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Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. Contributes $6 Million to MPTF

October 16, 2014 | By

The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation has donated $6 million to the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) to establish The Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. Center for Behavioral Health on MPTF’s Woodland Hills campus and to bolster the endowment fund at the Samuel Goldwyn Foundation Children’s Center in West Los Angeles. The Goldwyn family is the single largest donor in MPTF’s 93-year history, having contributed in excess of $55 million to the organization.

“What is amazing to me is not just the legacy of extraordinary generosity from Sam and his family,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, chairman of the MPTF Foundation, “but the impact their giving has had on so many people in our industry. This new gift to the MPTF Campaign not only funds a new 12-bed behavioral health unit on our campus, but also ensures the Children’s Center will continue to thrive in the years ahead.”

In 1932 the then-called Motion Picture Relief Fund (now MPTF) could not afford a staff, so volunteers like Samuel Goldwyn, Sr. spent hours in the fund’s offices interviewing applicants seeking assistance.

“Years later, Sam Jr. and the Goldwyn family continue this wonderful legacy of supporting the needs of the entertainment community,” said MPTF president and CEO Bob Beitcher. “With this new gift, MPTF is now positioned to address a significant and emerging need for industry workers over 55 years old who are struggling with depression and other behavioral health issues.”

The 12-bed Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. Center for Behavioral Health will be affiliated with UCLA Health and will feature an interdisciplinary treatment team using a holistic approach to behavioral management for patients over 55 years old. Dr. Pauline Wu, a UCLA Health Services clinical instructor, will be the center’s medical director. She will work closely with UCLA’s Dr. Thomas Strouse and Dr. Gary Small, both leaders in the field of behavioral health in seniors.

The Goldwyn Foundation gift is part of the $350 million MPTF Campaign, which was launched in February 2012 to support the charitable programs and services provided to the entertainment industry community. The MPTF Campaign chaired by Jeffrey Katzenberg and George Clooney has now raised $325 million in commitments to date.

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