The Post-Journal of Jamestown reports (http://bit.ly/1BqQNBt ) officials in the village of Celoron announced this week that Ernie Boch Jr. of Norwood, near Boston, had donated the funds to purchase a new statue.
Boch, president and CEO of Subaru of New England, said he made the donation because he loved Lucille Ball and is a big fan of her 1950s television show, "I Love Lucy."
The life-size bronze in Lucille Ball Memorial Park drew international attention last month when a Facebook posting called for replacing what has been dubbed "Scary Lucy" because its face bears little resemblance to the star.
The village board has agreed to give the statue to the National Comedy Center in neighbouring Jamestown.
Information from: The Post-Journal, http://www.post-journal.com