2002 ""A Tribute to Caring"" Fundraiser Earns More than $600,000 for Western University
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.