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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Owners of BeauRivage Restaurant Had Transferred Ownership Last Year

•  Longtime Community Members Honored for Funding Pepperdine Fall Musicial and Scholarships

BY BILL KOENEKER

In what may come as a surprise to some in the community, the owners of the BeauRivage restaurant, Daniel and Luciana Forge, did not sell to some area entrepreneurs, but instead transferred ownership of the venerable dining establishment to Pepperdine University last summer.
That information was revealed recently when Pepperdine offici?als honored the couple at a luncheon at the school.
It was announced the Forges are funding a theater scholarship and the school’s fall musical, according to the school’s senior director of public affairs, Jerry Derloshon.
The landmark restaurant was subsequently sold by the school, which is using some of the proceeds to establish the scholarship.
A Pepperdine publication reports that the Forges donated a portion of BeauRivage establishing what is called “a $2.9 million charitable remainder annuity trust with the university.”
Half of the gift to Pepperdine will be used to endow Pepperdine’s annual fall musical performance, permanently named as the Luciana and Daniel Forge Fall Musical.
The other half will establish the Luicana and Daniel Forge Endowed Scholarship for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in musical and dramatic arts at Seaver College.
In the publication and at the luncheon, the history of the Forges was recalled. Daniel was working at Perino’s in the 1950s when he met his bride-to-be, Luciana, in 1956 and the two were married in 1958.
Luciana had been studying music, dance and voice in Europe and the two met when she was finishing up a tour.
In the 1960s, the couple opened L’Auberge on Sunset Blvd. and by the early ’80s were ready to move away from Hollywood and see what they could do with a five-acre piece of land in Malibu.
By 1982, they were ready to show the public what they could do in Malibu and opened BeauRivage.
According to Pepperdine, leaders from the school, who frequented the restaurant, developed a relationship with the Forges that lasted onward. Daniel joined the Crest Advisory Board at the urging of then President David Dav?enport, who was at the helm of the school.
According to Derloshon, Lou Drobnick, Pepperdine Executive Vice Chancellor for Advance?ment and Public Affairs, said “The Luciana and Daniel Forge gift to Pepperine will enhance the fall musical and theatre students’ experience at Pepperdine University in perpetuity. We appreciate the Forges’ generosity toward our students and greatly appreciate their friendship.”
Pepperdine President Andrew Benton was among those who gathered recently to express ap?preciation to the Forges.
          

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