Hugh Hefner, a Playboy magazine founder made a final donation of $900,000 to buy and protect the nearly 140 acres behind the “Hollywood Sign”. To protect and buy the Hollywood Sign from development, donation from various biggest entertainment’s companies and organizations are raised. But Hugh Hufner’s donation help saved the world’s famous Hollywood Sign.

Hugh Heffner Gives $900,000 to Save Hollywood Sign

The Trust for Public Land protection group needed $12.5 million to purchase the land from Chicago investors who planned to use the land for luxury estates on the dramatic peak. Now the land of 138 acres will become a part of Griffith Park. Hugh Hefner gave $900000 to the trust, and $500,000 from The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and philanthropist Aileen Getty were raised.

The TPL President named Will Rogers said “Today, we have the Hollywood ending we hoped for and now Cahuenga Peak will be forever protected by adding it to Griffith Park”. He also added “We want to thank the thousands of donors worldwide who so generously helped us, and we owe a particular thanks to Hugh Hefner, who stepped forward at the end to close the final gap”.

California Government Arnold Schwarzengger said “Of all the iconic landmarks in the world, the Hollywood Sign is truly one of the most recognizable symbols of the California dream and land of opportunity. It called to me when I left Austria and made my way to the U.S., with a few dollars in my pocket and the dream of becoming an actor. I am proud we were able to come together and create a public-private partnership to protect this historic symbol that will continue to welcome dreamers, artists and Austrian bodybuilders for generations to come.”

There are various Hollywood leaders, who donated $3.2 million to contribute for Hollywood Sign including main donations from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, CBS, NBC Universal, the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the Lucasfilm Foundation, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Steven Spielberg, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Time Warner and the Walt Disney Co. Foundation, Creative Artists Agency, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Norman Lear.

My childhood dreams and fantasies came from the movies, and the images created in Hollywood had a major influence on my life and Playboy,” said by Hugh Hefner. “As I’ve said before, the Hollywood sign is Hollywood’s Eiffel Tower and I am pleased to help preserve such an important cultural landmark” he also added.

The Chairman of the Hollywood Sign Trust named Chris Baumgart said “The Sign you see today exists because Hugh Hefner raised the money in 1978 to re-build it. Now, 32 years later, the Sign’s number 1 fan has come forward again with the closing gift to ‘Save the Peak’ and thus the view of Mt. Lee and the Hollywood Sign. It is a view that is recognized around the world as the icon of the entertainment industry and the postcard of the Southern California lifestyle. The Hollywood Sign Trust and admirers from around the world thank Tom LaBonge for believing and not giving up, and Hugh Hefner for carrying our efforts across the finish line.”

Michael Kowalski, chairman and CEO of Tiffany & Co said “I thank Hugh Hefner and Aileen Getty for their critical contributions, along with everyone whose generous spirit moved them to join the campaign to save one of America’s most famous urban spaces”. He also added “The threat to its existence underscores the need for partnerships like ours with TPL who can work together to protect our cultural assets for future generations.”

“The protection of this land is something which will provide an enormous benefit to people in Los Angeles, both now and for generations to come. And it wouldn’t have happened without Gov. Schwarzenegger’s leadership, and with help from TPL. This project has shown a welcome spotlight on the need to protect open lands in Los Angeles” said by Joseph T. Edmiston, Executive Director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.

The Executive Director of the Wildlife Conservation Board named John Donnelly said “The permanent protection of Cahuenga Peak is a significant addition to Griffith Park that will greatly enhance recreation opportunities for visitors and residents of Los Angeles and enhance wildlife corridors throughout the region.”

In the year 1940, the land was initially bought by industrialist Howard Hughes who intended to build a house for his girlfriend Ginger Rogers. But the relationship between them was ended and Hughes died. In 2002, his estate sold the property to Chicago investors. Chicago investors put the property on the market for $22 million two years ago.