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Chicago Jewish Philanthropist Gives $500,000 to Local Hospital

An initial contribution of $500, 000 for the construction of a pavilion at the Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center here was announced today by Harold H. Hines, Jr., president of the institution’s board of trustees. The gift was made by Harry Blum and his wife, Mrs. Becky Blum, who said they will also provide additional funds through a bequest for the construction of the new building.

Mr. Hines made the announcement at a luncheon honoring Mr. and Mrs. Blum, after whom the new pavilion will be named. The facility will be a 12-story building with a capacity of 300 patient beds. Among those attending the luncheon were Chicago’s Mayor Richard J. Daley, and French Consul-General Jean-Louis Mandereau. The latter represented the French Government which, in 1948 and in 1950, twice decorated Mr. Blum for his contributions to French fashions.

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