Betty Ford will grants $500K to namesake rehab

LOS ANGELES (AP) -August 11, 2011

Officials at the center say /*Betty Ford*/ approved the donation in mid-June, three weeks before her death on July 8. The rehab based in Rancho Mirage, Calif., is also slated to receive another $100,000 from a foundation former president Gerald Ford and his wife founded a decade ago.

The $500,000 donation was announced Wednesday.

Betty Ford co-founded the center that bears her name and has treated stars and non-celebrities alike since 1982. For years, she personally greeted patients, and the center says last year she granted the facility the rights to use her name forever.

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