Irvine Valley College (IVC) and the Irvine Valley College Foundation are proud to announce the first-ever naming gift for the IVC Performing Arts Center. Masoud Rezanoor, an Irvine resident, pledged $250,000 to provide enrichment opportunities for the music department at IVC. To acknowledge Mr. Rezanoor’s generosity, the Main Stage of the Performing Arts Center will be renamed the Rezanoor Stage.
Mr. Rezanoor is a longtime Irvine resident and retired CPA who loves the community he lives in. His connection with IVC first started when his daughter attended and graduated with her Associate in Arts degree in 2000. When the Covid-19 stay-at-home mandate was implemented, the college campus became a special place where he took long walks to exercise and to calm his mind each day.
When asked what inspired him to make such a contribution, Mr. Rezanoor said, “Irvine Valley College means so much to the community. Over the years, IVC has provided so much for my family and me. This is our way to reciprocate as well as to leave a legacy of our own. I hope this will be a new beginning for the IVC Foundation and to see more community involvement in its mission.”
The gift was made through an irrevocable bequest. Once realized, the funds will make a significant impact by establishing an endowment enabling the Department of Music to bring in guest artists, performers, and lecturers.
“The arts at IVC showcase our dynamic and talented students, faculty, staff, and community,” IVC President Dr. John Hernandez said. “This $250,000 contribution to name the stage and create the Rezanoor Guest Performer Endowment further enhances IVC’s music program by providing resources to facilitate learning opportunities between our students and expert artists. The very existence of the stage provides a way for students to not only develop their interests but also to pursue their dreams of becoming the performers and teachers of tomorrow.”
Since opening in the fall of 2007, the IVC Performing Arts Center has been a home for engaging performances across multiple disciplines including music, theatre, dance, and the communication arts.