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For generations the Mugar family has been committed to giving back to the New England community through their support of multiple annual community events and through generous gifts to area museums, educational institutions, and hospitals. Patriarch Stephen P. Mugar, founder of the Star Market chain of supermarkets and his wife Marian gave generously to many Boston area colleges and universities to support students and facilities. In particular, they wanted to give to schools who supported and attracted students who were less fortunate. Educational institutions receiving family gifts included Colby Sawyer, Boston University for the construction of the Mugar Memorial Library, Boston College, Brandeis University, Northeastern University for its Mugar Life Sciences Building, Suffolk University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Tufts University.

Mr. Mugar also contributed generously to Massachusetts General Hospital and the Armenian Assembly of America.

David Mugar continued the philanthropic work of his parents, and greatly influenced the Boston Community through his civic contributions and events. His creation and support of Boston’s beloved Fourth of July annual concert and fireworks on the Esplanade has entertained crowds for decades. He was passionate about supporting events and projects that were open to all. Since 1988, David and his family have continued to provide sponsorship for Boston’s Annual New Year’s Eve family fireworks show.

David made several gifts in memory of his parents, including funding the construction and operation of the Mugar Omni Theater at the Boston Museum of Science, which opened in 1987. This theater continues to be one of the most powerful educational tools at the museum attracting tens of millions of visitors. David gave significant gifts to the WGBH Educational Foundation, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Massachusetts General Hospital, Cape Cod Hospital, and The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. David also greatly enjoyed quiet “Random Acts of Kindness, which he said are ‘a wonderful way to applaud the human spirit, the small things that happen in society. Or if someone needs a helping hand – if someone needs a break. Basically, recognizing the achievement of mankind in everyday ways. If you’re a good person and you reach out to help someone, to me that’s deserving of support.”

The next generations of the Mugar Family continue in the spirit of family philanthropy by their giving to the greater Boston area to a wide variety of causes and institutions.

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