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Peoria Riverfront Museum gets $1 million donation

A Chicago businessman and his wife announced today that they are donating $1 million to the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

T. Bondurant “Bon” French is the chairman of the Chicago-based private equity firm Adams Street Partners and a Peoria native.

“We believe the Museum is on the rise with a unique multidisciplinary mission that is making a difference for many thousands of people,” Bon French said of the donation, “We also wanted to give back to Peoria and supporting the Museum is one of the ways we could do that.”

Peoria Riverfront Museum President & CEO John Morris says the million-dollar gift is one of the largest of its kind from a former Peorian.

“Lives will be changed because of it,” Morris said in a statement.

The gift will create two funds in honor of French’s parents.

One fund will be named for his father, Taylor French, to support the new Center for American Decoys at the Riverfront Museum, honoring Taylor French’s love of duck hunting and decoy art.

In addition, the museum’s “welcome center” on the lower level will be renamed in honor of his mother, Joan Trenchard French, a Peoria Heights native.

Sheridan Swathwood

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