Bust of Kenneth E. Behring Commissioned by the Smithsonian

Wheelchair Foundation - Behring
Kenneth E. Behring
Smithsonian - Ken Behring

Ken Behring’s life is literally a Horatio Alger story; in fact, he is recipient of the Horatio Alger Award For Overcoming Adversity to Achieve Success from the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.  Born to a hardscrabble life, through hard work and vision he became a successful car dealer, and then a successful developer in Florida, California, and now in China.  An avid classic car collector, he established the Blackhawk Museum in Danville CA.  Also in Danville is world headquarters for the Wheelchair Foundation, which has distributed, at no charge, over 865,000 wheelchairs globally since 2000.

Ken’s philanthropy includes major gifts to the Smithsonian Institution, the American Museum of Natural History, and the National Museum of American History, the naming of which now includes Kenneth E. Behring Center.  He is also sponsor of the The Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest. The contest is named for Mr. Behring in recognition of his support of NHD. His bust at the museum, which captures his ebullient smile, recognizes him as Businessman, Patriot, and Philanthropist.

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