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Annual Report - 1996-1997

As long as researchers seek to eradicate cancer, the need for creative philanthropy will exist. At M. D. Anderson, the funding needs are as diverse as the solutions staff and volunteers have uncovered to finance them. Fiscal year 1995-96 was marked by numerous examples of that creativity and commitment.

Faculty, staff and volunteers celebrated the completion of the $151 million Fulfill The Promise capital campaign two and a half years ahead of schedule, and the new Clinic Services Facility opened its doors in April. Funded entirely through philanthropi c gifts from Fulfill The Promise, the CSF is the first of three new buildings designed to replace antiquated facilities. Construction of the new Clinical Research Building and the Albert B. and Margaret M. Alkek Hospital was well under way by year's end.

Beyond the scope of the capital campaign, $14.2 million was raised for vital research programs dedicated to solving the cancer problem. That figure includes monies donated during the first eight months of calendar year 1996 for new Institutional Funding Initiatives in cancer research outlined by staff in collaboration with The University Cancer Foundation Board of Visitors.

In eight months' time, 33 percent of a $23.5 million total funding goal had been met for priority research initiatives involving cancers of the breast, brain, skin, prostate and ovary, as well as priority programs in cancer prevention and in carcinogenes is research at the Science Park Research Division at Smithville, Texas.

Philanthropic highlights from the fiscal year also include:

  • Marvin's Million Dollar Dream, one of the institution's largest and most memorable fund raisers, which netted $1.3 million for breast and prostate cancer research. Chaired by Carolyn Farb, the event celebrated both the 75th birthday of Houston tele vision personality Marvin Zindler and the long-time contributions of M. D. Anderson President Emeritus Dr. Charles A. LeMaistre. More than 1,000 filled the Hyatt Regency Houston ballroom for the gala dinner and concerts by Don Henley and Lyle Lovett.
  • Polo on the Prairie, which celebrated its 10th anniversary and has become an icon of its own with support from co-conceivers Mary Anne McCloud and son-in-law Henry Musselman. The innovative event, known for converting a sliver of the expansive Muss elman Brothers Lazy 3 Ranch near Albany, Texas, into world-class polo grounds, has raised more than $1 million to support 33 patient programs at M. D. Anderson.
  • A Conversation With A Living Legend in Dallas, chaired by Sally B. Berry, invited former First Lady Barbara Bush to chat with WFAA-TV news anchor Chip Moody. The luncheon in November 1995 netted more than $236,000 and drew a guest list of 1,200 wh o listened in to Bush's remarks on years of government life, her volunteer efforts on behalf of literacy and how her own family was touched by cancer.
  • A $1 million gift from Joe and Lee Jamail honoring Dr. LeMaistre, who chose to divide the gift between the Prostate Cancer Research Program and the Ovarian Cancer Research Program.
  • The Annual Fund mail drive, which generated a record sum of $2.89 million, up by more than $250,000 over the previous year.

Letter from Patrick B. Mulvey
Associate Vice President for Development

Fiscal 1995-96 marked the closing of the Fulfill The Promise campaign, which finished ahead of schedule and exceeded our goal. A total of $151.6 million was raised for facilities' construction and program endowments. More than 3,000 individuals, corporations and foundations contributed to this capital campaign.

Private fund-raising efforts for the balance of the fiscal year resulted in additional outstanding results, as M. D. Anderson Cancer Center realized in excess of $22.3 million in cash, pledged trusts, estate gifts and gifts-in-kind. Nearly all of the 64 ,202 contributions are supporting initiatives exclusive of funding objectives for Fulfill The Promise.

Each and every donation, no matter the amount, is making a difference in moving us closer to our goal of eliminating cancer. Contributions to either the capital or the annual campaign have helped ensure that the faculty and staff can enhance and expand the institution's exceptional programs in patient care, research, education and prevention.

The most important beneficiaries of your generous gifts are the thousands of patients who have come to M. D. Anderson over the years to receive the highest quality research-driven cancer care available. A few of these patients and donors whose loved one s faced cancer share their experiences throughout this annual report.

On behalf of all the faculty, staff, volunteers and patients, we express our sincere appreciation for your thoughtful philanthropy. We promise to continue using your gifts wisely and look forward to working with you in the years ahead. You truly make a difference in M. D. Anderson maintaining its unparalleled standard of excellence.

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