San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre has announced a $5 million gift from Dr. Andrew Viterbi, which will create The Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Fund. The fund is created in memory of his late wife, who passed away in 2015 and was a longtime supporter of the arts. The couple has supported the theatre for over 20 years.
Old Globe artistic director Barry Edelstein will now have the title The Erna Finci Viterbi artistic director. According to a press statement from The Globe, the gift from the Qualcomm co-founder will help sustain the theatre for the next 10 years and was designed to be “an inspiration to other philanthropists.”
“I’m grateful for this opportunity to memorialize my beloved wife Erna by supporting an institution she valued,” said Dr. Viterbi in the statement. “She particularly enjoyed theatre, as do I and my family, and I believe that the great work of The Old Globe deserves ongoing support, from us and from the wider community. I am pleased to attach her name to Barry Edelstein’s work and the work of this important San Diego institution.”
“The Viterbi family’s commitment to philanthropy is exemplary and inspiring, and we are most grateful,” added Edelstein. “The Old Globe is proud to have been a beneficiary of their largesse for years, and we are thrilled to see our relationship with this remarkable family enter a new chapter with this extraordinary gift. My wife and I enjoyed a meaningful friendship with Erna, and we share her conviction that the arts are a necessary part of a fully lived life. That Dr. Viterbi has framed this contribution as a spur to motivate others to support the Globe is an inspired gesture that will help ensure the Globe’s high-quality work and stability for years to come.”
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