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County Leaders Praise Jerry Perenchio for $500-Million LACMA Gift

originally posted on: Los Angeles Times by David Ng
November 6, 2014

Bel-Air billionaire Jerry Perenchio made a rare appearance at a news conference Thursday morning, when Los Angeles County Museum of Art leaders and county officials praised the 83-year-old retired entertainment mogul for donating his art collection to the museum.

Perenchio thanked the county Board of Supervisors for its 5-0 vote Wednesday to approve initial funding of the museum’s new building, which is planned for 2023.

“They should send all of you to Washington,” Perenchio joked during his speech on the museum campus.

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Photo: A. Jerrold Perenchio, center, is flanked by L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, left, LACMA trustee Lynda Resnick, LACMA Director Michael Govan and LACMA board co-chair Andrew Gordon after the official announcement Thursday of Perenchio’s bequest to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (Christina House / For The Times)

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