk

Mercy and Howard Steenwyk visit The Huntington weekly with their 2-year-old granddaughter, Liberty.

Ron Wardwell

Donor Ron Wardwell

After more than four decades at The Huntington—first as a security officer and then, after retirement, as a volunteer—Ron Wardwell made the generous decision to include The Huntington in his estate plans.

Amanda Daflos and Randy Tan

Donors Amanda Daflos and Randy Tan

For Amanda, who was deeply engaged in Los Angeles’ response to the pandemic, visiting the gardens reminded her that life outside her work and the pandemic still existed.

Barbara and Ron Light

Donors Ron and Barbara Light

Ron, who can be seen pruning roses on Thursdays in the Rose Garden, has been a Huntington volunteer for more than 12 years. Barbara often accompanies Ron in the mornings when he’s volunteering.

Shirley and Juanda Scoggins

Shirley and Juanda Scoggins

Sisters Shirley and Juanda Scoggins have been Supporting Members since 2017 and share what they find special about The Huntington.

Carolyn Chu

Carolyn Chu

Huntington Member Carolyn Chu shares how she finds inspiration at The Huntington.

Claire and Brian Goldsmith

Claire and Brian Goldsmith

Claire and Brian Goldsmith share what they find special about The Huntington after they joined in 2021 as Patron Members.

Sarah and PJ Joshi

Sarah and PJ Joshi have been Supporting Members since 2009 and share what they find special about The Huntington.

Celebrating the Successors

Mr. and Mrs. Chen in front of the Hunting Successors Wall

On May 20, 2021, Successor donors had an opportunity to view the newly updated Successors Donor Wall and stroll the gardens after hours.

Alma and Mark Banuelos

Alma and Mark Banuelos

Alma and Mark Banuelos discuss their love of the institution's awe-inspiring collections, programs, and gardens and how The Huntington’s mission aligns with their values.

Close to the Heart

Dr. W. Bruce Fye reading

After 50 years of collecting, Dr. W. Bruce Fye has donated his cardiology library of more than 2,700 books and rich collection of scarce secondary literature on the history of cardiology to The Huntington.

Joy and Matthew Lin

Joy and Matthew Lin

Joy and Matthew Lin, longtime residents of San Marino, provided a gift of $3 million for the Flowery Brush Studio, a complex of two buildings for the display of Chinese art.

Terri and Jerry Kohl

Jerry and Terri Kohl

Local philanthropists and Huntington neighbors Terri and Jerry Kohl provide a generous gift of $2 million for the Rose Garden Tea Room renovation project.

Ricki and Joel Robinson

Ricki and Joel Robinson

Accommodations for nursing mothers and caregivers made possible by generous funding from Ricki and Joel Robinson, members of the Society of Fellows.

Toshie Mosher

A new rose hybrid was given its name by donor Toshie Mosher, who purchased the naming rights through a generous donation to The Huntington's "Sharing the Love" fundraising campaign.

Kim and Tony Cookson

Kim and Tony Cookson

Longtime member Tony Cookson tells of his unforgettable Huntington memories and what inspires him to donate.

Barbara Motin

Barbara Motin

For Barbara Motin, it was a guest pass that opened her eyes and heart to The Huntington.

Frank and Toshie Mosher

Frank and Toshie Mosher

Frank and Toshie Mosher create an endowment to enhance cultural programming in the Japanese Garden.

Evelyn Waugh, Revisited

Multiple works by Evelyn Waugh

In December 2013, The Huntington acquired an extensive collection of rare books and manuscripts by Evelyn Waugh (1903–1966).

Sonia and Monica Narang

Sonia and Monica Narang

Sisters Sonia and Monica Narang both travel the world for their careers, but they consider The Huntington their "home away from home."

June and Simon Li

June and Simon Li

A $2 million gift from June and Simon Li of Pasadena will make possible the Star Gazing Tower, a new pavilion perched atop a ridge along the southwest side of the garden.

Todd Rugee

Todd Rugee and his sister at The Huntington

Longtime member Todd Rugee recounts how his childhood visits to The Huntington with his “Grammy” fostered a lifelong love of the institution and even set him on his career path.

Stan Shayer and Jeffrey Romano

Stan Shayer and Jeffrey Romano

Longtime members Stan Shayer and Jeffrey Romano discuss their love of the institution’s awe-inspiring collections, programs, and gardens, and how their values align with the institution’s mission.

Mark H.L. Chen and Chun-Mei Chen

Mark H.L. Chen and Chun-Mei Chen

More than two decades ago, Mark Chen was introduced to Jim Folsom, the Marge and Sherm Telleen/Marion and Earle Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens. Since that meeting, a friendship has bloomed—and a garden has been built.

See Leong Papers: A Chinese American Family's History

Leslee See Leong

This spring, The Huntington acquired the papers of Gilbert, Florence, and Leslee See Leong, members of two of the earliest and most prominent Chinese American families in Los Angeles: the Leong and See families.

Capstone Gift Celebrates Decades of Involvement

Sherm and Marge Telleen

Sherm and Marge Telleen honors Jim Folsom’s years of service and many accomplishments by providing a generous gift.

Brody Botanical Center Dedicated

Brody family

The Huntington formally dedicated the Frances Lasker Brody Botanical Center in October 2009.

Supporting Medieval Scholarship

Ken and Erika Riley meet with Cosima Gillhammer

Erika and Ken Riley share a special interest in medieval history.