Dione ‘Dee’ Negroni-Hendrick, Patron of Arts At Florida Tech and On Space Coast, Passed Away Jan. 5

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SERVICE IS TUESDAY AT 1:30 p.m. AT THE Rockledge Presbyterian Church

Dione Negroni-Hendrick, a compassionate and active patron of the arts at Florida Institute of Technology and across the Space Coast, and a leading advocate for the importance of art appreciation, will be honored today at a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. at Rockledge Presbyterian Church, located at 921 Rockledge Drive. (Image for Space Coast Daily)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Dione Negroni-Hendrick, a compassionate and active patron of the arts at Florida Institute of Technology and across the Space Coast, and a leading advocate for the importance of art appreciation, will be honored today at a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. at Rockledge Presbyterian Church, located at 921 Rockledge Drive.

Mrs. Negroni-Hendrick, known as “Dee,” 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 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 the Foosaner Art Museum.

Dione Negroni-Hendrick, a compassionate and active patron of the arts at Florida Institute of Technology and across the Space Coast, and a leading advocate for the importance of art appreciation, will be honored today at a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. at Rockledge Presbyterian Church, located at 921 Rockledge Drive. Above, Dee is with Don Hendrick. (Image for Space Coast Daily)

“Appreciating the arts is key to becoming a successful global citizen, and the generosity of Dee Negroni-Hendrick and the Foosaner Foundation has ensured that is part of a Florida Tech education,” said Florida Tech President T. Dwayne McCay.

“Dee’s belief in the power and importance of books, music and fine art has made Florida Tech and Brevard County better, richer places, and we will miss her dearly.”

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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.

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