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Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute gets second largest gift ever
By Scott Allen, Globe Staff
Officials at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute today announced the second largest gift in the hospital's history: $30 million from a philanthropy dedicated to the memory of the longtime owners of the Boston Red Sox, Tom and Jean Yawkey.
The gift from the Yawkey Foundation will help pay for the first new patient care building in more than 30 years at Dana-Farber, the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care, which is scheduled to open in 2011.
The Yawkey Foundation's endowment skyrocketed in value after the family sold the Red Sox in 2002, enabling the board to give away more than $150 million in the past five years, including $15 million for improved cancer care at Boston Medical Center and $25 million for Massachusetts General Hospital's Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care.
But Dana-Farber always had a special relationship with the late Tom and Jean Yawkey, who made the hospital's Jimmy Fund the official charity of the Red Sox back in 1953, and today's gift is the largest in foundation history.