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Bel-Air couple donates $50 million gift to Children's Hospital Los Angeles

May 10, 2011 |  7:00 am

Marion and John E. Anderson. Bel-Air philanthropists Marion and John Anderson gave $50 million to help build a large new wing at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, the largest individual gift ever received by the nationally-renowned medical facility, hospital officials announced.

"We are thrilled and thankful for Marion and John's generosity," said Richard D. Cordova, the hospital's chief executive, noting the couple's long involvement in the 110-year-old hospital.

When the new wing opens July 10, it will be called the Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion. The $636 million, 317-bed state-of-the-art facility will expand its ability to treat children suffering from cancer, leukemia and other serious illnesses, and to house families upended by weeks of treatment.

Anderson's name is already attached to UCLA's Anderson School of Management. The couple recently announced a $25 million gift to the university, on top of nearly $17 million in previous gifts.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles serves more than 97,000 patients each year and is home to some of the world's top-ranking pediatric specialists and surgeons.

Te Andersons have been involved with Children's Hospital for decades. Marion Anderson has been on the Board of Trustees since 1989 and co-chaired a fundraising committee that helped raise $1 billion to build the new hospital wing as well as raise dollars for clinical and research programs.

John Anderson is chairman of Topa Equities, Ltd., which owns more than 42 businesses involved in agriculture, insurance, real estate, wholesale beverage distribution and automotive dealerships. Marion is vice chairman of Topa Equities, Ltd., and is an active member of the UCLA Anderson board of visitors.


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Photo: Marion and John E. Anderson. Credit: Children's Hospital Los Angeles