A Surprise Donation to the Arts

Recently, I learned of Dorothy K. Merrill  who left quite the surprise for the folks in her St. Paul Minnesota community of Woodbury.  Not known to be particulary interested in the arts, Dorothy surprisingly became a significant donor  (to the tune of $2 million ) toward the building of a community arts center in Woodbury.  Dorothy, who passed away in 2009, was reported to be both frugal and a savy investor. These twin attributes set her apart from her peers.

Dorothy who was known to be a master seamstress, accomplished baker and skilled card player in her lifetime can now have  philanthropist added to that list of accomplishments.  And we have the privilege of adding another well-rounded, interesting and giving person to our Surprise Millionaire family.

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Hip To Be Square!

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We have often spoke of the surprise many people have upon finding out that a quiet unassuming friend or neighbor has amassed a fortune.  But what a double shock it would be to find out that those same quiet unassuming people were not only millionaires but also well-known insiders in the hip and avant garde New York City art world!

That’s right, Art was the investment vehicle they used to make millions while also giving them an amazing social life along the way.  And this from a man who never earned more than $23,000 a year!

Take a tour of the Vogel Collection and learn about the amazing lives of Herbert and Dorothy Vogel.