SOURCE: Motion Picture and Television Fund

May 21, 2011 19:46 ET

James and Paula Coburn Foundation Dedication Event for New Wellness Garden at Motion Picture and Television Fund Attracts Entertainment and Philanthropy Industry Notables

WOODLAND HILLS, CA--(Marketwire - May 21, 2011) - In celebration of the dedication of the James and Paula Coburn Foundation Wellness Garden, numerous members of the entertainment and philanthropic community attended the dedication event at the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) Woodland Hills campus. The wellness garden, one of the most recent projects generously donated by the James and Paula Coburn Foundation (JPCF), was designed to provide a shady, relaxing haven for residents of the MPTF, while providing a fitting legacy to the Coburns.

Located adjacent to the Saban Center for Health and Wellness, amidst teeming flora, the wellness garden includes a gong, a spherical continuous motion fountain, and a custom Yin-Yang pergola created by award-winning designer Kenneth Cobonpue, known for his signature pieces in natural fibers and materials. The project encompasses the Coburns' dedication to health, while incorporating Paula's love for gardening and the outdoors and Jim's spirituality and affinity for Eastern traditions.

"The JPCF is delighted to provide a lasting and memorable landmark with the Wellness Garden. The MPTF is an organization that the Coburns were very passionate about given their interests in health and giving back to the entertainment community that played such a big part in their lives," said Lynda Erkiletian, Executive Director of The JPCF. "The garden not only provides a beautiful meditation area for MPTF's community, but also celebrates the passions and interests -- the lives and legacies of the Coburns. We are pleased today to be able to honor our dear friends, the Coburns."

The dedication event was marked with guest speaker appearances by Ken Scherer, CEO of The Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, Lynda Erkiletian, Executive Director of The James and Paula Coburn Foundation, James Harrison Coburn IV, son of James Coburn, Andy Garcia, Actor and Producer, John Paul DeJoria, Founder of Patrón Spirits Company and Co-founder of Paul Mitchell Systems, and Mistress of Ceremonies, Susan Blakely, Actress, who shared their personal stories of the Coburns and relayed their experiences with the JPCF. The dedication event was followed by an Eastern tea reception featuring catered goods from the House of An Catering, as well as music and dance entertainment provided by the LA Indonesian Consulate.

"The Wellness Garden is a wonderful gift for the MPTF, and we are very grateful to the James and Paula Coburn Foundation for their generous donation to our Woodland Hills facility," said Ken Scherer, CEO of The MPTF Foundation. "The Coburns have supported MPTF for many years, reinforcing their commitment to giving back to an industry that they highly respected and were proud to be a part of. Jim Coburn's philanthropy was done quietly and thoughtfully, reflective of his character as a man and an actor. I know our residents, staff and visitors will enjoy the beauty of the wellness garden for many years to come."

About the Motion Picture & Television Fund
For the past 90 years, the Motion Picture & Television Fund has served as a beacon for the entertainment community, allowing those whose lives have been enriched by the entertainment industry to lend a helping hand to fellow members. As a charitable organization, the MPTF provides financial assistance and services essential to the livelihood of entertainment industry members and is a leader in the development and implementation of services and programs for seniors and those who care for them. The Fund is supported by the generosity of fellow entertainment industry members who contribute their time and money knowing if they were ever in a tight spot, the MPTF would be there for them too. For more information, visit

About The James and Paula Coburn Foundation
The James and Paula Coburn Foundation (JPCF) is a tax exempt private foundation that supports charitable organizations devoted to the arts and sciences. The mission of the JPCF is to sustain and develop the Coburns' legacy, as bequeathed to the LA Philharmonic, the LA County Museum of Art, the Clairbourn School, KCET Community Television, the Motion Picture and Television Fund, and Operation Smile, in addition to, charities involved in the conduct of treatments or cures for cancer and the care of indigent cancer patients. The foundation is committed to upholding the Coburns' dedication to local and international advancement through music, art, education, as well as, physical and spiritual health. The JPCF is organized as a 501(c)3 charitable trust and operates its main office in Los Angeles, California.

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