Windfall for New York Animal Hospital

Fashion Designer leaves $10 million of estate to NYCs Animal Medical Center.

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Geoffrey Beene, a New York fashion designer who died in 2004 at the age of 77, has left $10 million of his estate to New York Citys The Animal Medical Center, an veterinary hospital, research center and teaching institution.

Guy Pidgeon, chief executive officer of the facility, said Beene was a nature and animal lover and was particularly fond of The AMC because of his pet dogs. He had supported the animal care institution during his lifetime, as well.

Beenes bequest raises the endowment of The AMC to $50 million, according to Board chair Cynthia Phipps. The AMC said a portion of the gift will be designated for the acquisition of the latest diagnostic technology, such as a linear accelerator, as well as physical improvements to the client waiting area.

The enhanced endowment will also allow the continuation of programs that underwrite the routine care of companion animals for the indigent elderly and the visually-impaired; counseling for owners of ill or deceased pets; and pet outreach visits to nursing homes, senior centers and schools for blind or autistic children.

The AMC will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2010.

Posted: Jan. 30, 2006, 3 p.m. EST

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Simone    Bethesda, MD

6/4/2007 12:47:04 PM

Wow! That is very generous of him! Although I do not have the stomach to be a vet, I am thinking of doing community service at (or having a teen job at) a local vet office. I think this will help convince people to donate to shelters or veteranary clinics (did I spell that right?), after all, people will buy a product if someone famous advertises it, then they (or at least should) donate to help animals if someone famous does.

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