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LABJ Insider: October 24

More MacKenzie Money

Megadonor MacKenzie Scott swept through town again last week, dropping off millions of dollars to good causes. This time she gave $4.9 million to the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.

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“We are deeply grateful to MacKenzie Scott for this extraordinary gift, which will help us reach thousands more girls,” said the L.A. council’s chief executive, Theresa Edy Kiene.
It was part of Scott’s $84.5 million gift to the Girl Scouts of the USA and 29 of its 111 local councils. As you might imagine, it was the largest donation from an individual for both the local council and the national group.

Scott’s net worth was estimated at $34 billion after divorcing mogul Jeff Bezos in April 2021. She vowed to donate most of it – and seems bent on doing so quickly. Forbes figured she has given $8.8 billion since July 2020, but that was before several recent gifts. Among her other donations to local recipients: $10 million to the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, $40 million to California State University – Northridge and two Beverly Hills mansions worth $55 million to the California Community Foundation in downtown.

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The Southern California Curling Center has joined the ranks of L.A.’s homeless. At least, the chief of the center, John Dohm, sent an email to supporters saying the center has been evicted from its home in Vernon as a result of a dispute with the landlord.

Apparently it’s a contentious quarrel with Dohm mentioning in his email a “lawsuit against them for their deceitful actions” and said he’d try to be open and answer members’ questions “but please know that there are some things I can’t talk about.”

The website says the center has been closed since Oct. 16. But, Dohm wrote: “My promise to you is that we will curl again on dedicated ice in Southern California at some point.”

The Insider column is compiled by Editor-in-Chief Charles Crumpley. He can be reached at [email protected].

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