DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - In July, Kirk and Anne Douglas announced a $5 million grant for the Los Angeles Mission’s Anne Douglas Center, the women’s wing of the homeless services facility in Skid Row.
It was the latest big gift from a couple that has supported the mission since it funded the wing in 1992.
On Wednesday, Sept. 12, at a gala to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Anne Douglas Center, Kirk Douglas was tapped to present an award to his wife. During his introduction, he surprised her by announcing that he had doubled the family’s most recent pledge to $10 million.
“The story is that Mr. and Mrs. Douglas were visiting the old Los Angeles Mission in the late 1980s and she asked about homeless women,” said L.A. Mission President Herb Smith in a statement. “There were some sheets hanging from a wire, and they pulled them back to show a couple of bunk beds. Mrs. Douglas looked at her husband and said, ‘That’s unacceptable, we have to do something about that.’”
More than 250 women have graduated from the Anne Douglas Center’s intensive year-long program since 1992.