Motion Picture & Television Fund Unveils Plans for Kirk Douglas Care Pavilion

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The news comes on the legendary actor's 99th birthday.

Kirk Douglas turned 99 years old on Wednesday, and to mark the impressive occasion, the Motion Picture & Television Fund is unveiling additional plans for its $35 million Woodland Hills, Calif., care facility, the Kirk Douglas Care Pavilion (KDCP). 

The state-of-the-art facility, for which Douglas and wife Anne pledged $15 million, has a new website (found here) that allows visitors to take a virtual tour of the new digs and obtain information on how to help move it towards completion. In making the announcement, MPTF Foundation chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg said the Douglas' financial gift will "kick the design and planning of this incredible new facility into high gear." 

He continued: “It is in keeping with Kirk’s philosophy of giving back to the entertainment community that he is the one giving us the gift on his birthday instead of us lavishing one on him. And with their recent commitment to MPTF, Kirk and Anne Douglas are some of the largest donors in the history of MPTF giving, with over $40 million of lifetime philanthropy. We will never be able to thank them enough for all that they have done.”

Kirk wasn't left empty-handed, however. According to a press release, DreamWorks Animation honcho Katzenberg presented the birthday gent with a model of the KDCP, designed by Culver City's Zakian Woo Architects.

Mentioned by The Hollywood Reporter in a September feature on the Douglas' philanthropic efforts, the KDCP is expected to break ground in late 2016 and be a complement to Harry's Haven, the MPTF home they helped build in the early 1990s. The new project is designed as a two-story home for 80 industry members struggling with Alzheimer’s as well as long-term, skilled nursing-care needs. 

"When Jeffrey Katzenberg explained the urgency of enlarging the current facility to accommodate more patients, we had to say yes," Kirk said in a statement. "Jeffrey knows it is our philosophy to provide funding where it is needed most. The Kirk Douglas Care Pavilion is going to help a lot of families in our community.”
 
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