$80 million in gifts to GW to tackle health challenges

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Washington (WUSA9) -- The George Washington University received a huge boost Tuesday, as the institution aims to tackle major public health issues.

The Milken Institute, the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation, and the Milken Family Foundation gave a total of $80 million dollars to George Washington University.

In a press release, GW Board of Trustees Chairman Nelson A. Carbonell, Jr. says, "These extraordinary gifts collectively represent the largest donation ever received by the George Washington University. Such a generous contribution to the university demonstrates a commitment to the health of people all over the world."

In honor of these gifts, GW will rename the School of Public Health and Health Services to the Milken Institute School of Public Health. The institution will also establish the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness.

The gifts will support new and ongoing research, develop and advance innovative strategies to expand wellness, and disease prevention, and to create a new public health scholarship program.

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