Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Dogs Get the Short Stick in Helmsley Charitable Trust Distributions

The trustees for Leona Helmsley's estate said Tuesday they have started spreading her estimated $5 billion fortune by awarding $136 million in grants to charitable causes; a mere $1million is going to the dogs.

Helmsley, who died in 2007 at age 87, had ordered in a 2004 revision to the mission statement for the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust that its money go to "purposes related to the provision of care for dogs," along with other charities.

A Manhattan judge ruled in February that the money was not limited to man's best friend, allowing it to be spread among dozens of charities for sex abuse victims, Jewish day school students, the homeless and medical research.

$40 Million for the Center for Digestive Diseases at NY Presbyterian Hospital

Other Winners

Center for the bowel disease program at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
A charity that provides food in Souther Africa
Cornell's School of Hotel Administration

Canine causes will split $1 million 10 ways among charities that provide, among other things, training for seeing-eye dogs, dogs for the deaf, and bomb sniffers.

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