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May 30, 2013  

JOE AND EMMA ADAMS DONATE $1 M FOR SCHOLARSHIPS TO CHARLES R. DREW UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE AND SCIENCE

Ray Charles’ longtime manager contributes largest single individual gift the University has ever received

Los Angeles, CA- Joe Adams, decades long manager of Ray Charles, and his wife Emma have donated $1 million to Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU), a medical and health sciences institution located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles. Funds will be used to endow scholarships for undergraduates based on financial need.

“We are truly honored to receive the largest single individual gift in the history of our University,” said Dr. David M. Carlisle, President of CDU. “These funds will reinforce CDU’s commitment to serve talented students who may not otherwise be able to afford tuition and many of whom are the first in their families to go to college.”

Mr. and Mrs. Adams have been active philanthropists and great believers in education and the power of education for youth. They have provided substantial financial gifts to Morehouse College and Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

“I wanted to give back to the neighborhood where I grew up, gained experience and met the many challenges in my life,” said Joe Adams.” 

Mr. Adams was the first African American Disc Jockey to host a prime-time show in Los Angeles.  He was an acclaimed actor, served with the Tuskegee Airmen in WWII and served as business manager of music genius, Ray Charles. Until his retirement in 2008, Mr. Adams was at the helm of the Ray Charles Corporation.  He now serves as Chairman of the Board of The Ray Charles Foundation, appointed by Ray Charles.

“I am truly thankful for the generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Adams to a community treasure,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.  “Funding scholarships at CDU is funding the well-being of South Los Angeles and that is a worthy investment.”

On June 1, Mr. and Mrs. Adam will receive the Board of Trustees Medal of Honor during the CDU commencement ceremony. First awarded in 1998, the Medal of Honor is bestowed to the recipient who best exemplifies the spirit of CDU’s mission, to serve the underserved with excellence and compassion. 

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For more information, please contact:
 

Jessica Gelzer
jgelzer@griffinschein.com
323-892-2080 OR 818-399-4088

 

 

 
 

About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals. The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS. Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the best performaer in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians by the Greenlining Institute. For more information, visit http://www.cdrewu.edu/.

 
 

CHARLES R. DREW UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE AND SCIENCE
1731 East 120th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90059
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www.cdrewu.edu

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