September 08, 2015

Gifts Roundup: $13.5 Million for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Calif.

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The new Segerstrom Center for the Arts will be named for the real-estate investor George Argyros and his wife, Julianne.
A roundup of notable gifts compiled by The Chronicle:

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Real-estate investor George Argyros, and his wife, Julianne, pledged $13.5 million to the Coast Mesa, Calif., performing-arts center for a new central plaza and other building projects.

Mr. Argyros, a former U.S. Ambassador to Spain, is one of the original donors that helped establish the arts center in the 1980s. The plaza will be named for the couple.

University of Wisconsin at Madison

Tom Falk, the chief executive of personal-care company Kimberly-Clark, and his wife, Karen, a former teacher, pledged $10 million to the university for need-based scholarships and endowed professorships.

They plan to donate some of the money and the remainder will come as a bequest.

The Falks are university alumni who graduated in 1980. Ms. Falk graduated from the School of Education, and Mr. Falk earned a degree in accounting from the business school.

Philadelphia Police Athletic League

Josh Harris, who owns the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team, pledged $3.5 million to the Philadelphia Police Athletic League through his Harris Family Foundation. The money will be given over five years and will support a variety of programs and administrative costs.

Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts

John H.O. La Gatta, a retired investment banker, gave $2 million for endowment and education programs. Mr. La Gatta has served on the museum’s Board of Trustees for 18 years.

The donor’s father was John La Gatta Sr., an American illustrator best known for his glamorous depictions of women for magazine covers and romance novels in the 1930s and 1940s. He died in 1977.

Heritage Foundation

Betty Anderlik gave $2.7 million to the conservative think tank to endow the vice president post for the organization’s Institute for Family, Opportunity, and Culture.

Ms. Anderlik is the widow of Joseph Anderlik, a partner in a civil-engineering firm in Minnesota, who died in 2005.

Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester

Emmy-winning television and film music composer Jeff Beal and his wife, Joan, a singer, pledged $2 million to establish the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media.

Mr. Beal, who earned a bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School in 1985, will serve as artistic director of the institute. Ms. Beal received a bachelor of music degree from the school in 1984. She has performed with a variety of professional ensembles, including Musica Viva, Musica Sacra, the San Francisco Opera Company, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

The couple collaborated on the music and vocals for the HBO series Carnivàle and Rome, and on the operatic vocals on House of Cards.

To learn about other big donations, see our database of gifts of $1 million or more, which is updated throughout the week.

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