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Danny Thomas stamp unveiled at L.A. gala

January 9, 2012 |  9:50 am


Danny Thomas, the late founder of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, is being honored with a commemorative postage stamp.

The 45-cent Forever stamp was unveiled Saturday at a star-studded gala in Los Angeles that celebrated the hospital's 50th anniversary and Thomas' 100th birthday.  The event was headlined by longtime friends Tony Bennett and Ray Romano along with Thomas' son-in-law, Phil Donahue.

Thomas, an entertainer whose career spanned four decades, appeared on radio and film as a comedic actor over four decades, and was well known for his philanthropic work.

In 1962, he founded St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., with the mission to treat children with pediatric diseases, regardless of the family's ability to pay. The hospital has treated thousands of children for childhood cancers.

The stamp was painted by Tim O’Brien, and features a prominent image of Thomas with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the background.

“We went with a night scene that allowed me to use stars in the sky," O'Brien said. "Perhaps the stars have multiple meanings: the Hollywood connection, but also the countless children he’s helped through the hospital.”

The Danny Thomas Forever stamp will go on sale Feb.16.


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