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Naples Philharmonic Founder Myra Daniels Moving to Ave Maria

md3-350Myra Daniels has taken many turns in her life, from teacher to advertising executive to founder and chief executive of the Naples Philharmonic, now known as Artis Naples. Now, her life is taking another turn – she is selling her home in Naples and moving to Ave Maria.

'I love Ave Maria," she said in an interview with The Ave Herald, "There is a peace that I have never experienced."

Mrs. Daniels has been heavily involved in one of Ave Maria University's most significant projects, the building of a performing arts center and permanent home for a museum about Mother Teresa. (Right, Mrs. Daniels with AMU founder Tom Monaghan at the dedication of the Mother Teresa exhibit in Ave Maria)

"These projects are so important that I'm moving out there," she said, "You cannot get into a project like this unless you get into it 100 percent."

In addition to these projects, Mrs. Daniels said she is excited about being closely involved with young people again.

She said she taught at Indiana University for six and a-half years, calling them "among the happiest days of my life."

"There's nothing more stimulating than being with young minds," she said.

AMU President Jim Towey looks forward to Mrs. Daniels arriving in town. "Ave Maria's new neighbor is a splendid gift to the Ave community," he said. "Her decision affirms my sense that Ave Maria is on the move and its future is brighter than ever. We already are expecting record enrollment and our largest freshman class in history so Myra will be in good company."

Mrs. Daniels is forgoing a placid retirement to keep working on things she's passionate about.

"When I retired from the Phil I turned down a lot of board memberships. I'd had enough of board memberships."

md4-300Then the Ave Maria University project came to her attention.  (Left, Mrs. Daniels with AMU President Jim Towey at the announcement of the performing arts center in February, 2014)

"Mother Teresa was the greatest humanitarian of my time, in my opinion," she said. "To work on this project, for me, it's like being given ice cream."

"I don't think anyone should fully retire," she said. " Change, analyze what you can do, and do it."

She is finishing up one other project she'd undertaken, helping the Salvation Army with a planned facility for "latchkey kids" to use when they are let out from school.

She has her home in Naples on the market and hopes to be in her new home in Maple Ridge by the end of the year. "The people in Ave Maria are exceptional. I'm having a great journey."

Click here for an Ave Herald story on the announcement of the performing arts center from February, 2014

Click here for an Ave Herald story on the dedication of the Mother Teresa exhibit


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