Writer, director and producer Jefery Levy and his wife, Pamela Skaist-Levy, co-founder of Juicy Couture, have made a $2 million gift to establish the Leonard B. Skaist Endowed Chair in Pediatric Urology at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. This generous gift was inspired by Pamela Skaist-Levy’s father, Leonard Skaist, a Keck School physician who has been a pediatric urologist at the hospital for 45 years.
“I was so impressed with the work of these doctors, including my father—that I felt like I had to get involved,” said Skaist-Levy. “These doctors make a difference in the lives of sick children and their families.”
The endowment will support the division’s research, equipment, faculty retention and recruitment, as well as program support. The Skaist-Levy family has committed to making Childrens Hospital their main charitable organization. In addition to organizing next year’s newly created annual “Night to Remember” fund raiser, Skaist-Levy said Juicy Couture will be launching a Barbie doll later this year with proceeds going to the hospital’s division of pediatric urology.
“Our work has just begun—I will work tirelessly to raise money for the hospital,” Skaist-Levy said. “Childrens Hospital is an incredible place. Few hospitals can do what Childrens Hospital can do and few doctors can do the work of these pediatric urologists.”