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Motion Picture & Television Fund Launches $350 Million Fundraising Campaign

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Motion Picture & Television Fund Launches $350 Million Fundraising Campaign

Post by Merlin on Thu Feb 23 2012, 19:13

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Motion Picture & Television Fund Launches $350 Million Fundraising Campaign
George Clooney, MPTF Board Member, Issues Call to Action

LOS ANGELES, CA, Feb 23, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation and Chairman of the MPTF Foundation Committee, today announced the launch of the Motion Picture & Television Fund's $350 million campaign to sustain the charity's activities for the foreseeable future. At a media breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Katzenberg also introduced Board Member George Clooney as his partner in the campaign.

"I am proud to be part of the MPTF legacy of taking care of our own. Our business is more than a job -- it is a way of life, and MPTF has been the essential safety net for more than 90 years," said Jeffrey Katzenberg. "This campaign is the way my generation can ensure that MPTF will be there to serve future generations forever."

As chairman of the MPTF Foundation Committee, Mr. Katzenberg has been a tireless advocate and fundraiser as well as a generous supporter of MPTF with his wife Marilyn. At today's announcement, Katzenberg and Clooney acknowledged lead gifts from Steve Bing, George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Barry Diller, Fox Entertainment Group, David Geffen, Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg, Michael Lewis, Jerrold Perenchio, Todd Phillips, Joe Roth, Patrick Soon-Shiong, Steven Spielberg, Thomas Tull, Casey Wasserman, and John and Marilyn Wells. To date, Katzenberg has helped secure $200 million in pledges and donations to the MPTF Campaign -- achieving more than half of the total campaign goal.

Katzenberg introduced Clooney as "a good friend of MPTF and a committed philanthropist." In his remarks, Clooney said, "I've seen first-hand for many years the great work of the MPTF. I was raised to believe that as a community we should be judged by how we take care of people who can't take care of themselves. This is our community. This is our commitment; to make sure that the MPTF is still standing strong for generations to come."

Clooney unveiled a vintage coin box emblazoned with the charity's original name -- Motion Picture Relief Fund. He noted that the box was intended not only to remind the industry of where and when the charity began, but also to represent how every gift large and small counts.

MPTF CEO Bob Beitcher highlighted the increasing vulnerability of a large segment of the entertainment industry community due to changes in union and guild health and pension plans and potential erosion of the national social safety net. "Over the next 20 years, approximately 100,000 industry members and their families, our very own baby boomers, will be retiring," Beitcher said. "And the fact is that today we can't anticipate what kind of help and support they'll need from MPTF. But we can be certain that there will continue to be needs that otherwise won't be filled without the support of our charity."

"MPTF is greater than the sum of its parts, more than just the services it provides: it's the spirit that unites the industry in supporting each other in times of need," Beitcher concluded.

Katzenberg added, "With Bob Beitcher at the helm, strategically guiding the structure and long-term vision for the charity, and with George Clooney and many other dedicated advocates, I am confident we will achieve our goal of $350 million."

About the Motion Picture & Television Fund For 90 years, the MPTF has served as a beacon of hope for entertainment industry members in their time of need. As a charitable organization, the MPTF provides financial assistance and services essential to the wellbeing of the community and is a leader in the development and implementation of services and programs for seniors and those who care for them. The charity is supported by the generosity of corporate donors and fellow entertainment industry members who contribute their time and money knowing if they were ever in a tight spot, the MPTF would be there for them too. For more information, visit [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] .

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Post by it's me on Thu Feb 23 2012, 22:01

Thumbs up! it's a great
really important thing

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Post by cindigirl on Tue Mar 06 2012, 17:41

Here's the video of George and Katzenberg announcing the $350 million Fundraising Campaign. Lordy, he looks good in his grey suit. YUM

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Post by it's me on Tue Mar 06 2012, 20:55

look!

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yep, he was jummy! (but need more sleep....)

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Post by cindigirl on Tue Mar 06 2012, 21:03

MPTF sounds like a good organization, but I wonder if they only help people in the entertainment industry who need it.

Thanks it's me for the video.

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Post by Michelle meyers on Tue Mar 06 2012, 23:07

Great videos!! Thank you! Very Happy

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Post by davidarochelle on Tue Jun 05 2012, 20:47

This is the G we all love (no matter what we think of his girls)

June 5, 2012, 3:26 PM
Diller Donates $30 Million to Fund for Hollywood Retirees
By MICHAEL CIEPLY
LOS ANGELES — Barry Diller, the chairman of IAC/InterActive Corp, is contributing $30 million to Hollywood’s Motion Picture and Television Fund, the fund said on Tuesday.

The donation, from Mr. Diller’s Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, is the latest addition to a $350 million campaign being led by George Clooney and Jeffrey Katzenberg, both of whom serve on the nonprofit organization’s board.

Founded in 1921 by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and others, the fund provides health services and other support to entertainment industry workers and retirees. In a statement, Mr. Clooney estimated that 75,000 of the industry’s workers would retire over the next 10 years. The fund-raising campaign, he said, would help maintain those workers’ safety net at a time when “state and federal programs are coming under such stress.”



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