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HFPA Presents $485,000 to The Film Foundation

(July 19, 2001)
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association presented $485,000 in donations to The Film Foundation, the Sundance Institute, American Film Institute, film schools and non-profit organizations during its annual installation luncheon honoring its incoming 2001-2002 slate of officers at the Beverly Hills Hotel today. In the past seven years, the HFPA has granted more than $2,485,000 in charitable donations.

In attendance was newly elected president Dagmar Dunlevy, who introduced the new officers Lorenzo Soria, vice president; Erkki Kanto, executive secretary; Philip Berk, treasurer; and board members Mahfouz Doss (Chairman), Yoram Kahana, Lawrie Masterson, Scott Orlin, Mira Panajotovic and Helmut Voss (alternate).

The event, moderated by Dunlevy, included acceptance remarks by Clint Eastwood on behalf of The Film Foundation, which received a $200,000 contribution.

Also making acceptance remarks were John Cooper on behalf of the Sundance Institute (for international filmmakers), Hartmut Bitomsky on behalf of California Institute of the Arts School of Film/Video, Jacqueline Elam on behalf of the American Film Institute (conservatory scholarship), Robert Rosen on behalf of the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television; John Schultheiss of California State University, Northridge Dept. of Cinema/TV Arts; Marlene Loadvine on behalf of USC School of Cinema-Television, Phyllis Caskey on behalf of Eastwing Educational Center (Hollywood Entertainment Museum), Vondie Curtis Hall on behalf of Independent Feature Project/West, Julia Ormond on behalf of FilmAid, and Kirk Douglas on behalf of The Douglas Foundation.

"The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is proud of its contributions to the entertainment industry and equally proud of its annual donations to those worthy charitable organizations that serve the community so well," said Dunlevy. "We're also delighted that we can contribute to the education of a new generation of filmmakers whose work will inspire us in the years to come."

Also announced were checks presented to Columbia University School of the Arts, North Carolina School of the Arts, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, The Actors' Fund of America, KCET, Los Angeles Conservancy, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Foundation, Actors and Others for Animals, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Young Musicians Foundation, and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.

During the past seven years, the HFPA's $2,488,462 in donations breaks down as follows: $850,000 to The Film Foundation, $740,462 to universities and film schools, $820,000 to film-related and non-profit organizations, and $78,000 to film festivals.

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