Arts Center Volunteer Ushers & Docents Recognized
The Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College recently honored the volunteer docents and ushers who served this past arts season. The 100 Mattie Kelly Arts Center ushers volunteered more than 7,000 hours this year, serving patrons who attended events scheduled at the center. The 20 Art Gallery docents volunteered a total of more than 563 hours serving visitors to the center's two Art Galleries. June Jepson of Valparaiso was recognized as having contributed the most volunteer hours as an Art Gallery Docent since last April.
Ushers and docents normally commit to serve September through July and receive training. Ushers receive complimentary admission to the show occurring the night they serve. Docents who serve in the Art Galleries prior to a theater performance may also receive complimentary admission on a space available basis. Additional volunteer docents and ushers are needed. For information on becoming an usher contact Delores Merrill, House Manager, at 729-6065 and for Art Gallery docent information contact KC Williams, Gallery Director, at 729-6044.
Ushers direct patrons to their seats, hand out programs and most importantly, present a warm welcome to patrons of all events held at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. They also assist with scrapbooking, concessions, and other behind-the-scenes needs at the center. Art Gallery docents help enhance the viewing experience of visitors to the center's two galleries by offering information and insight about current exhibitions and the college's permanent art collections. Docents also present a traveling art exhibits in local schools.
Recognized for serving as Art Gallery Docents and Volunteers were:
Crestview: Audrey Stevens, Laura Stevens
Niceville/Valparaiso: Kayla Doescher, Tom Feick, Renata Gauvin, Audrey Haines, Kelcey Hall, Kay Harter, John Hipp, June Jepson, Ann Johnson, Marilyn Mefford, Liz Schwiller, Karen Valdes, Elizabeth Welch
Shalimar: Ed Fox, Nancy Litten, Pat Marcus, Vivian Marcus
Sneads: Mary Leah Williams
Recognized for serving as Ushers during the 2011-12 arts season were:
Crestview: Kathie Justice, Margaret Larson, Tonya Nascimento, Lucy & Jim Smith
Destin: Anna & Wayne Leone, Steve Strauss
Florala, AL: Marsha & John Hooten
Freeport: Heather Perez
Fort Walton Beach: Caroline Brehm, Sandy Contreras, Gloria Deberry, Pam & Leroy Donald, Betty & Fred Doyle, Una Hevener, Astrid & Phil Krajeck, Mary-Anne Lovato, Valarie Valade, Nancy & Charley Dyess, Dodie & Dan Glowa
Miramar Beach: Mary Ellen Hable
Niceville: Gilbert March, C.V. & Sandra Miller, Inge Ackerman, Darlene Anderson, Eileen Arpke, Audrey Bailey, Diane Barr, Mindy Barrett, Phil Block, Michele Boles, Joan Bowman, Jane Broestler, Yolanda Byrd, Joy Crimmins, Cathy Currier, Sammie & Stan Davis, Sharol Durrenberger, Jan & Kurt Eichorst, Katie Furby, Michele Gomez, Marjorie Gray, Dee Gulbranson, Susie Hagwood, Bob & Audrey Hains, Laurie Hardy, Eleanor Harris, Be Hinely, David Kaplan, Lee Fryer, Carol Lumsden, Sue & Lee Marion, Cheryl Mcdermott, Dave Miller, Lynette & David Pearce, Ali Pfeffer, Marsha Plinske, Vicki Richburg, Roxanne Ruckdeschel, George Sebren, Angela Smith, Anne Smith, Roselyn Stone, Paul Summitt, Ann Surmiak, Caroleen Swanson, Barbara & Bill Thaler, Judy Van Rees, Jim Washington, Gary Wendel, Cathy White, Nancy Whitehouse, Liz Williams, Sharon Johnson, Melissa Pearce, Eve Scarborough
Shalimar: Liz Aylor, Lolly Korn, Nancy Litten, Sheila Stetzler, Pat & Jim Wood
Valparaiso: Pat D’aquila, Edith Santucci, Jean Smith
PHOTO: Marjorie Cox Gray - Usher Historian, Audrey Bailey - Head Usher and Dee Gulbranson - Hospitality Chairman present Dr. Cliff Herron (left) Executive Director of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center and Dr. Ty Handy (right), president of NWF State College, with a mock check for $105,000 to represent the approximate value of the more than 7,000 hours volunteered this year by the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Ushers in support of cultural programs at the fine and performing arts facility.