SOURCE: Humanitarian Stanley Tomchin

Humanitarian Stanley Tomchin

February 24, 2015 00:27 ET

Stanley Tomchin Is Avidly Supporting Research Through UC Santa Cruz Foundation

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - Feb 24, 2015) - The University of California Santa Cruz is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, along with the UC Santa Cruz Foundation, which has long provided crucial financial support to further research and education at the prestigious university. President Paul J. Hall seized the opportunity to thank alumni, friends and donors in an open letter for their ongoing help in maintaining the school's outstanding reputation as a prime institution for aspiring scientists. Stanley Tomchin, a renowned philanthropist from Santa Barbara, is deeply committed to fostering education across California and made a generous contribution to the UCSC Foundation, bringing it one step closer to their $300 million goal of The Campaign for UC Santa Cruz.

The public, not-for-profit corporation was founded in 1974 with the aim of raising and increasing philanthropic support for the university and is managed in close cooperation with the school's chancellor, faculty heads and administrative staff. "UC Santa Cruz has a long history of academic excellence and has significantly shaped scientific research projects of the 21st century," says Tomchin. "The school promotes the innovative spirit of its students and inspires them to become world-class scientists who seek to explore and think outside of the box. Our world needs more people like this and I am happy to assist the UCSC's efforts through my donation."

Every year, the UC Santa Cruz Foundation sponsors two signature lectures, the Foundation Forum, which is typically given by the current Foundation Medal recipient, and the Sidhartha Maitra Memorial Lecture, which strives to provide intellectual enrichment. In November 2014, the 14th annual Sidhartha lecture, which was held at the Music Center Recital Hall, featured professor of anthropology, author, filmmaker, and explorer, Wade Davis, who spoke about his bestselling book "The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in a Modern World." The event was sold out well in advance, so the university decided to make the lecture available for live viewing online. "Davis is such an inspiring speaker, scholar and poet," raved Stanley Tomchin. "During his presentation he took the audience on a journey through the history of indigenous peoples from Polynesia to the Andes, from Nepal to the Australian aborigines. There were so many lessons to be learned from his words, maybe most importantly that we need to recognize the value of diversity in the human spirit, the vital role different cultures and varying belief systems have and the necessity to embrace all that despite the oftentimes hectic chaos we are challenged with in our daily lives."

Stanley Tomchin is well known for his charitable activism that has benefitted many causes in his hometown of Las Vegas, NV, as well as national and international organizations. Part of Tomchin's mission is the promotion of environmental protection and the support of sustainable and responsible technologies. To this end he has made a number of significant contributions to a great variety of projects and foundations tackling such issues, amongst them Greenpeace and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, both dedicated to the preservation of the world's oceans and organisms living in it. Educational institutions that have benefited from Tomchin's generosity include the Marty Hennessy Jr. Tennis Foundation, the Ideal School of Manhattan, Communities In Schools of Nevada, Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy, Teach For America, and Nevada State College Foundation.

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