LEE COUNTY, Fla., Dec. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of founding of Art of the Olympians' (AOTO), the organization will host the official grand opening celebration during the first week of March 2011 in the Historic River District of Downtown Fort Myers, in Lee County, FL U.S.A.
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AOTO will welcome His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco to Southwest Florida on March 5, 2011 as he shows his support for the acclaimed Art of the Olympians Museum and Galleries at the Al Oerter Center for Excellence. Prince Albert II, a five-time Olympian in the Bobsleigh event, and a member of the International Olympic Committee, and great supporter of both arts and sports initiatives. Prince Albert's mother; Princess Grace, 1954 Academy Award winning actress and fondly remembered as one of the world's most renowned patrons of the arts.
"Sport and the arts are perhaps the greatest two fields available to leaders who want to affect the lives of an entire population," said His Serene Highness Prince Albert II.
With the support of international Olympian artists, AOTO celebrates human capabilities as in the ancient Olympic Games when an athlete was not only expected to possess great agility and strength, but to also understand and nurture the arts. Art of the Olympians will host a series of events and programs in Southwest Florida in conjunction with the Royal visit.
"Prince Albert's visit to Fort Myers is a milestone in the history of the City not seen since the days when Thomas Edison and Henry Ford resided here. His visit stands as a welcome for millions of people to come visit the Fort Myers area and will help AOTO spread a passion for excellence amongst the international community," said Randal P. Henderson, mayor of Fort Myers, FL U.S.A.
Art of the Olympians is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a passion for human excellence, by promoting the highest principles found in arts and sport to people of all ages and nations that will advance the world towards better global citizenry. For details, www.ArtoftheOlympians.org .
SOURCE Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau