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Anonymous millionaire shares the wealth in Lincoln

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By: Jenn Schanz

Mayor of Milford Dean Bruha got a the surprise of a lifetime in early January.

"My clerk called me and said you need to come down here and read this letter that just came in the mail. My jaw just kind of dropped."

That's because the letter was from Union Bank, telling him the city of Milford was going be to $7 million richer.

The donation came from an anonymous donor, but Bruha says he suspects it's someone close to the Milford community.

The money will be split up amongst several groups in the city. Like the mayor, the people of Milford are thankful, and a little dumbfounded.

"I thought it was nice, very generous," says Frosty Adams of Milford. 

But no one's speculating where the money came from.

"If he wants to say anonymous then that's good, that's his choice," Adams says. 

Wherever it came from, there's even more of it. The generous donor isn't done giving yet.

He's more than tripling his donation to Milford right here in Lincoln; he's giving around $26 million to more than 30 charitable organizations.

The Salvation Army found out Friday it was getting a million dollars, City Impact is also getting some money, but they wouldn't say how much.

"We're just totally blessed. So, we were excited and I think everybody in the office was thrilled," says Executive Director of City Impact Brad Bryan. 

He also found out about the gift Friday. He says City Impact is planning to use most of the money on their new community center.

Like the people of Milford, Union Bank and Trust isn't giving anything away as to who's behind this big act of generosity. 

It looks like for now, we'll just have to keep guessing. 

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