Frost School of Music Announces $2 Million Gift from Philanthropists Swanee and Paul J. DiMare

February 08, 2014 — Coral Gables, FL — The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music at the University of Miami announces a $2 million gift from Swanee and Paul J. DiMare through the Paul J. DiMare Foundation in support of the Frost School of Music Building Fund. This gift supports the construction of a planned 200-seat recital hall at the Frost School of Music. The building is one of three slated for construction at the Frost School during Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami. The lobby of the planned new recital hall will be named the Swanee and Paul J. DiMare Lobby in their honor.

The Paul J. DiMare Foundation also pledged $6 million to fund scholarships at the UM Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine with recipients known as DiMare Medical Scholars. The financial assistance will help attract the country’s most promising medical students to the Miller School. The DiMare Foundation also pledged an additional $500,000 to the Miller School’s Sports Medicine Division for research related to regenerative medicine in sports.

“Swanee and I are proud to be part of such a wonderful institution. The University of Miami touches so many lives in our community and beyond. We hope our support will contribute to the University’s great work in a meaningful way,” said Paul DiMare.

The DiMares have contributed more than $12.5 million through the Paul J. DiMare Foundation to the University's Momentum2 campaign, which began in 2008. The DiMares are vice chairs of the campaign and Paul DiMare is a member of the University’s Board of Trustees.

“Swanee and Paul DiMare are pillars of our community with deep ties to the University of Miami,” said Donna E. Shalala, president of the University. “We are so thankful for their leadership and extraordinary commitment to the University’s mission. They are genuine heroes.”

Frost School of Music’s Dean Shelly Berg commended the DiMares for their “commitment to improving student life at the University of Miami and the facilities in which our students and faculty can make music together. Their substantial gift brings us closer to building a state-of-the-art recital hall in the heart of the music complex that our students and patrons will enjoy for generations to come. Naming the lobby in their honor will symbolize their caring spirit for the students of our great school.”

The new recital hall will feature full-length windows at the back of the stage overlooking Lake Osceola and Cobb Fountain. Its intimate “jewel box” design will make this hall ideal for chamber music and other acoustic concerts. Other prominent building features include a dramatic lobby with grand staircase, a lakeside terrace and a beautiful reception suite with outdoor balcony. The building will integrate beautifully with the adjacent L. Austin Weeks Center for Recording and Performance and the nearby Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios (now under construction).

Under the experienced leadership of its Momentum2 Campaign Chair, UM senior trustee David R. Weaver, along with Dean Shelly Berg and Associate Dean for Advancement Holly Freyre, the Frost School has already reached 64% of its $40 million campaign goal. David Weaver is the Frost School’s Visiting Committee Chair and he and his wife Dorothy Collins Weaver have pledged to name the auditorium in the new recital hall.

Details regarding the Frost School of Music’s capital campaign and additional building naming opportunities may be found at or

Paul DiMare is the president of DiMare Brothers, Inc., and DiMare Homestead, Inc., an organization of growers, packers, and shippers of whole fresh fruits and vegetables.

Swanee and Paul DiMare were recognized in 2007 for their community-wide and far-reaching philanthropy with the Outstanding Philanthropists Award given by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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