Representatives of Martha (Sunny) C. Auerspberg von Bulow, the socially prominent Rhode Island woman who has been in a coma for 10 years, have donated $60,000 to a charity on her behalf.
A committee of her three children, her lawyer and an executive from Chemical Bank, where her account is handled, decided to donate the money to the New York Times Neediest Cases Fund.
Mrs. von Bulow fell unconscious on Dec. 21, 1980. Her husband, Claus, was accused and eventually acquitted of inducing the coma with a shot of insulin.
The $60,000 donation was one of the largest of the year to the fund, which also received checks of $150,000 each from Paul Newman and from the Starr Foundation in Manhattan and a gift of $125,000 from the Willard T.C. Johnson Foundation Inc. in Manhattan. The proceeds from the charity go to seven charities.
Annie Laurie Isham, Mrs. Von Bulow's oldest daughter, said in a statement: "We could think of nothing that she would want to do more than help those that cannot help themselves. Mother loved Christmas, and this holiday season has been a particularly harsh one for the sick and the poor."