February 26, 2014
Pacific Symphony has received a $2-million gift from a longtime board member and his wife, the group announced in a release Wednesday. The donation from James Emmi, a member of the symphony's board of directors for 23 years, and his wife Catherine, a leader in the support groups Symphony League and Symphony 100, will support orchestral operations and endowment. "Pacific Symphony is honored to receive this gift and admires James and Catherine Emmi for their philanthropy and commitment to symphonic music and the performing arts," symphony President John Forstye said in a statement.
June 16, 2006
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Irvine, which provides continuing education for retired and semi-retired people, received a $1-million endowment this month from the Bernard Osher Foundation. The institute, founded at UCI nine years ago, provides courses for senior citizens taught by UCI professors and other community volunteers. The endowment will allow for new course offerings, outreach services and fundraising to establish a home for the Osher institute at UCI. The program currently operates through UCI Extension.
January 27, 2000
The Rotary Club of Costa Mesa recently presented OCC with a check for $18,169 to create a scholarship endowment for the school's "College for Kids" program. College for Kids is a year-round OCC program managed by the school's Community Education Department. Through the endowment fund, low-income youths from Costa Mesa will be afforded the opportunity to attend OCC for College for Kids classes, workshops, camps and activities. The College for Kids program encourages elementary, middle and high school students to enroll in noncredit computer, language, art, music, drama and science classes.
June 20, 2000
Alex Coolman SANTA ANA -- A Corona del Mar arts patron announced today a $5-million grant to Opera Pacific, a gift that will boost the opera's outreach efforts and become the foundation of its endowment. Susan Samueli, wife of technology company Broadcom Corp. co-founder Henry Samueli, said her enthusiasm for the overall artistic quality of the opera and the strength of its youth programs were major factors in her and her husband's decision to make the donation.
January 28, 2005
KOCE-TV initiative to take wing Feb. 4 Public broadcasting station KOCE-TV's Butterfly Initiative is set to kick off on Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. at Roger's Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. The initiative attempts to unite communities through projects that have a positive and lasting affect on the future of Orange County. The first project is the launch of an endowment to fund arts and sciences education in the county. In support of that goal, more than 50 of the area's finest artists have created a collection of butterfly sculptures that will be auctioned in the Butterfly Initiative's first fundraiser to support the arts and sciences endowment to fund for the county.
December 4, 1999
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- Six weeks after library trustees threatened to fire their fund-raising arm, leaders on both sides are saying detente is almost at hand. In October, the library Board of Trustees sent a forceful letter threatening to sever its relationship with the Library Foundation because of differences over finances and control, even threatening to banish the nonprofit group from library premises. Since then, the two parties have held marathon meetings to come to some sort of resolution.
November 16, 2004
Alicia Robinson Butterflies have alit in Newport Beach in sculptural form, and starting in February they'll help spread education in the arts and sciences around Orange County. Famed marine artist Wyland on Monday unveiled a sculpture of a butterfly whose wings he painted with tropical fish to usher in the Butterfly Initiative, a new community program spearheaded by the KOCE-TV Foundation. The initiative sets up an endowment to fund education in the arts and sciences.
October 29, 2005
Here's what you don't know: Five years ago, the board of trustees of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District agreed to create an endowment to be funded by 2007 with 4% of its annual budget. The plan was that upon completion of its bond payments, the district would have an identical amount set aside so future bonds -- taxes to you and me -- would not be necessary. We have about 14 months left to go before 2007, and the board has less than $1 million in the endowment. That is not even close to being on track.
July 25, 2011
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts has reported a modest rise in attendance and revenue for the 2010-11 season that recently ended. The center in Costa Mesa said the increases were due largely to blockbuster-type shows such as the visiting high-tech "Peter Pan" and touring Broadway musicals. But the financial outlook for Orange County's largest arts organization still looks uncertain, and its long-term goal of raising $240 million to pay the construction debt on the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, which opened more than four years ago, remains unrealized.
February 12, 2000
Richard Dunn What the late Myron McNamara represented was more than simply attacking the net, teaching a serve-and-volley game and emphasizing proper court etiquette to his hundreds of devoted pupils. McNamara never sought the limelight, but a light always followed him. A World War II hero as a bomber pilot, notable member of a barnstorming tennis tour to promote the game in the 1950s and the UCI men's tennis coach from 1966 to 1979, McNamara has a legacy that holds serve against anyone.