Inventor of UV coating on sunglasses donated $100 million to University of Florida Scripps Biomedical Research


An overview of notable donations compiled by the The Chronicle:

University of Florida Scripps Biomedical Research

Herbert and Nicole Wertheim gave $100 million through their Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Family Foundation to support a $1 billion effort to expand biomedical and translational research, endow five chairs, train young science and improve patient health outcomes and experiences. The donation will also support the development of more than 100 acres of land in Palm Beach County that will be named the Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation & Technology.

Wertheim is a billionaire ophthalmologist who founded Brain Power, a manufacturer of eye care instruments. He is credited with being the first to discover and produce ultraviolet light absorbers for spectacle lenses that help people avoid cataracts, retinal damage and other eye diseases. He studied electrical and computer engineering in college and serves on the board of Scripps Research.

The Wertheims have given extensively to a number of universities over the years and were included on the 2015 Philanthropy 50 list of top donors. They gave the University of Florida $50 million that year for a new engineering building and to support collaboration between the University of Florida and Florida International University.

Fred Hutch Cancer Center

Jackie and Mike Bezos have given $710 million through their Bezos Family Foundation to support 36 new research labs, the construction of a large research facility, as well as clinical trial infrastructure and research in immunotherapy over the next 10 years. The cancer center was formerly known as Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. In April, it merged with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and its name was shortened to the less formal Fred Hutch Cancer Center earlier this month as part of a rebranding effort.

Jackie Bezos is the mother of Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon. She created the Bezos Scholars program at the Aspen Institute, the Aspen Challenge, and Students Rebuild, all of which are educational programs for different age groups. Mike Bezos, Jeff Bezos’ stepfather, spent 32 years working as an engineer and manager at oil and gas giant Exxon Mobil. The Bezos family had previously given the cancer center nearly $68 million since 2009.

University of California at Davis

Lynda and Stewart Resnick have pledged $50 million to create the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Center for Agricultural Innovation, an effort to find new ways to balance food production with sustainability practices and to advance agricultural practices. agricultural industry. Due to be completed by 2026, the center will house classrooms, research and laboratory space, as well as career support and student counseling services.

The Resnicks have dedicated $10 million to launch the Resnick Agricultural Innovation Research Fund, which will award annual research grants that foster collaboration between research professors, agricultural producers, food companies, pharmaceutical companies, marketing boards and others.

The Resnicks own the Wonderful Company, which makes Fiji Water, Pom Wonderful, and Wonderful Pistachios, among other foods and beverages. Stewart Resnick serves on the Chancellor’s Advisory Council at UC Davis. The couple have given much to support education, agriculture, arts and culture and other causes over the years. They appeared on the The Chronicle’s the annual Philanthropy 50 list of top donors four times since 2008.

Massachusetts General Hospital

Robert Kraft has donated $50 million through his Kraft Family Foundation to establish and endow the Robert K. Kraft Endowed Chair in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, to be held by the center’s medical director. full hospital sickle cell treatment.

One of the goals of the new chair will be to strengthen and expand research on sickle cell disease, a serious genetic blood disease that primarily affects African Americans, Latinos of Caribbean descent, and people of middle-income descent. eastern or Indian subcontinent. It has been historically underfunded for decades. The donation will also endow the Kraft Center for Community Health and support the expansion of the Mass General Blood Donor Center.

Kraft founded and directs the Kraft Group, a holding company in Foxborough, Mass., which invests in paper and packaging, sports and entertainment, and real estate development. He has owned the New England Patriots football team since 1994, and in 1996 he founded the New England Revolution, a professional football team.

University of Miami

John Metz and Ali Khan have pledged $46 million to support scholarships for eligible Pell Grant students, those who need financial help the most. The university will receive the donation upon the couple’s death.

John Metz is a retired art collector and employee relations executive who graduated from college in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in business economics. Metz and Khan pledged $5 million to the university in 2007 in honor of Metz’s 50th anniversary together, and the couple established the John Metz and Ali Khan Scholarship Fund in 2019.

Intermountain Health Care

Todd and Andie Pedersen donated $35 million to support health system efforts to create a national health system for children. Officials plan to name one of the sections of Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital, in Lehi, Utah, the Todd and Andie Pedersen Patient Tower.

Todd Pedersen co-founded and serves as president of Vivint Smart Home, a home automation and security company in Provo, Utah, which was acquired by the Blackstone Group for approximately $2 billion in 2012. Pedersen began his career in selling home pest control services. to-door in 1992 and later sold burglar alarms. He then co-founded APX Alarm Security Solutions and changed the name of the company to Alive in 2011. He appeared on the CBS reality show. undercover boss in 2015.

Robert Morris University

Kent Rockwell gave $18 million through his S. Kent Rockwell Foundation to support the university’s business school, which will be renamed the Rockwell School of Business. The donation will also be used to endow the S. Kent Rockwell Fellowship in Entrepreneurship and the S. Kent Rockwell Chair in Entrepreneurship.

Rockwell founded and runs Rockwell Venture Capital, a Pittsburgh-based company that invests in technology companies. He retired as vice chairman of Argon ST, a subsidiary of aerospace giant Boeing Company, in 2008 and previously led technology companies Astrotech International Corporation and SensysTech, and served as group chairman and board member of directors of Rockwell International, the aerospace company founded by his grandfather Willard F. Rockwell from 1973 to 1983.

Broward Health Foundation

Marvin Weiner and Jacqueline Bernstein donated $5.5 million to establish the Jacqueline J. Bernstein and Marvin H. Weiner Imaging Center at Broward Health Imperial Point and to purchase new imaging technology.

Weiner founded MHW Group, a Baltimore company that provides train, truck and refrigerated warehousing supply chain services. He died last month aged 83 just after the couple gave the gift to the organization. He received cancer treatment at Broward Health Imperial Point.

To learn more about other major gifts, check out our regularly updated Donations of $1 Million or More database.

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