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Esther Koplowitz Foundation awarded Valencia Council of Culture medal

02/03/2010

Esther Koplowitz Foundation awarded Valencia Council of Culture medal

The Valencia Council of Culture awarded its institutional medal to the Esther Koplowitz Foundation for donating two retirement homes for people with psychological and physical disabilities to the city of Valencia, and for its invaluable support for scientific research. The award was presented to the Foundation today by the Chairman of the Council, distinguished scientist Santiago Grisolía.

The Vice-Chairman of the Foundation, Andrés del Río, received the medal on behalf of Esther Koplowitz, whose three daughters, Esther, Alicia, and Carmen, were in attendance. Esther Koplowitz was unable to attend, but expressed her heartfelt thanks to Santiago Grisolía.

Esther Koplowitz Foundation awarded Valencia Council of Culture medal

Representatives of various local authorities and well-known figures from Valencia's cultural, economic, scientific and corporate scene attended, including the Mayoress of Valencia, Rita Barberá; the President of the Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, Marcelino Oreja; and the Chairman of the FCC Foundation, Rafael Montes.

Through her foundation, Esther Koplowitz has donated two retirement homes for the physically and mentally disabled to the city of Valencia. The Nostra Casa home was delivered in 2004 and is managed by the City Government; it offers the most modern treatments and therapies for the elderly with significant physical and mental disabilities. It has capacity for 60 in-patients and 40 at its day centre. The second home is currently under construction, and will have the capacity to treat twice as many patients.

In 2004, Esther Koplowitz was named "adoptive daughter" of the city of Valencia by Mayoress Rita Barberá. Koplowitz's foundation collaborates with various institutions, including the Jaime I Foundation.