As he was giving his wife an award for her work with her namesake facility on Skid Row for homeless women, Kirk Douglas doubled his $5-million pledge to the organization to a total of $10-million.
Douglas told his wife: “Thank you for teaching me that caring is sharing.”
Anne Douglas told the 200 Mission supporters at the event that Kirk can never keep a secret, but surprised her with the additional gift.
She thanked him for his “tremendous generosity, which will allow my vision of helping the homeless men and women of Los Angeles.”
Los Angeles Mission President Herb Smith was surprised as well.
“This wonderful legacy will make it possible to help individuals create their own legacy. It will open great opportunities to begin to solve one of the more intractable problems facing society. We are beyond grateful for the support the Douglas family has shown the Los Angeles Mission.”
Wednesday’s gala celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Anne Douglas Center for Women at the Los Angeles Mission honoring Anne Douglas with a special award for her work to create and develop the facility.
images: Los Angeles Mission
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