October 17, 2017

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The Los Angeles Mission has announced that its 7th Annual Legacy of Vision Gala will honor multiple award-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.  (She has won the Academy Award, the SAG Award, a BAFTA, the Tony Award and numerous other acting accolades.)  Jones will be honored with Anne Douglas's namesake Award at the November 9th gala.  (Ticket/Sponsorship information here.)

Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio will receive the Legacy of Vision Award at the Mission's gala.  He is the owner of the popular new restaurant ink.well.

The gala event will be hosted by Michaela Pereira, Anchor and host of the daily program "Michaela" on HLN.  Music will be provided by country music star Adam Craig.

The Anne Douglas Award is given each year to the person who has made significant contributions to the community.  The award is named for Mrs. Douglas, the benefactor of the Los Angeles Mission's Anne Douglas Center for Women and the wife of actor Kirk Douglas.

The event is scheduled to take place at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.  Information and tickets are available by calling the Mission at 213-629-1227, ext. 325.

Sponsors for the event included the Johnny Carson Foundation, the Goldwin Foundation, American Airlines, City National Bank, Go Country 105, the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities, Resource One and Shapiro West Productions.

For more than 80 years, the Los Angeles Mission has served homeless and hurting men and women of downtown Los Angeles, providing emergency services such as shelter, food and clothing.  In addition, the Los Angeles Mission also offers long-term residential rehabilitation programs, including education, job training, transitional housing and counseling.

Go to www.losangelesmission.org for more information about the Los Angeles Mission.

--WPTZ.com February 25,2016

CANTON, N.Y. —Kirk and Anne Douglas will give $2 million to St. Lawrence University to support a scholarship program and residence hall, university officials said Thursday.

One million dollars will be put toward maintaining Kirk Douglas Hall, a housing center holding 155 beds.

A second $1 million gift will go to the Kirk Douglas Scholarship fund.

University officials said the scholarship is awarded to students who are underrepresented on campus and come from low-income backgrounds. Awardees are chosen for leadership, ambition and interest in improving diversity.

“We are immensely grateful for Kirk and Anne's continued commitment to St. Lawrence,” university President William L. Fox said. “This most recent gift will increase access for cohorts of deserving young scholars and enrich the St. Lawrence experience for many more students. ”

Recipients of the scholarship receive a full tuition waiver, including the cost of textbooks, and a guaranteed professional development opportunity. Those opportunities include internships and fellowships.

The couple has donated $7 million to the university since 2012.

Kirk Douglas, 99, is a film icon and author. He graduated from St. Lawrence University with a degree in English and was awarded with an honorary degree. He is the father of actor Michael Douglas.

St. Lawrence University President William L. Fox, and his wife Lynn, provided a photo with Kirk and Anne Douglas.

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Actor Kirk Douglas and his wife, Anne, pledged another $5 million to the Los Angeles Mission’s women’s center, boosting their support of the mission to $15 million over the last three years, officials said Thursday.

“Anne and Kirk Douglas are the gold standard for giving to the mission and our L.A. community,” Los Angeles Mission President Herb Smith said. “They are doers and role models of service for us all. They have been very involved in every aspect of the Anne Douglas Center and the center’s substantial work to help desperate women who are out of options.”

Anne Douglas announced the donation during the mission’s Legacy of Vision Gala Tuesday night.

 “We always say, ‘Caring is sharing,’” Anne Douglas said. “You really only own what you give away. It sounds like a contradiction, but it really is true. Our joy comes from what we have given away. To see women’s lives turned completely around means everything to us.”

 A $35 million care center to be named after screen legend Kirk Douglas will be built at the Motion Picture Television Fund campus in Woodland Hills to help Hollywood industry members struggling with Alzheimer’s disease.

Construction on the two story Kirk Douglas Care Pavilion will begin next year and will include a garden for 80 industry members struggling with Alzheimer’s as well as those with long-term skilled nursing care needs.

Douglas, who turned 99 on Wednesday, and his wife have donated $15 million toward the project.

“We are grateful to Kirk and Anne for making this leadership gift of $15 million,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of the MPTF Foundation in a statement. “It will kick the design and planning of this incredible new facility into high gear.”

Douglas wanted to formally donate the funds on his birthday, Katzenberg said.

“With their recent commitment to MPTF, Kirk and Anne Douglas are some of the largest donors in the history of MPTF giving, with over $40 million of lifetime philanthropy,” Katzenberg said. “We will never be able to thank them enough for all that they have done.”

The pavilion will allow the Motion Picture Television Fund to expand its services and will house Harry’s Haven, an Alzheimer’s unit that was created by the Douglas family in 1992.

“Kirk was visionary when in 1992 he recognized the implications of dealing with Alzheimer’s not only for those directly impacted but for their family members as well,” Bob Beitcher, MPTF President and CEO, said in a statement. “MPTF is honored to be a part of the legacy of caring for our own that Kirk Douglas embodies by his words and his actions.”

The nonprofit Motion Picture & Television Fund was founded in 1921 by movie pioneers Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith. The intention was to provide services to members and family within the film industry. The group has operated several outpatient health centers throughout greater Los Angeles, a children’s center, a retirement community and health plans.

In a statement, Douglas said he and his wife Anne created Harry’s Haven because they wanted to help families in the entertainment community struggling to care for their loved ones with Alzheimer’s.

“What MPTF has done at Harry’s Haven over the past 25 years never ceases to amaze me,” Douglas said in the statement. “We wanted visitors as well as patients to experience a warm and loving environment, and MPTF has fulfilled our wishes admirably.

“When Jeffrey Katzenberg explained the urgency of enlarging the current facility to accommodate more patients, we had to say yes! Jeffrey knows it is our philosophy to provide funding where it is needed most. The Kirk Douglas Care Pavilion is going to help a lot of families in our community.”

--by Scott Feinberg  Hollywood Reporter  August 20, 2015

The iconic actor and his wife of 61 years have amassed an $80 million fortune, and now they are planning to give back to a range of causes, from Children's Hospital Los Angeles and the Anne Douglas Center for Women to their biggest passion, the Motion Picture & Television Fund

Kirk Douglas, 98, has come a long way from his Russian immigrant parents' house near the railroad tracks in Amsterdam, New York. Sitting in his Beverly Hills home with Anne, his wife of 61 years, the legendary actor recalls of his youth, "Sometimes we didn't have enough to eat, but very often there would be a knock at the door and it would be a hobo wanting food, and my mother always gave them something. My mother said to me, 'You must take care of other people.' That stayed with me.'"

Movie stars in Kirk's heyday didn't get paid the kind of money they do today, but Kirk still became a very wealthy man. In 1955, he formed a production company so that he could make movies outside of the studio system — a new concept back then — and Anne took charge of its bookkeeping. (The company's "big moneymakers," she recalls, were 1958's The Vikings and 1960's Spartacus.) "My wife is very smart," says Kirk. "Fifty years ago she set up a trust, and it's been growing ever since. So recently [in 2012] I said, 'How much money do we have in that?' And she said, '$80 million.' I said, 'What?!' Anne recalls Kirk's next remark, 'I want to give it away.' And that's exactly what's happening."  

 The Douglas' biggest contributions, though, have been to the Motion Picture & Television Fund. In the early 1990s, they raised $2 million to build Harry's Haven (named after Kirk's father), a specialized unit for people suffering from Alzheimer's and related forms of dementia, on the Woodland Hills campus. In 2012, they donated an additional $20 million to the MPTF. Then, a year ago, after learning that Harry's Haven was becoming overcrowded, they pledged an additional $15 million for an expansion. Ground will be broken for the Kirk Douglas Care Pavilion, a new two-floor building attached to Harry's Haven, around the time of Kirk's 99th birthday in December. Anne laughs, "When [MPTF Foundation chairman]  Jeffrey Katzenberg comes to say 'Hello,' you say, 'How much?'"