BRUNSWICK — L.L. Bean’s board has approved donations of $125,000 apiece to the Preble Street Resource Center and to a scholarship fund created this year in the name of the company’s late leader, Leon Gorman.

The announcement was made Thursday as Southern Maine Community College dedicated a new building, the L.L. Bean Learning Commons and Health Science Center in Brunswick. The outdoors retailer donated $700,000 to support equipment and technology and for landscaping at the campus at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.

Company Chairman Shawn Gorman announced the additional contributions in Leon Gorman’s name.

Leon Gorman volunteered for years serving breakfast to the homeless at the Preble Street Resource Center, and the Leon A. Gorman Endowed Scholarship helps those who couldn’t otherwise go to college. Gorman, grandson of L.L. Bean, died last month at 80.


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