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October 10, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The 2009 Tony Awards will include a new honor: the Isabelle Stevenson Award, to be given to a member of the theater community for philanthropic efforts. The award, named after the former president of the American Theatre Wing, will go to a person "who has made a substantial contribution or volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations."
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September 28, 2008 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
Paul Newman, the legendary movie star and irreverent cultural icon who created a model philanthropy fueled by profits from a salad dressing that became nearly as famous as he was, has died. He was 83. Newman died Friday at his home near Westport, Conn., after a long battle with cancer, publicist Jeff Sanderson said. Stunningly handsome, Newman maintained his superstar status while keeping his distance from its corrupting influences through nearly 100 Broadway, television and movie roles.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are giving back to the country where their 3-year-old daughter, Zahara, was born. The couple has donated $2 million to help fight HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in Ethiopia, said the Global Health Committee, which announced the donation by the Jolie-Pitt Foundation. The organization will use the money to build a center in the capital city of Addis Ababa for children affected by the disease and to establish a program to treat tuberculosis in children and adults.
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June 24, 2008 | Mike Boehm
William Barron Hilton, the 80-year-old grandfather of Paris Hilton, made a $1.2-billion charitable pledge last year, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reported Monday, putting him at the head of its annual list of America's top 50 charitable donors. The co-chair of Beverly Hills-based Hilton Hotels Corp. will do his giving through the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, named for his father and dedicated to combating blindness, funding water projects in developing countries, housing America's homeless and reducing drug abuse among the young.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2008 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
For years, the boxy office building housing the Chinese Consulate on Shatto Place in Koreatown maintained a low profile. Its only major brush with the news came nearly two decades ago after the Tiananmen crackdown prompted Chinese Americans to hold protests there. But after this month's deadly Sichuan earthquake, the consulate has emerged as an unlikely galvanizing force for Southern California's thriving ethnic Chinese community.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
A proposal by Gap Inc. founder Donald Fisher's to build a contemporary art museum in San Francisco's Presidio park moved a step forward after the governing Presidio Trust agreed to enter negotiations on the project. Fisher first proposed the museum in August and announced this week that he would begin talks with the trust over lease terms and other issues. Fisher and his wife, Doris, began collecting contemporary art in 1969 and have assembled more than 1,000 works by names. The $100-million Contemporary Art Museum in the Presidio would include 55,000 square feet of gallery space to display Fisher's collection -- including works by Andy Warhol, Richard Serra, Chuck Close, Willem de Kooning and Roy Lichtenstein -- and special exhibitions.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Google Inc.'s philanthropic arm announced $25 million in grants and investments to help fight disease, improve global health and security and develop plans to combat climate change. The investments are the first of many that Google.org will pursue in the next five to 10 years, the Mountain View, Calif., company said. Among the grants was were $10 million to ESolar Inc., a solar-power company in Pasadena, and $5 million to the Innovative Support to Emergencies, Diseases and Disasters effort.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Denzel Washington is donating $1 million to Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, to re-establish its debate team. Washington was in Marshall last week to screen "The Great Debaters," the story of Wiley's 1930s debate team. He directed the film, opening Christmas Day, and stars as educator and poet Melvin Tolson, who led the all-black college's elite debate squad. During his appearance, the 52-year-old actor-director said he would like to see the team get going again.
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December 12, 2007 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
In a single stroke of philanthropy, two scrupulously private L.A. art collectors have transformed the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's holdings of modern art. Janice and Henri Lazarof have given the museum 130 works by major artists, LACMA officials said this week. The gift includes 20 works by Pablo Picasso spanning 65 years, seven figurative sculptures and a painting by Alberto Giacometti, and two versions of Constantin Brancusi's signature bronze, "Bird in Space."
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December 5, 2007 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Robert O. Anderson, a legendary wildcatter and philanthropist who founded Atlantic Richfield Oil Co. and used his clout to support an array of major cultural organizations, from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to Harper's magazine, died Sunday at his home in Roswell, N.M. He was 90. His death was confirmed by Amy Wohlert, interim dean of the University of New Mexico's Anderson School of Management, which was named after the former Arco chairman and longtime New Mexico resident.
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