The Maritime Museum of San Diego has received a $5 million donation from Dan McKinney, a long-time museum supporter.
The gift will fund new improvements at the museum to make it more immersive for visitors, including a floating gateway structure that will welcome people and showcase the bayfront.
In appreciation for the major donation, County Supervisor Greg Cox will present a proclamation to McKinney’s family members, proclaiming July 15, 2015 as Dan McKinney Day. This ceremony will take place at the Maritime Museum aboard the Berkeley Ferryboat on July 15.
McKinney graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1942 with an engineering degree. After college, he entered into officer’s training in the U.S. Navy and won combat ribbons as commanding officer of the USS Marmora.
McKinney was chairman of the board of the Dan McKinney Companies -- comprising five beer distributing companies from San Diego to Portland, Ore. He has three daughters and six grandchildren, is a long-time member of the San Diego Yacht Club, the La Jolla Country Club where he was a recent president, and leads local and national trade associations.
“This community has been really good to us. We just really like to help wherever we can,” he said.
Dan and Vi McKinney have made their home in San Diego since 1956. The Dan and Vi McKinney Fund helped support battered women’s services at the YWCA and youth programs at the YMCA. The McKinneys have also contributed to the Humane Society, San Diego Hospice and other charities.