Penny and Jeff Vinik just gave Tampeños another reason to love them. A press release sent on Thursday said that the Vinik Family Foundation will make a $5 million gift to the Tampa Museum of Art’s endowment.
“The landmark gift will name and endow the position of Executive Director, whose title will be known as the Penny and Jeff Vinik Executive Director of the Tampa Museum of Art,” the release said.
The museum said that the donation amounts to the largest gift made to the Museum’s endowment fund in the institution’s history.
“We’ve been so excited and inspired by Dr. Michael Tomor’s leadership and vision for the future, in particular, his passion for securing the viability of the Museum for generations to come. We want to ensure the stability and financial security of this position,” Penny Vinik wrote.
Jeff Vinik called the gift a way to celebrate the museum’s upcoming 100-year anniversary and support directors of “one of Tampa’s most acclaimed cultural institutions.”
Last fall, the Vinik Foundation made a public showing of Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Room “Love is Calling,” possible.
“I am honored by this transformative gift to the Museum, and we are all grateful to the Vinik’s for their continued support,” Tomor wrote in the statement. “There is no greater legacy gift than a gift to the endowment, and this sets a strong foundation for future leadership to build on.”