This post first appeared on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.
On June 14, Barbra Streisand opened her home and her wallet for women’s heart health. Tired of gender inequality in research into cardiovascular disease, Streisand hosted a fundraiser dinner for the cause under a tent on the property of the Malibu home she shares with her husband, James Brolin.
Joining Streisand were many of her showbiz friends, some of whom paid as much as $100,000 per couple to support the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Streisand herself donated $10 million toward the establishment of the research and treatment center. The Los Angeles Times reported that she has also solicited additional $1 million gifts from celebrities such as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, media mogul Barry Diller, designers Diane von Furstenberg and Ralph Lauren and financier Ronald Perelman.
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