April 29, 2002
MEDIA CONTACT: Vanessa Wasta
Big Gift, Big Names, Big Celebration
Johns Hopkins Dedicates Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
*Please note, Mr. Kimmel will be available for interviews.
On May 4, 2002, Johns Hopkins hosts a celebration honoring the largest benefactor in its history, Sidney Kimmel for his gift of $150 million to be used for cancer research, patient care, and a new patient and family pavilion. Mr. Kimmel, who earned his billion-dollar fortune as chairman and founder of the Jones Apparel Group, pledged to devote it to finding a cure for cancer.
The historic gift, announced in November, will be marked at a 2 p.m. ceremony in the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building to officially name the cancer center as the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. Among those on hand to pay tribute to Mr. Kimmel and his commitment to cancer research and patient care will be:
Prior to Mr. Kimmel's donation, Michael Bloomberg, the event's master of ceremonies, ranked as the leading Hopkins benefactor for his 1998, $100 million gift to the University. "Some have asked me how it feels having my gift surpassed by Sidney Kimmel. I can sum it up in one word: wonderful," says Bloomberg. "This donation is wonderful for Johns Hopkins, for Maryland, and for the battle against cancer everywhere. No one, to our knowledge, has made a donation on this scale to combat a disease. Sidney Kimmel is not only helping to lead the fight against cancer, he also is raising the bar, challenging each and every one of us to do more." In addition to his gift to Johns Hopkins, Mr. Kimmel has donated millions to other cancer programs throughout the nation.
The dedication ceremony is preceded by a Cancer Survivors Day celebration. Parking is available in the Weinberg Building garage and the 550 Building lot. Contact Valerie Mehl at (443) 375-1991 or Vanessa Wasta at (410) 955-1287 for more information.