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March 10, 2006 | Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer
After donating $165 million over five decades, the publicity-shy Harry and Grace Steele Foundation is poised to write its final check. Since 1954, the Newport Beach-based philanthropy has pumped money into an array of causes, including nautical museums, hospitals, contraception and abortion services, Christian groups, colleges and the arts. In its first year, the foundation donated $2,119. In the last two months, it has bestowed $19.
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April 22, 1993
The Harry and Grace Steele Foundation has awarded $1.5 million to the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the largest operating grant ever received by the center, it was announced Wednesday. The grant, to be paid over three years in annual installments of $500,000, will help underwrite the center's dance series and other, unidentified projects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2000 | MARC BALLON and MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Harry and Grace Steele Foundation is dissolving after nearly 50 years during which it showered more than $120 million on arts, educational, environmental and other programs primarily in Southern California. Before it shuts down at the end of next year, the Newport Beach-based charity will make one to three gifts totaling $20 million, "which will benefit the people of Orange County," foundation attorney Wilbur Layman said Monday. He would not elaborate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1997 | JOHN CANALIS
Orange Coast College opened its $2.86-million Harry and Grace Steele Children's Center on Tuesday. With 13,000 square feet, the complex serves 160 children, ages 6 months to 6 years, whose parents are enrolled at the college. It replaces an older center. Designed by Taylor & Associates Architects in Newport Beach, it features six cottage-style classrooms, a kitchen, demonstration area, central living room, library, administrative area and lounge. Center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1991 | GEORGE FRANK
One of the largest area family foundations has awarded the Orange County Community Foundation--a organization that supports social, educational and environmental causes--a challenge grant of $1 million for the development of a permanent community endowment, officials announced Monday. The Harry and Grace Steele Foundation of Newport Beach made the award.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1991 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
Orange Coast College has been awarded a $375,000 matching grant from the Harry and Grace Steele Foundation to renovate the college's 1,200-seat Robert B. Moore Theatre. The 18-month matching grant requires that the college raise an additional $375,000 for the project by July 31, 1992. The first phase of the three-phase theater-revitalization project is expected to cost about $1.2 million.
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February 7, 1991 | CHRIS PASLES
The Pacific Symphony is being given a $200,000 grant--the largest in its 12-year history--from the Newport Beach-based Harry and Grace Steele Foundation, to be paid in $50,000 allotments over four years. The orchestra received the first $50,000 on Tuesday. The grant is the first the orchestra has received from the foundation, which has been making grants for higher education, medical research and the arts since 1953.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1991 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
Orange Coast College has received a $375,000 matching grant from the Harry and Grace Steele Foundation for revitalizing the Robert B. Moore Theatre. The grant requires that the Orange Coast College Foundation raise an additional $375,000 for the project by July 31, 1992. So far, the college has raised $565,000 for the three-phase project, and the $375,000 would have to be matched by new contributions.
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January 25, 1989 | MARK I. PINSKY, Times Staff Writer
Officials of the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Tuesday announced a grant of up to $750,000 from the Harry and Grace Steele Foundation of Newport Beach to subsidize the recent engagement of the New York City Opera. The foundation had intended to fill a projected gap between ticket sales and the costs of mounting the NYCO productions of "Rigoletto," "Die Zauberflote" and "The Merry Widow," according to Center President Thomas R. Kendrick.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1997 | JOHN CANALIS
Orange Coast College opened its $2.86-million Harry and Grace Steele Children's Center on Tuesday. With 13,000 square feet, the complex serves 160 children, ages 6 months to 6 years, whose parents are enrolled at the college. It replaces an older center. Designed by Taylor & Associates Architects in Newport Beach, it features six cottage-style classrooms, a kitchen, demonstration area, central living room, library, administrative area and lounge. Center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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April 18, 1997 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Harry and Grace Steele Foundation in Newport Beach has given the Orange County Performing Arts Center $500,000 to help underwrite its 1997-98 dance series. The grant is the latest of many from the foundation, which gave money for the construction of the center and has supported opera programs there. Also, it is the second $500,000 grant in the space of a week to an arts group in Orange County.
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April 22, 1993
The Harry and Grace Steele Foundation has awarded $1.5 million to the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the largest operating grant ever received by the center, it was announced Wednesday. The grant, to be paid over three years in annual installments of $500,000, will help underwrite the center's dance series and other, unidentified projects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1992 | LISA MASCARO
A matching grant to the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation is the latest fund-raising effort for the city's new library, bringing the foundation close to reaching its $1.5-million goal. The $250,000 grant from the Newport Beach-based Harry and Grace Steele Foundation, which last year gave a $500,000 matching grant, will match community donations dollar for dollar.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1991 | GEORGE FRANK
One of the largest area family foundations has awarded the Orange County Community Foundation--a organization that supports social, educational and environmental causes--a challenge grant of $1 million for the development of a permanent community endowment, officials announced Monday. The Harry and Grace Steele Foundation of Newport Beach made the award.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1991 | ZION BANKS
The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation has received its first major donation in four months of fund-raising to pay for the city's new, $7-million main branch. The Harry and Grace Steele Foundation matching grant will donate one dollar for every dollar raised from other sources up to $500,000. Elizabeth Stahr, co-chair of the library foundation, said the grant funds are retroactive to November, when the foundation began its campaign.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1992 | LISA MASCARO
A matching grant to the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation is the latest fund-raising effort for the city's new library, bringing the foundation close to reaching its $1.5-million goal. The $250,000 grant from the Newport Beach-based Harry and Grace Steele Foundation, which last year gave a $500,000 matching grant, will match community donations dollar for dollar.
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May 9, 1991 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Pacific Symphony announced a recent $200,000 grant from the Harry and Grace Steele Foundation--the largest in the orchestra's history--the group's executive director was understandably excited. The size of the grant, said Louis G. Spisto, "helps us better plan for the future."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1991 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
Orange Coast College has received a $375,000 matching grant from the Harry and Grace Steele Foundation for revitalizing the Robert B. Moore Theatre. The grant requires that the Orange Coast College Foundation raise an additional $375,000 for the project by July 31, 1992. So far, the college has raised $565,000 for the three-phase project, and the $375,000 would have to be matched by new contributions.
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