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Michael Jackson's Humanitarian Efforts 1979-2003

Michael Jackson's Humanitarian Efforts 1979-2003



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The document includes a detailed list of many of the charity contributions Michael Jackson has made spanning over the period of 1979-2003. Information is in chronological order, and is accompanied by various images of Michael Jackson and his charity work.
The document includes a detailed list of many of the charity contributions Michael Jackson has made spanning over the period of 1979-2003. Information is in chronological order, and is accompanied by various images of Michael Jackson and his charity work.

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January, 1979: 
Michael Jackson donates anunspecified number of books, including Peter Pan tothe Chicago Public Library's Young Adult Sectionand promotes reading through a library programcalled Boogie to the Book Beat
July, 1981: 
Concert in Atlanta Georgia, TriumphTour, - benefit concert raises $100,000 at the OmniAuditorium in Atlanta, Georgia for the AtlantaChildren's Foundation in response to a series ofkidnappings and murders that had been plaguingthe children of Atlanta for months.
January 10, 1984: 
During the filming of Pepsi commercials, Michael Jackson is burned. As aresult of the on-set accident, he is admitted to the Brotman Medical Center in Culver City,California. Despite palm-sized second and third-degree burns to the back of his head whenpyrotechnics, somehow, went awry, Jackson visited several other burn patients and laterdonated a hyperbaric chamber (used to treat burn victims) in addition to a large donation towardpreparing and equipping the Michael Jackson Burn Center.
April 9, 1984: 
David Smithee, a 14-year-old boy who suffers from cystic fibrosis is invited toMichael's home. It was David's last wish to meet Michael. He dies 7 weeks later.
April 14, 1984: 
Michael equips a 19-bed-unit at Mount Senai New York Medical Center. Thiscenter is part of the T.J. Martell-Foundation for leukemia and cancer research.
May, 1984: 
Michael Jackson donates the use of his song Beat It to a national advertisingcampaign against drinking and driving. For his contribution, he received a Special AchievementAward presented by President Ronald Reagan.
July 5, 1984: 
Michael Jackson and his family hold a press conference to announce thechanging of the ticket distribution system for the Victory Tour. During his speech, he announces,"Finally, and most importantly, .... I want you to know that when I first agreed to tour, I decidedto donate all the money I make from our performances to charity." Three charities benefitedfrom Michael's generosity: The United Negro College Fund established the Michael JacksonScholarship Fund which, by 1988, had provided scholarships for 70 students at UNCF memberschools, Camp Good Times for terminally ill children and the T.J. Martell Foundation forLeukemia and Cancer Research
July 14, 1984 
: The Jacksons, performing in Jacksonville, Florida entertain eight childrensuffering from incurable diseases. Fourteen-year-old Malanda Cooper, a young victim, who hasonly a short time to live, writes the Major asking to meet Michael. Michael meets her backstageprior to a performance. Later 700 disadvantaged children are treated to the show.
July, 1984: 
The Jacksons perform at Texas Stadium in Dallas, donating 1200 tickets tounderprivileged children (valued at $39,000).
August, 1984: 
As negotiations for a performance in Gary, Indiana break down, the Jacksonstransport forty children from the Thelma Marshall Children's Home for orphans, foster childrenand abandoned children, The Hoosier Boys Home and the Donzels Work Study Program forhigh school students working toward a college education to Detroit, Michigan for the thirdperformance there.
September, 1984: 
David Smithey a fourteen year-old fan, through the auspices of the BrassRing Society, fulfills a lifelong dream. He is invited to visit Michael Jackson in his home inEncino. David, a victim of cystic fibrosis had long wished to meet Jackson. The two youngpeople shared an afternoon watching movies in the private screening room, eating lunchand playing video games. Before leaving, he was treated by the superstar to a black sequinedglove and his red leather jacket from Beat It. Seven weeks later, David Smithey died.
December 13, 1984: 
Michael visits the BrotmanMemorial Hospital, where he had been treatedwhen he was burned very badly during theproducing of a Pepsi commercial. He donates allthe money he receives from Pepsi, $1.5 million, tothe Michael Jackson Burn Center for Children.
January 28, 1985: 
Michael Jackson is one of thefirst artists to arrive at A&M Lion Share Studios forthe historic recording which brought dozens ofnationally acclaimed artists together in the hope ofalleviating famine in Africa. In an all night session,the largest-grossing single in the history of the recording arts, We Are The World, is recorded,spawning a videocassette and a book, all the proceeds of which would be funneled directlythrough to famine relief efforts. The famine relief efforts of this recording resulted in over $60million dollars being channeled directly into the countries most affected. Michael Jacksoncontributed to the effort not only as featured artist, but co-wrote the song with Lionel Ritchie andrecorded the demo tracks distributed to the participating artists.
March, 1985: 
Michael Jackson visits a young girl who was paralyzed in a car accident in Miami,Florida. Later, he sent her a tape of the Victory Tour concerts and a tour jacket.
Michael set up the "Michael Jackson UNCF Endowed Scholarship Fund". T1986his $1.5 million fund is aimed towards students majoring in performance art andcommunications, with money given each year to students attending a UNCF member college oruniversity.
February 28, 1986: 
After having had a heart-transplant, 14-year-old Donna Ashlock fromCalifornia gets a call from Michael Jackson. He had heard that she is a big fan of his. Michaelinvites her to his home as soon as she is feeling better. This visit takes place on March 8th.Donna stays for dinner and watches a movie together with Michael.
October, 1986: 
Michael's Pets, a line of stuffed animals modeled after Michael Jackson's zoo isreleased to market. Michael Jackson requests that from each purchase, one dollar should bedonated to a children's charity. 1987

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