Goergen honored

Judith Rodin presented Robert B. Goergen with Greenwich Library’s Peterson Business Award.

Judith Rodin presented Robert B. Goergen with Greenwich Library’s Peterson Business Award.

Robert B. Goergen was honored on Feb. 26 as the ninth recipient of Greenwich Library’s Peterson Business Award.

The award was presented at the 2014 Peterson Business Award Dinner, which benefits the Greenwich Library. More than 300 business and community leaders attended the event, which is held every other year and is the library’s only major fund-raiser.

The event netted $650,000 to support the library’s current services and programs, as well as fund new initiatives.

Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation and former president of the University of Pennsylvania, presented this prestigious award to Mr. Goergen, who is the founder and executive chairman of Blyth, Inc. He is the first recipient to have also served as a Greenwich Library trustee.

When presenting the award to Mr. Goergen, Dr. Rodin compared him to John D. Rockefeller, praising the manner in which he has organized his giving like he runs his businesses.

“Bob has not been afraid to give up the good for the great. He sees dynamism where others see chaos.”

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Goergen cited the importance of philanthropy and encouraged the attendees to give locally.

“The diversity of needs in our community allows each of us to focus our talents, energies, and funds on whichever are of the most interest to us, or where we feel we can have the most impact,” Mr. Goergen said.

The Peterson Business Award was established in 1997 by the Greenwich Library and the Peterson Foundation to “recognize and honor an individual whose innovative thinking, leadership, and sustained record of achievement has had a profound impact on the national and global economy, and whose words and deeds have demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and open access to information.”

The Peterson Business Award is named in honor of Clementine Lockwood Peterson, whose 1992 bequest made possible a new 32,000 square-foot wing at the Greenwich Library. Mrs. Peterson’s gift was made in memory of her son, Jonathan, and her husband, J. Whitney Peterson.

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