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March 25, 2015

Shipyard Executive Gives $20 Million to National WWII Museum

The National World War II Museum in New Orleans has received a $20-million gift from businessman Donald “Boysie” Bollinger and his wife, Joy, writes The Times-Picayune.  Half of the donation will underwrite the Canopy of Peace, a triangular steel-and-fiberglass construction to be erected over the multi-building museum campus in the city’s Warehouse District, scheduled to be completed in 2017.

Mr. Bollinger is the former chairman and chief executive of Bollinger Shipyards, a family firm that was sold in December. The donation also includes $4 million for the museum’s endowment and $6 million for naming rights to its Stage Door Canteen performance venue, now called BB’s Stage Door Canteen after Mr. Bollinger’s nickname among his grandchildren.