San Francisco Opera To Receive $40 Million Gift

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Opera has received a
commitment for a donation of $40 million.

Officials say the donation from board Chairman John Gunn and his
wife Cynthia Gunn is the largest single gift received by the San
Francisco Opera.

The company plans to use the money to fund several new operas,
multimedia projects and outreach efforts. It will use $5 million to fund the general director's chair.

The Gunns' gift comes just two years after longtime patron Jeannik MDequet Littlefield donated $35 million.

John Gunn is chairman and CEO of Dodge and Cox Investment
Managers. He joined the opera's board in 2002.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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