Dione Negroni-Hendrick, a compassionate and active patron of the arts at Florida Tech and across the Space Coast and a leading advocate for the importance of art appreciation, passed away Jan. 5.
As director of the Foosaner Foundation, established by her father Sam, a tax and estate planning attorney and former member of the Florida Tech Board of Trustees, and inspired by her mother, Renee, an artist and teacher, Mrs. Negroni-Hendrick, known as Dee, supported a variety of artistic endeavors, from the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and Community Band of Brevard to the Cocoa Village Playhouse and Henegar Center for the Arts to the Negroni-Hendrick Mobile Library.
One of the foundation’s signature gifts was to Florida Tech.
In 2011, after the former Brevard Art Museum Board of Directors approached the university about a potential takeover of the museum, Mrs. Negroni-Hendrick, acting on behalf of the Foosaner Foundation, made a $1 million gift to Florida Tech to acquire and make improvements to what would become Foosaner Art Museum.
In addition to the museum, the Foosaner Foundation donated funding for the footbridge between the Denius Student Center and the north campus housing area. It was dedicated to her father with a plaque that reads, “Education is your bridge to the future.”
And the Foundation provided a gift to build a gazebo in an area of the Florida Tech Botanical Garden now called the Negroni-Hendrick Pavilion.