6 largest gifts from individuals to healthcare organizations in 2017

3. $21 million to University of Pennsylvania, Basser Research Center for BRCA (Philadelphia) Donor: Jon and Mindy Gray. Mr. Gray oversees real estate at Blackstone, a global investment firm. Details: The donation will advance research, clinical trials and educational outreach for patients with hereditary cancers.

Blackstone’s Gray Gives $21 Million to Hit Cancer Close to Home

Blackstone Group real estate chief Jon Gray and his wife, Mindy, are doubling down in their campaign against a type of cancer that claimed the life of her older sister. The Grays are donating $21 million to the Basser Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvania, bringing their total pledges to the initiative to $55 million.

Wearing Jeans for Gene Research

When Mindy and Jon Gray were pulling together Tuesday’s fundraiser for the Basser Center for BRCA, Mr. Gray asked his wife that the attire be kept casual.  

Basser Center for BRCA Jean Bash

Taking a different approach to the usual benefit-hosting, the Basser Center for BRCA threw a casual and cool celebration at Cipriani Wall Street for their inaugural New York City benefit aptly named Basser Jean Bash – Unzip Your Genes.