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Worcester Art Museum Gifted $10 Million

The Worcester Art Museum (WAM) in Massachusetts announced today that it has received a $10 million donation from the C. Jean and Myles McDonough Charitable Foundation—the largest gift in its 123-year history. The foundation also gave the institution a $4 million endowment gift in 2015. Museum director Matthias Waschek told the Boston Globe that Jean and Myles McDonough have generously supported WAM as well as other cultural organizations in the city since they moved to Worcester in 1960.

“On behalf of the Worcester Art Museum, I would like to thank the McDonough family—and Jean in particular—for this exceptional gift, which benefits both the museum, and the community we serve,” said Waschek. “It reflects Jean’s lifelong devotion to the museum, which she describes as her second home. For years, she served as a forward-thinking trustee and as a docent extraordinaire, who introduced thousands of school children to the museum collection, and we are tremendously grateful for her past engagement.”

Commenting on the gift, Jean’s son, Neil McDonough, said: “The Worcester Art Museum is a tremendous resource for culture and education for people throughout New England, and an institution greatly deserving all of our support.” Lisa McDonough, a trustee and Jean’s daughter-in-law, added: “We hope that by making this commitment, other members of our community will also step forward to ensure that WAM continues to thrive.”

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