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Community Philanthropist Honored at Israeli University

(l to r) Professor Ben-Zion Levi, Dean of The Irwin and Joan Jacobs Graduate School at the Technion, conferring an Honorary Doctorate on Albert Sweet during an awards cerremony at the campus in Haifa.
(l to r) Professor Ben-Zion Levi, Dean of The Irwin and Joan Jacobs Graduate School at the Technion, conferring an Honorary Doctorate on Albert Sweet during an awards cerremony at the campus in Haifa.
Malibu resident and philanthropist Albert Sweet was awarded an Honorary Doctorate on June 16 at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel's leading university for science and technology, for his vision, creativity and decades-long commitment to Israel and the Technion. His "achievements as a philanthropist, businessman and civic leader are as inspiring as they are numerous," said Technion President Peretz Lavie at the ceremony.

Mr. Sweet, Co-chairman and Founder of Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, is a Technion Guardian — a designation reserved for those who support the university at the highest level. He established the Albert Sweet Experimental Testing Laboratory in the David and Janet Polak Center for Cancer Research among other projects. He also created the Albert Sweet Scholarship Fund to provide financial resources for hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students.

Mr. Sweet has also supported two research initiatives of Nobel Laureate Distinguished Professor Aaron Ciechanover, including The Albert Sweet Program for Targeting Cancer by Modulating Protein Dynamics, which was funded by Mr. Sweet and Craig C. Darian, Co-Owner & CEO of Occidental Entertainment.

Outside of his participation in the American Technion Society Southern California Chapter and its Board of Directors, he supports a number of civic endeavors including Hadassah Medical Center, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and KCET Public Television, and is a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Community Service Award.

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