The Herb Ritts
Jr. Memorial Vision Fund at the Jules Stine Eye Institute
at UCLA will receive $100,000 from the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS
two-year-old Ritts fund assists those with HIV-related
eye problems and supports AIDS-related vision care,
research, and education at UCLA. Ritts, the
controversial gay photographer who died in 2002,
worked with the university's Gary Holland, who in 1981
was the first to describe optical effects of
AIDS, to increase awareness of this subject.
The donation will
enable UCLA to convert the Ritts fund to a permanent
endowment, with the goal of building its principal to $1
million for greater annual support for treatment,
research, and education about AIDS-related eye
disease, a press release said.
"It is my
hope," said Taylor in the release, "that my donation
will inspire others to give to this important cause, which
honors our dear friend Herb Ritts and continues his
long-standing support of HIV/AIDS research."