|Published:||Dec 15, 2013 11:18 AM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 16, 2013 11:52 AM EST|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Southwest Florida's most prominent advocate for the arts, Barbara B. Mann, has died at the age of 100.
Mrs. Mann was the namesake of the performing arts hall and the founder of the Alliance for the Arts and Community Concerts. The hall opened in 1986 after her son, Frank Mann, a former state senator, secured a $7 million loan from the state. Since that time, the center has brought major stars to Fort Myers, most recently, comedian Jerry Seinfeld and rock band Heart in 2012. Comedian Dave Chappelle performed last night.
Mrs. Mann moved to the Fort Myers area back in 1923 when she was just 10 years old. She graduated from Fort Myers High School at the age of 16 and received her diploma from Thomas Edison.
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