Jack White revealed as Detroit Masonic Temple donor, venue renamed
Jack White donates $142,000 to help Detroit Masonic Temple pay off back taxes to city
DETROIT – The Detroit Masonic Temple has been able to pay off its back tax bill to the city of Detroit thanks to musician Jack White.
White, best known for his band The White Stripes, donated the entire outstanding balance of $142,000. He had stayed anonymous until Tuesday.
White has not only performed on stage on several occasions at the Temple but also grew up there while his mother was employed as an usher.
"Jack's donation could not have come at a better time and we are eternally grateful to him for it. Jack's magnanimous generosity and unflinching loyalty to this historic building and his Detroit roots is appreciated beyond words," said Roger Sobran, the Temple's association president, in a news release.
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