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Frasca named Council for Arts Citizen of the Year

April 24, 2015
By CHUCK?BALLARO ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Bobbie Frasca has served on the board for the Cultural Park Theatre for a decade in nearly every capacity.

Still, when her name was announced by the Cape Coral Council for the Arts and Humanities as Citizen of the Year during their annual awards luncheon Tuesday at Palmetto Pines, it was a shock to her that she had won.

Frasca, who has worked at the Cultural Park Theatre for 10 years and is currently its president, said she had to be prodded to come to the luncheon.

"I was told by June Sommerfield that I had to be there because I was president and that I needed to open my schedule from work to come," Frasca said. "I went not expecting anything."

Frasca couldn't believe her ears when Sommerfield announced her name, leaving her speechless when she accepted her award.

"I was tongue-tied. All I could say was thank you. It was exciting," Frasca said.

Frasca, who works as a case manager for people with epilepsy in the daytime, got started with the theater shortly after moving to Florida from the New York City area in 2004.

Frasca, who was a dancer, joined the theater because they were doing the play "Oliver" and she became part of the chorus. As time went on, she became more involved, including becoming a choreographer, which she did for nine years.

"I joined the board of directors and I've been on it for the past eight seasons. I've been secretary, first vice-president and president," Frasca said. "I've even ushered."

Frasca still finds time to perform. She will be appearing in "The Reveille Revue," a production of the music the troops loved between World War I and today.

In the future, Frasca is looking at becoming a judge for the annual Stars of Tomorrow scholarship program which takes place in the fall. On the same day she won her award, she became a member of the Cape Coral Council for the Arts and Humanities.

The event, which was attended by Mayor Marni Sawicki and most of the members of the city council, featured music from two winners of the annual "Stars of Tomorrow" event. Alexa Parsons, 9, played the piano, Joey Worley, 16, sang, and longtime supporter of local arts, Terry Stewart, also performed.

But the real star was a woman who has worked for so long with no expectation of recognition.

"What I do is my passion. I do it and never think of being recognized. It was humbling and an honor to be given the award," Frasca said.



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