Amazon Donates $10 Million To Mohai

JEFF BEZOS DONATES $10 MILLION TO CREATE “CENTER FOR INNOVATION” AT NEW MOHAI MUSEUM IN SOUTH LAKE UNION
Bezos contribution – the largest in MOHAI’s 59-year history – to help teach young people about the importance of industrial innovation and to celebrate Seattle as the birthplace of so many innovative companies

SEATTLE—August 17, 2011—The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) today announced that it has received a generous gift of $10 million from Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive officer of Seattle-based Amazon.com. The grant will be used to establish the “Center for Innovation” at the new MOHAI opening in late fall of 2012 in the historic Naval Reserve Building (Armory) at Lake Union Park, a few blocks from the new Amazon.com campus in the South Lake Union neighborhood.  Bezos’ contribution to MOHAI is the largest in the museum’s 59-year history.

“Look at the disproportionate number of extraordinary organizations founded in Seattle – Microsoft, Costco, Boeing, Fred Hutch, PACCAR—even UPS was founded here.  These companies and their innovations have had a big impact on Seattle, the country, and the world,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO.  “There’s something about Seattle that has made it an unusually good place to innovate, and the MOHAI Center for Innovation will help Seattle continue on that course by showcasing and teaching how industrial innovation can play an important role in human advancement. New treatments, affordable flight, a computer on every desk — the core activities of these Seattle organizations have created benefit for people at home and around the world.”

“We are deeply grateful for the support and inspiration from Jeff Bezos to open the new MOHAI Center for Innovation,” said Leonard Garfield, Executive Director of the Museum of History & Industry.  “Jeff is one of the leading visionaries and inventors of our time, and we are fortunate to have him in our own backyard, helping continue Seattle’s renown for large-scale innovation.  This new initiative is perfectly aligned with the Museum of History & Industry’s mission and we look forward to telling the story of how Seattle companies have played a role in human advancement and to educating thousands of young people and adults alike in the years to come on the past, present, and future of innovation in Seattle.”

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