The newly-named Harold Miossi Hall was unveiled Wednesday, May 16, to a crowded auditorium prior to Audra McDonald’s performance at the PAC. The $1.5 million grant is the largest cash gift ever received in Foundation history.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate Harold Miossi’s legacy,” Trudie Safreno, Board President, said. “We’re also grateful for Howard Carroll’s recognition of the value of our programs.”
Harold Miossi was a San Luis Obispo County rancher, environmentalist and philanthropist whose Charitable Trust has given over $6 million back to this community since his passing in 2006. The Trust has been a presenting sponsor of the School Matinee Program for over four years.“Harold Miossi was passionate throughout his life about how important it is for all members of our community to have access to the arts, and this gift supports Mr. Miossi’s vision,” Howard Carroll, trustee for the Miossi trust, said in a statement. “This gift is intended to support existing programs that are making the arts ever more accessible to young people.”
The endowed grant will be used to fund the Foundation’s School Matinee Program, which brought 10,000 students to free performances during the 2017 – 18 season. Thanks to this generous new grant, the School Matinee Program will welcome 12,000 students to the PAC during the 2018 – 19 season.
The PAC’s main concert hall was originally named for Sidney Harman, who donated the PAC’s audio equipment in 1996. Harman International returned the naming rights to the Foundation in 2014 after a period of 15 years. Howard Carroll, trustee of the Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust, has requested the Foundation to do the same.
“We hope this gift inspires others to consider their own legacy gifts in ways that will help guarantee the future of a program that they hold dear,” said Carroll.
Harold Miossi Hall will remain in name until the year 2033. The Hall’s next performance will be San Luis Obispo Master Chorale’s finale on May 20.