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California Supplement Manufacturer Pledges $500,000 for New Library at ABC.
A major manufacturer of herbal supplements has made an unprecedentedd pledge to support ABC's new Education Center.

Dick Marconi, president and chairman of Global Health Sciences Incorporated of Orange, California, recently pledged $500,000 to the Capital Campaign of ABC. This pledge will provide funds to create a library and resource center in the Herbal Education and Research Building now being planned and designed at Case Mill. The proposed library will house materials dedicated to the education and promotion of the safe and effective use of medicinal plants and will provide the public access to an enormous wealth of source information.

Dick Marconi has been a significant supporter of herbal research and development throughout the past three decades. As a former pharmaceutical salesman, he has built Global Health Sciences, Inc., into one of the world's largest manufacturers of dietary supplements with international sales in more than 60 countries. With great generosity and foresight, Marconi has dedicated his life to making millions of people take their health more seriously.

Through the Marconi Foundation for Kids, he has continually raised close to $1 million annually for children's charities. It is from this dedication that ABC has benefited from yearly donations since 1995. Global Health Sciences Inc. is the parent company of D&F Industries, Omni-Pak Industries, and affiliates.

ABC most appreciatively acknowledges Dick Marconi's generosity and foresight in assisting this nonprofit organization with its goal of educating the public on the responsible use of herbs and phytomedicinals.

Contributors to ABC's Capital Campaign

The following companies and individuals have made and pledged contributions toward Phase I: The Case Mill Capital Campaign

Visionaries - $500,000 and greater

Global Health Sciences

Architects - $100,000 to $499,999

Builders - $50,000 to $99,999

Enzymatic Therapy(*)

New Hope Communications(*)


Connie and Julian Whitaker(*)

Madis Botanicals/Pure World(*)

Planners - $10,000 to $49,999

Nature's Bounty

Bio Botanica(*)

Nature's Herbs(*)

Botanicals International(*)

Nature's Way(*)


Pharmaton Natural Health Products

East Earth Herbs(*)

Stryka Botanics Co.

Indena USA(*)

Traditional Medicinals(*)

Whole Foods Market(*)

Müggenburg Extrakt-North America(*)

Supporters - $5,000 to $9,999

AK Equipment

Haworth Press

Frances and Alfred Blumenthal

Henkel Corp

Mark Blumenthal(*)

Lichtwer Pharma US Inc.

Cosmopolitan Trading/Kava Kompani(*) Michael Marcus and Janet Zand


Nutrilite, a division of Amway

Fetzer Foundation


General Nutrition Centers (GNC)

White River Hardwoods

Other Contributors

American Ingredients, Donald J. Brown, ND, Celestial Seasonings, Chai-Na-Ta Corp., Chemco Industries, Inc., Flora Manufacturing & Distributors, Steven Foster, Healthnotes Online, Herb Pharm, Herbs for Kids, Hilary's Distribution, Indiana Botanical Gardens, Interweave Press, Jason Natural Products,(*) Dr. and Mrs. Steven R. King, Laboratories Mixim, M.W. International, Metagenics, Natural Business Communications, NOW Foods, Pharmanex, Pharmline, Inc., PhytoMed International, Mark Plotkin, Ph.D., Prince of Peace Enterprises, Procter & Gamble, Pro Pac Labs, Pure Gar, QBI - Quality Botanical Ingredients, Swedish Herbal Institute, Trout Lake Farm, Tsumura, Wakunaga of America, Inc., David Winston, Herbalist & Alchemist, Xylomed Research, Inc.

(*)Multi-year pledge

Article copyright American Botanical Council.


By Nancy Beckham