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Sidney Frank Provides $5M To Support Brown’s Hurricane Relief Effort
Sidney E. Frank, a 1942 alumnus of Brown University, is providing $5 million in support of the University’s efforts to provide relief for students and faculty at colleges and universities that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — At the University’s 242nd Opening Convocation today, Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons announced that Sidney E. Frank, chairman and CEO of Sidney Frank Importing Co. Inc., is donating $5 million to Brown for the University’s Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Frank’s gift will support the University’s efforts to assist students and faculty whose work has been interrupted by the hurricane.
“This humanitarian gift is one more indication of the extraordinary support that Mr. Frank has shown for Brown and for humanity,” Simmons said. “We are proud to be chosen by him and his family to direct these funds in support of the relief effort.”
Simmons said the University will now be able to do far more than it had originally planned, such as providing assistance with housing, meals and books for students with demonstrated financial need, and supporting a variety of other activities to enhance Brown’s assistance program. She said she will appoint an oversight committee to determine how Frank’s gift can best be used.
Simmons described Brown’s emerging assistance program, including expedited admission for approximately 100 undergraduates, last week in an e-mail to the campus community:
“The people of the Gulf Coast and our country as a whole have suffered a terrible tragedy,” Frank said. “This gift to Brown University is meant to return some normalcy to students whose studies and ambitions have been cut short. The sooner the victims of Hurricane Katrina can return to their lives and pursuits, the sooner we can all heal. I’m fortunate that I am in a position to help, and I encourage all those who are able to give to do so.”
Last year, Frank, who is a member of the Brown Class of 1942, donated more than $120 million to Brown to fund scholarships for Brown’s neediest students and to construct a new academic building on the campus, making him the largest donor in the University’s history.
More information about Brown’s hurricane assistance program is available on the University’s Hurricane Katrina Web site