Desmond-Fish Library Plans Nov. 17 Benefit Luncheon

Gary Knell to deliver keynote address

The Board of Trustees of the Desmond-Fish Library invites the community to the second annual benefit luncheon and presentation by Gary Knell, CEO of National Geographic Society. Proceeds from the luncheon will support the library and its programs. The luncheon will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, at The Garrison.

Knell is the current CEO of National Geographic Society and the former CEO of National Public Radio and Sesame (formerly Children’s Television) Workshop. Having lived a professional life at the intersection of media, not-for-profits, and governmental involvement in both, Knell has a unique perspective on the evolution of the media in our lives: how the media engages and educates, influences and teaches, funds and is funded.

Knell is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the board of governors of the National Geographic Education Foundation and the boards of trustees of the National Geographic Society; Heidrick & Struggles; Jacob Burns Film Center and Common Sense Media. He is an adviser to the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, and the Military Child Education Coalition.

A Gordon Grand Fellow at Yale University, he has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Duke University, Southern Methodist University, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Puerto Rico.

To purchase tickets visit or call the library at 845-424-3900. The Garrison is located at 1 Snake Hill Road, Garrison.

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