More than 90 individuals were recently recognized for their more than 7,000 hours of combined volunteer service this past year as part of the Usher corps at the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College.

Volunteer ushers play a vital role in presenting a warm welcome to those who attend various functions at the college. They assist with all public events held at the arts complex, from symphony concerts to student productions, and also work at other college events such as commencement, annual dinner and more.  Ushers help direct patrons to their seats, hand out programs, answer questions and host the public.

The college's dedicated corps of volunteer ushers also raise funds for student scholarships and other arts endeavors and have donated more than $10,000 in recent years to the NWFSC Foundation, mostly from the proceeds of concession sales.  Additional ushers are needed.

As ushers often stand or walk for long periods of time, they must be in good health. Ushers received free admission to the events at which they volunteer. For information on becoming a Mattie Kelly Arts Center usher, contact Delores Merrill, house manager, at 850-729-6065.