David G. Mugar

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David G. Mugar is an Armenian-American businessman and philanthropist from Belmont, Massachusetts. He is CEO and chairman of Mugar Enterprises. His father, Stephen P. Mugar was the founder of the Star Market supermarket chain, and was also a major Boston-area philanthropist. David Mugar attended the Cambridge School of Weston, and then Babson College.

Mugar is the former Executive Producer of Boston's Fourth of July celebration, which is organized by the Boston 4 Celebrations Foundation[1] (a not-for-profit organization founded by Mugar).

In 2011, Mugar was embroiled in controversy when it was discovered that the CBS National coverage of Boston's Fourth of July celebration included "fake" fireworks clips. Graphics were digitally altered so that during the broadcast, fireworks were seemingly exploding behind famous Boston landmarks, such as Home Plate at Fenway Park, the Massachusetts State House, and Faneuil Hall. A research scientist from Brighton, MA, Karl Clodfelter, and a computer programmer from Ostrander, OH, David Perry, noticed the geographical impossibility of these clips and alerted the Boston Globe. A front page story in the newspaper on July 8, 2011 broke the story to the public.[2]

The Mugar Omni Theater at the Museum of Science, Boston was named after Mugar's parents. David Mugar is also a Museum trustee. Boston University's Mugar Memorial Library, the University's main study and research library, is named after his grandparents.[3]

In 2002, Mugar gave $5,000,000 for a new wing at the Cape Cod Hospital, in Hyannis, Massachusetts.[4]

In 2011, according to the Federal Election Commission, Mugar, donated $250,000 to Restore Our Future, Inc., the Superpac supporting Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.[5]


  1. ^ "About Us". Boston 4 Celebrations Foundation. Archived from the original on 2007-06-14. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  2. ^ James H. Burnett III. "Boston gets a nonreality show". 
  3. ^ http://www.bu.edu/library/about/index.html
  4. ^ Mark Mumford (2002-08-16). "Mugar's munificence making a difference at hospital". Barnstable Patriot. Archived from the original on 2007-08-25. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  5. ^ http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00490045/763780/sa/ALL[permanent dead link]

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