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Investment guru to make money for KU Med fund-raising effort

July 17, 2003

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The second-richest man in the world will help raise money for KU Med breast cancer services.

Warren Buffett, listed behind only Microsoft mogul Bill Gates in Forbes magazine's listing of the world's richest people, will attend a grand-opening reception at Nebraska Furniture Mart in Kansas City, Kan., near the Kansas Speedway.

Buffett, whose investment firm Berkshire Hathaway owns Nebraska Furniture Mart, will attend a gala opening at 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at the store, 1601 Village West Parkway. It will include entertainment, hors d'oeuvres and tours of the store. Officials also will auction several items, including a lunch for four with Buffett, a sheet of $2 bills signed by Buffett and Gates and a grandfather clock personalized by Buffett.

A similar Buffett benefit recently raised $250,000 for a San Francisco foundation that assists the homeless.

Tickets to the gala are $50.

Buffett, 72, of Omaha, Neb., also will attend a pre-gala reception that will be limited to 200 people. All attendees will be allowed to meet Buffett and have photos taken with him. Cost for that event is $500.

Tickets for either event may be purchased by calling (913) 402-1881.

KU also will present the first Rose Blumkin Award for Excellence during the gala to Carol Fabian, a nationally known breast cancer researcher and doctor at KU Med. The award is named for the founder of Nebraska Furniture Mart.

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