A $50,000 gift was donated to the UT Medical School from the Will Rogers
Through movie theater fund-raising events and corporate donations of Regal
Cinemas and other motion picture exhibitors nationwide, the funding for the
Will Rogers Institute raised more than two million dollars.
The portion of that money donated to the UT Medical School was accepted by
Dr. John Griffin, chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care
Medicine at the College of Medicine, in a ceremony held at Regal Cinemas'
"We appreciate the generosity of this donation," Griffin said.
Also present at the the ceremony was Regal Cinema CEO Michael Campbell who
said he was pleased to further the campaign for better health.
"We have pledged our ongoing support to this continuing research effort
and we're happy to have UT Medical School as a partner," Campbell
Funding for the Will Rogers Institute is raised each summer in major
campaigns sponsored by both film distributors and movie exhibitors. The
Institute was founded in 1936 to treat people in the entertainment industry
Wayne Lewellen, President of Distribution for Paramount Pictures; and Erik
Lomis, Senior Executive Vice President of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, are
traveling across the country this summer to present major gifts from the
Will Rogers Institute to prestigious pulmonary hospitals.
So far, the Institute's research and education programs have helped
millions of people worldwide. Such education programs are used to fight
tuberculosis, asthma, and other pulmonary diseases. Proceeds generated by
the annual summer campaigns are earmarked for research hospitals and
fellowships in the field of pulmonary medicine.
UT Medical School receives donation
Published: Wed Sep 01, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:04 p.m.