Michael J. Fox Helps UCSF Thank Supporters

October 22, 2001
News Office: Bill Gordon (415) 502-6397

Michael J. Fox, actor and advocate for medical research, will join a group of the University of California, San Francisco's biggest supporters for a special event Wednesday evening to thank donors.

UCSF Chancellor Dr. J. Michael Bishop will announce a $1.4 billion, multi-year fundraising effort at the Wednesday event, "A Celebration of Partners in Science and Health." The campus already has received commitments toward a large portion of the $1.4 billion goal, and the total committed to date will be announced that evening.

Andrew Grove, chairman of Intel Corp., serves as national chair of the effort being called "The Campaign for UCSF."

The event includes tours of laboratories led by post-graduate researchers and faculty members, dinner under a large tent raised in the courtyard at the center of the Parnassus Avenue campus, and a special ceremony in which donors and other campus supporters receive a white physician's coat. Each year, incoming medical students receive their first white coats in a ceremony filled with tradition and inspiration, and the white coat ceremony for those attending the kickoff event recognizes them as partners in UCSF's health science mission.

New and existing programs targeted to benefit from the new resources can be found at virtually every campus site, in every school and in a wide range of programs, including programs planned for UCSF Mission Bay, Parnasuss Heights and Mount Zion.