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Berwick $10 million gift to advance new hall

  • Oct 13, 2011
[caption id="attachment_6182" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Jan Lariviere of the UO; Andy and Phyzz Berwick. Photos by Jack Liu."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_6183" align="alignright" width="126" caption="John Evans discussed the hall in context of its use by the OBF"][/caption]

Andy and Phyllis "Phyzz" Berwick, OBF major donors and members of the Conductor's Society, today announced a $10 million gift towards a potential new performance hall on the University of Oregon campus. The announcement was made in the EMU building, significant as the spot where Andy met Phyzz back in their UO student days.

John Evans, OBF executive director, and Brad Foley, dean of the UO School of Music and Dance, introduced Andy and the project as part of the gift announcement. The planned hall would seat approximately 1,200.

Here's the news release from the UO:

The University of Oregon today announced a $10 million gift from alumni Phyllis and Andy Berwick. The gift is a commitment to support a potential new performance venue to be funded primarily by private gifts. Plans for the new facility are still under review.

"We are immensely grateful to Phyzz and Andy for their generosity over the years," said UO President Richard W. Lariviere. "They are loyal Ducks whose leadership remains invaluable to the university."

The new performance hall is part of an overall strategic plan for a potential renovation and expansion of the Erb Memorial Union (EMU) and Student Recreation Center. The expansion is a capital construction priority. The university and student leaders are currently reviewing plans for this expansion.

"This is a trifecta for Phyllis and me," said donor Andy Berwick. "This is where three of our greatest passions come together-the Oregon Bach Festival, the EMU, and the University of Oregon."

Andy Berwick, who graduated from the UO in 1955, is a real estate developer and founder of Berwick Pacific Corp. in San Mateo, Calif. Phyllis Berwick, a 1956 graduate, is a former teacher.

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