KC Art Institute Sues over Unfulfilled $5 Million Pledge

Posted: Nov 25, 2012 2:38 PM by Associated Press

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Art Institute has taken a southern California couple to court over an unfulfilled $5 million pledge.

Larry and Kristina Dodge say they're facing hard times and can no longer honor the commitment. The Kansas City Star reports that they still owe $4 million.

Based on the pledge, a $7 million building was constructed on the Kansas City campus, and the Dodges' names are prominent on it.

The art institute pursued them in the California Superior Court of Orange County, winning a judgment. But it is not clear when or if it will ever see the rest of the money.

Kristina Dodge calls the organization "ruthless." She and her husband say they even struggle to pay for child care for their 2-year-old triplets.

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