The Bruce Pearl Family Foundation in conjunction with L5 Foundation, an organization dedicated to addressing the essential and basic needs of cancer patients, donated $20,000 to five charities in a ceremony in Knoxville.
Pearl accepted a $10,000 donation to an endowed scholarship in his name to Camp Koinonia, an outdoor education program for children with disabilities.
“It is very personal for my family to be a part of the L5 Foundation and for what it stands for,” said Pearl. “There are so many needy families who can benefit from this support at Camp Koinonia. It was a very special day.”
In addition, the L5 Foundation will donate $2,500 each to the Cancer Institute at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Niswonger Children’s Hospital and the Thompson Cares Fund at Thompson Cancer Survival Center Foundation.
L5 founder Dr. Susan Newman, a medical oncologist at UT Medical Center and University Cancer Specialists, named the foundation for five principles of patients who survive their cancer five years or longer: “the faith to believe, the hope to endure, the determination to overcome, the strength to survive and the passion to win.”
Pearl raised $258,345 for Children’s Harbor last November with the Bruce Pearl Fore the Children Golf Classic, which will again take place this fall. The mission of Children’s Harbor is to help children with serious illness and their families.
“You can’t serve unless you are called upon,” said Pearl.
Throughout his time at both Auburn and Tennessee, Pearl has spent countless hours through selfless community service work and generous stewardship that has made him one of the most influential public figures in both the states of Alabama and Tennessee.
He was named “Knoxvillian of the Year” by Knoxville Metro Pulse in 2008 and also received the prestigious “Knoxville Award” in 2010. The UT basketball program also earned UT Men’s Community Outreach Team Award twice in his six seasons.