Congratulations Jeffrey!

December 7, 2012
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On Saturday night, Jeffrey Katzenberg was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Oscar Award at the Ray Dolby Ballroom to commemorate his philanthropic efforts in the industry, namely his work with MPTF. In response to the prestigious award with an exclusive list of recipients that also includes Oprah Winfrey and Jerry Lewis, Katzenberg said: “This is a reflection back on our own community. The real fact is all I did was ask, and it’s Hollywood that has done the giving. I really feel I am receiving this on behalf of Hollywood and our community and the extraordinary generosity that we have for the real world that we live in.” After two decades of donating his valuable ideas and time as chairman of the board for MPTF Foundation, Katzenberg has helped inspire participation from a new generation of Hollywood and has helped raise over $250 million for the charity.

The day after receiving the award, Katzenberg and other well-known industry professionals such as Robert Downey Jr. and the Goldwyn brothers joined MPTF residents in a brunch to celebrate the award. CEO Bob Beitcher talked of Jean Hersholt, one of the key players in the early founding of MPTF—the humanitarian who was responsible for purchasing the land for The Wasserman Campus, the very land on which our residents live. Receiving the award named in Hersholt’s honor, Katzenberg has been a stronghold in maintaining the continuity of “talking care of our own,” from generation to generation. Beitcher said, “there are very few people who think nothing of calling the organization’s CEO early mornings, holidays, weekends, late at night to see: How’s it going? What can I do? How can I help? Where should I be? How can we make it better? Thank you Jeffrey, we celebrate everything that you have done and continue to do for us and it’s a great honor for all of us to have you as our family member.”

With a giant smile on his face, Katzenberg talked about mentorship, learning from the previous generation and how he was instructed by the Lew and Edie Wasserman that it was his duty to get involved with MPTF. “Last night was a great honor,” he said. “I think it’s a blessing more than it’s an obligation. I couldn’t care more about you. I couldn’t be prouder of what you’ve contributed in your lifetimes and careers; having you here in a place that can be there for you and take care of you couldn’t be more important.” Thank you Jeffrey. MPTF congratulates you. MPTF loves you.

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