THE ICON: Boysie Bollinger
THE LEGACY: In 1946, Boysie Bollinger’s father, Donald George Bollinger, founded the business that became Bollinger Shipyards, the largest vessel-repair firm in the Gulf of Mexico, with 30 dry docks and 10 shipyards stretching from New Orleans to Houston. Boysie Bollinger took over as chairman and CEO in 1985 and sold the family-owned business at the end of 2014. By then he had already served on the boards of myriad civic groups, but after the sale, he became a high-profile philanthropist, with a $20 million gift to the National World War II Museum and a $5 million donation to bring lions back to the Audubon Zoo. His motivation? Simple: To give back to the city that gave him so much — and to encourage others to do the same.
THE ARTIST: Michael McManus
THE INSPIRATION: “I think it’s important to give back. We’ve been blessed with very fortunate resources and we’re able to support a lot of worthy causes and we’re happy to do so.” — Boysie Bollinger, in a 2016 news release from Audubon Nature Institute after he and his wife gave $5 million to bring lions back to the zoo.