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Donors

The Huntington recognizes the contribution of every one of its donors. Here they share their special stories of how The Huntington touches their lives and inspires them to support the institution.

  • Shirley and Juanda Scoggins

    Shirley and Juanda Scoggins

    Sisters Shirley and Juanda Scoggins have been Supporting Members since 2017 and share what they find special about The Huntington.

  • Carolyn Chu

    Carolyn Chu

    Huntington Member Carolyn Chu shares how she finds inspiration at The Huntington.

  • Claire and Brian Goldsmith

    Claire and Brian Goldsmith

    Claire and Brian Goldsmith share what they find special about The Huntington after they joined in 2021 as Patron Members.

  • Sarah and PJ Joshi

    The Joshi Family in the Desert Garden

    Sarah and PJ Joshi have been Supporting Members since 2009 and share what they find special about The Huntington.

  • Celebrating the Successors

    Mr. and Mrs. Chen in front of the Hunting Successors Wall

    On May 20, 2021, Successor donors had an opportunity to view the newly updated Successors Donor Wall and stroll the gardens after hours.

  • Alma and Mark Banuelos

    Alma and Mark Banuelos

    Alma and Mark Banuelos discuss their love of the institution's awe-inspiring collections, programs, and gardens and how The Huntington’s mission aligns with their values.

  • Close to the Heart

    Dr. W. Bruce Fye reading

    After 50 years of collecting, Dr. W. Bruce Fye has donated his cardiology library of more than 2,700 books and rich collection of scarce secondary literature on the history of cardiology to The Huntington.

  • Joy and Matthew Lin

    Joy and Matthew Lin

    Joy and Matthew Lin, longtime residents of San Marino, provided a gift of $3 million for the Flowery Brush Studio, a complex of two buildings for the display of Chinese art.

  • Terri and Jerry Kohl

    Jerry and Terri Kohl

    Local philanthropists and Huntington neighbors Terri and Jerry Kohl provide a generous gift of $2 million for the Rose Garden Tea Room renovation project.

  • Ricki and Joel Robinson

    Ricki and Joel Robinson

    Accommodations for nursing mothers and caregivers made possible by generous funding from Ricki and Joel Robinson, members of the Society of Fellows.

  • Toshie Mosher

    A new rose hybrid was given its name by donor Toshie Mosher, who purchased the naming rights through a generous donation to The Huntington's "Sharing the Love" fundraising campaign.

  • Kim and Tony Cookson

    Kim and Tony Cookson

    Longtime member Tony Cookson tells of his unforgettable Huntington memories and what inspires him to donate.

  • Barbara Motin

    Barbara Motin

    For Barbara Motin, it was a guest pass that opened her eyes and heart to The Huntington.

  • Frank and Toshie Mosher

    Frank and Toshie Mosher

    Frank and Toshie Mosher create an endowment to enhance cultural programming in the Japanese Garden.

  • Evelyn Waugh, Revisited

    Multiple works by Evelyn Waugh

    In December 2013, The Huntington acquired an extensive collection of rare books and manuscripts by Evelyn Waugh (1903–1966).

  • Sonia and Monica Narang

    Sonia and Monica Narang

    Sisters Sonia and Monica Narang both travel the world for their careers, but they consider The Huntington their "home away from home."

  • June and Simon Li

    June and Simon Li

    A $2 million gift from June and Simon Li of Pasadena will make possible the Star Gazing Tower, a new pavilion perched atop a ridge along the southwest side of the garden.

  • Todd Rugee

    Todd Rugee and his sister at The Huntington

    Longtime member Todd Rugee recounts how his childhood visits to The Huntington with his “Grammy” fostered a lifelong love of the institution and even set him on his career path.

  • Stan Shayer and Jeffrey Romano

    Stan Shayer and Jeffrey Romano

    Longtime members Stan Shayer and Jeffrey Romano discuss their love of the institution’s awe-inspiring collections, programs, and gardens, and how their values align with the institution’s mission.

  • Mark H.L. Chen and Chun-Mei Chen

    Mark H.L. Chen and Chun-Mei Chen

    More than two decades ago, Mark Chen was introduced to Jim Folsom, the Marge and Sherm Telleen/Marion and Earle Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens. Since that meeting, a friendship has bloomed—and a garden has been built.

  • See Leong Papers: A Chinese American Family's History

    Leslee See Leong

    This spring, The Huntington acquired the papers of Gilbert, Florence, and Leslee See Leong, members of two of the earliest and most prominent Chinese American families in Los Angeles: the Leong and See families.

  • Capstone Gift Celebrates Decades of Involvement

    Sherm and Marge Telleen

    Sherm and Marge Telleen honors Jim Folsom’s years of service and many accomplishments by providing a generous gift.

  • Brody Botanical Center Dedicated

    Brody family

    The Huntington formally dedicated the Frances Lasker Brody Botanical Center in October 2009.

  • Supporting Medieval Scholarship

    Ken and Erika Riley meet with Cosima Gillhammer

    Erika and Ken Riley share a special interest in medieval history.