Dean Foods Foundation Becomes Largest Corporate Donor to Children's Medical Center
DALLAS (July 18, 2011) — The Dallas-based Dean Foods Foundation has pledged $1.25 million over the next five years to establish a lead endowment to help fund Children’s extensive basic science, translational and clinical research initiatives. The commitment is the largest corporate gift to endowment in Children’s Medical Center history and makes Dean Foods Foundation the largest corporate partner, with total giving in excess of $2.5 million. Dean Foods Company established the Dean Foods Foundation in 2008 to strengthen the company’s ability to provide strategic philanthropic support to national, regional and local organizations working in key focus areas.
Over the past 10 years, Children’s Medical Center has dramatically increased its commitment to a comprehensive pediatric research program to complement its outstanding clinical programs. "It is clear that effective research programs enhance clinical practices, and the scope of our patient services provides unique opportunities for physician-scientists to conduct groundbreaking research," said Christopher J. Durovich, president and CEO of Children’s. "We are deeply grateful to Dean Foods Foundation for their continued generosity to Children’s and for their recognition of the critical need for research in pediatrics.