Maverick filmmaker Tyler Perry, who has become an industry unto himself, was responsible for a lot of smiles recently at Finland Middle School in Columbus, Ohio. Perry, who was born Emmitt Perry, Jr. in New Orleans and now lives in Atlanta, showed up at a school concert unannounced and handed over a check in the amount of $100,000. The money went to a foundation set up by teacher Mary Mulvany to provide college scholarships for students from the region’s schools.
Mulvany said, “Hundreds of kids will be helped by what he did,” and Perry, who heard about the foundation while watching television, said, “I want to sponsor as many kids as I can.”
This is not the first time Tyler Perry has made donations to worthy causes. For example, he donated $1 million for Haiti hurricane relief, gave $1 million to the NAACP in celebration of the organization’s 100th anniversary, and contributed $110,000 to Covenant House in Atlanta as well as a 15-passenger van.
It’s about giving back. “God has been good to me,” said Perry, whose films, TV shows and plays have grossed over $400 million.