2019 Hemingway Foundation Gala


"When I dream of an afterlife in heaven, the action always takes place in the Paris Ritz."  Ernest Hemingway

The annual Hemingway Benefit, “Hemingway at the Ritz,” was held at the Oak Park Public Library on Saturday, May 4, 2019. 

We want to thank everyone for joining us in support of our mission and programming; and helping us recognize both our 2019 Hemingway Scholarship and Hemingway Shorts award recipients. We hope you enjoyed the music of world-renowned French Gypsy jazz artist Stephane Wrembel and Alfonso Ponticelli as well as Philip Greene, author, cocktail historian and enthusiast.

The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park (EHFOP) fosters an understanding of the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, with emphasis on his Oak Park origins and impact on world literature. As such, we are dedicated to “thoughtful reading and writing”, offering a wide variety of programs that both nurture and encourage creative writing - for students and persons of all ages.

From our scholarship program, to our global search for exceptional writers through the Hemingway Shorts literary journal, to our writer in residence and other programming – we strive to educate, give, and learn. Our mission is both local and global in reaching a community of readers and authors from all over the world who are brought together by Hemingway’s literary legacy. 

The net event proceeds benefit the Foundation’s mission programs including our Hemingway Foundation Scholarship Fund.


Additional images from the 2019 Gala can be found HERE

Thank you to our corporate sponsors

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The 2018 Hemingway Foundation Gala Highlights can be found HERE