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Anonymous donor to match donations for Newport Beach's Environmental Nature Center up to $3 million

An anonymous donation and fund-matching challenge have pushed Newport Beach’s Environmental Nature Center past the halfway point in its $10 million fund-raising campaign to build a nature preschool.

The center announced a $1 million anonymous donation Wednesday for building their preschool. The donor has also pledged to match any donations to the campaign up to $3 million, said education director Lori Whalen.

The center already purchased a nearby property in late 2012 for the school, and now is raising money for construction of the facility and an endowment for scholarships, said executive director Bo Glover.

After visiting nature centers around the country and seeing their preschool programs, Glover said he knew Newport Beach’s center needed its own program.

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