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2002 ""A Tribute to Caring"" Fundraiser Earns More than $600,000 for Western University

by Rodney Tanaka

November 13, 2002

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Western University of Health Sciences’ “”A Tribute to Caring”” raised

more than $610,000 – the largest amount in the institution’s 25-year

history – at its gala dinner dance at the Beverly Hills Hotel November 9.

The monies will augment the university’s scholarship fund.

The evening of glamour and generosity also served as a celebration of the

institution’s 25th anniversary, with a video showcasing several alumni who

represent the vast array of careers the university’s more than 4,000

graduates have gone on to create for themselves.

The university honored biopharmaceutical executive, inventor and

philanthropist Alfred E. Mann with the Elie Wiesel Humanism in Healing

Award. Named for the internationally renowned Nobel Laureate and Holocaust

survivor, the Wiesel award is the university’s highest honor and is given

to an individual who best represents the philosophy and values of the

university, and who has actively incorporated them toward the betterment

of the human condition.

“”I am honored to receive this most prestigious award from the university,””

said Mann. “”At this stage in my life and career, I am seeking ways to

help improve the lives of others. Professor Wiesel serves as a beacon to

all who strive to make life a little brighter for everyone.””

Marty Becker, DVM, author, educator and media personality, was the first

recipient of the university’s Media Award for the Advancement in Health

and Humanism, given to him for his journalistic integrity and his work to

increase public awareness and aiding advancements in health and humanistic


“”The mass media can be a powerful force for good,”” said Dr. Becker. “”It

has been my privilege through the spoken and written word to shed light

upon the unique bond that exists between human beings and their companion

animals. Thank you for this wonderful honor.””

The evening also honored founding President Philip Pumerantz and his wife,

Harriet, for their dedication and leadership over the past quarter

century. Warren Lawless, chairman of the university’s board of trustees,

announced the board would rename the university’s library the Harriet K.

and Philip Pumerantz Library and Learning Resources Center.

The event also acknowledged members of the university’s charter class, the

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific class of 1982, celebrating

their 20th anniversary of their own graduation this year.

Located in Pomona, 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Western

University of Health Sciences is a private, non-profit institution of

higher learning that offers post-baccalaureate degrees in several health

and medical fields. More than 1,400 students study to become pharmacists,

osteopathic physicians, physical therapists, advanced practice nurses and

physician assistants at four of the university’s colleges. Beginning in

2003, the university will welcome the first class of students to its

College of Veterinary Medicine, the first and only college of veterinary

medicine in Southern California.

For more information on the university and its programs, contact the Media

Relations Department at (909) 469-5389 or vie e-mail at


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