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March 14, 2022

Media Advisory: UArizona to announce completion of $23M fundraising effort to build new home for Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine

  • What: University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins will join Dr. Andrew Weil, founder and director of the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, to announce the completion of a $23 million fundraising effort to build a new home for the center. They will be joined by Dr. Victoria Maizes, executive director of the center, and Dr. Michael Abecassis, dean of the College of Medicine – Tucson.
  • When: Wednesday, March 16, 12-1 p.m.
  • Where: Northwest corner of North Cherry Avenue and East Mabel Street
  • RSVP: Media who wish to attend should email Nick Prevenas (
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TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins and Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicinefounder and director Andrew Weil will announce the completion of a $23 million fundraising effort to build a new home for the center.

The new 30,000-square-foot facility will be located on the UArizona Health Sciences campus at 1231 N. Cherry Ave. Construction is expected to begin mid-May and be completed in fall 2023.

Wednesday's announcement will highlight key gifts including a lead commitment of $5 million and multiple $1 million gifts. Robbins, Weil, Abecassis and Maizes will speak Wednesday and will be available for interviews following the event.

Jazz musician and singer Mary Redhouse will perform at the event.

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Media contacts:
Sarah Beaudry
University Alumni and Development Program
Nick Prevenas
University Communications

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About the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine
The Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine (AWCIM) at the University of Arizona is leading the transformation of health care by training a new generation of health professionals and by empowering individuals and communities to optimize health and wellbeing through evidence-based, sustainable, integrative approaches. AWCIM is internationally recognized for its evidence-based clinical practice, innovative educational programs and research that substantiates the field of integrative medicine and influences public policy. For more information, visit: (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter).

About the University of Arizona Foundation
Now in its 64th year, the University of Arizona Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the University of Arizona through philanthropy. Since its inception, the foundation has helped generate more than $3 billion in private funding to support and elevate the university's global leadership position in experiential and interdisciplinary education, research and entrepreneurial partnerships. The University of Arizona is ranked on The Chronicle of Philanthropy's list of America's Favorite Charities, the 100 American organizations that raise the most money annually.

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences
The UArizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. UArizona Health Sciences includes the Colleges of Medicine (Tucson and Phoenix), Nursing, Pharmacy, and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona, the greater Southwest and around the world to provide next-generation education, research and outreach. A major economic engine, Health Sciences employs nearly 5,000 people, has approximately 4,000 students and 900 faculty members, and garners $200 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram).


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