PAC Volunteers help you enjoy the show

Volunteers at the Performing Arts Center in Appleton help visitors enjoy the show. (WLUK)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- They can scan your ticket at the door and help you to find your section. Or maybe, help you get settled in, before the start of the show.

Volunteers, like Leah Johnson, play a key part of the Performing Arts Center in Appleton.

The doors opened 15 years ago, and some, like Johnson, have been helping since the beginning.

"It's a great chance to be a part of this community, and see the people who live here and who are involved in the arts," Johnson said.

"I started about six months after the building opened," said Gordon Case, another one of the volunteers.

Case has been volunteering for 15 years at the PAC.

"I like ushering, or being door attendant, which means you hand out programs. And I like greeting, too,” said Case.

On this night, he gets to be an usher. Case says the job is fun and everybody has a good time.

"Feels good to be here. It's organized and we are really appreciated by the staff,” said Case.

"Everyone you see here in a maroon vest is one of our volunteers,” explained Trisha Witt, of the Performing Arts Center.

Witt says the volunteers are vital.

“They're opening the doors, showing you to your seats, helping you at the tables,” said Witt.

Witt says, in all, there are 460 volunteers.

55 have been helping since the beginning.

More than 100 have volunteered for 10 years or more.

"Our volunteers have given us over 26,000 hours a year. That's incredible. That equates to over $600,000 dollars, which is just amazing when you're a non-profit to be able to have that many dedicated volunteers, giving you so much of their time. That time is so valuable, and we are so grateful for them,” said Witt.

For Johnson, it's a job that's enjoyable and she is happy to help.

“It's a lot of fun. It's just a great way to welcome people, to get to know people; the group is wonderful to work with,” said Johnson.

Case agrees, “I don't socialize a lot; this is my way of getting out, I guess."

Getting out to make a difference, and enjoy the show.

Volunteers work about three to four events each month.

Both Case and Johnson say the hours are flexible and easy to work into their schedule.

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