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A Legacy of Generosity

Frank and Carol Morsani

Frank and Carol Morsani

Frank and Carol Morsani

Carol Morsani Hall. It's a magnificent performance space that all patrons of the Straz Center know and love.

As one of the busiest venues in the world, Morsani Hall — a 2,610-seat theater and concert space — is widely known for hosting stars from every artistic discipline, including musical theater, dance, opera and symphony.

Equally well known are Frank and Carol Morsani, the generous donors whose gifts have meant so much to the Straz Center.

The Morsanis, natives of Oklahoma, built success in the automobile industry — Frank got his start at Detroit's Ford Motor Co. before founding his own auto dealership in Tampa. They have since made a lasting impact at alma mater Oklahoma State University, where their names adorn facilities and where they have endowed chairs in mathematics, education and ethical leadership.

Of course, their generosity in their adopted hometown of Tampa is the stuff of legend. The University of South Florida, the Tampa Museum of Art and the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay are all beneficiaries of their thoughtfulness.

So, too, is the Straz Center.

"The Center has given us a tremendous amount of joy over the years," Frank says. "We feel very fortunate to have had a hand not only in its past success, but in its future promise."

Carol Morsani Hall was named in Carol's honor in 1996, but the family's generosity has extended to the present day and beyond. As members of the Ovation Society, an association for those who have included the Center in their estate plans, the Morsanis' legacy will benefit Tampa Bay for generations.

"We have loved Tampa from the moment we arrived," says Carol. "We made our business here, raised our family here, and we are delighted to help strengthen the arts here. They are so important to the quality of life in our community."