Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has announced a $10 million gift from Melinda Goldrich and Andrea Goldrich Cayton to establish a center dedicated to developing new patient-care therapies for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders.
Made through the Goldrich Family Foundation in honor of the donors' late father, the gift will establish the Jona Goldrich Center for Alzheimer's and Memory Disorders within the Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurology. The family also has committed to matching up to $5 million in new donations to the center.
Born in Poland in 1927, Jona Goldrich escaped Nazi-occupied territory and later fought in the 1948 war that resulted in the creation of the state of Israel. In 1954, he emigrated to the United States, where he built a real estate empire.
"This generous and transformative gift from the Goldrich family is an enduring testament to Jona's life," said Cedars-Sinai president and CEO Thomas M. Priselac. "The Jona Goldrich Center for Alzheimer's and Memory Disorders will position Cedars-Sinai as a leader in the Los Angeles community and beyond in treating the devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease and other memory disorders."