CENTER HIGHLIGHT: The 2018 Usher Recognition Ceremony and Dinner

As always, it was great to see so many of you this past Tuesday night. We had a great time! Let’s recap:


 We started off with some opening words and Executive Director Ted shared the new Mission Statement for DPAC and his appreciation for the great work you do for the Center to make that mission a reality.


After literally picking numbers out of a hat to see which table got to eat first first, dinner was served! We had our annual chicken and potluck combo. Thanks to everyone for the delicious side dishes!

 As is tradition, after dinner we shared our favorite events of the past year. The usher favorites always cover a wide range of events and highlights what great programming we have over here at DPAC!










The most popular were Presenting Series artists Itzhak Perlman, Chloe Agnew and the Atlanta Pops, the Preservation Hall Jazz event and Patti LuPone (with ND student singers!). Sorin: A Notre Dame Story was also on the top of many lists.

The Presenting Series was well represented with the above-mentioned artists plus Nathan and Julie Gunn, Third Coast Percussion, and UZIMA!

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival’s Cabaret Event with Angela Ingersoll was a hit with those who got to see it, as well as last weekend’s one man show by Notre Dame Legend Rocky Bleier.

Our Browning programming was represented by the MET Operas, The Jewish Film Festival with films The Last Suit and Foxtrot getting special mention and the 1968 series with Black Panthers signaled out. Individual films such as The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, The Post and Itzhak (The Movie!) also got notices.

The Notre Dame student talent again was on display this year.  Not only were the singers with Patti LuPone mentioned, but also the Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra, the Italian Languages Concert, and DPAC favorite Alex Mansour’s student recital. Also FTT students brought us successful runs of Native Gardens and Spring Awakening that were worthy of praise.

Young local talent was represented as well, with Southold Dance- Don Quixote and the South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra.

 The diversity in selections was so vast that even giving tours in The Reyes during an Open House got a shout out!

 After sharing our favorites, we handed out the hours pins. Congratulations again go out to our ushers who were recognized for their hours of service. Here they are:


500 Hours:






Leslie G.

Peggy H.

Reynaldo H.

Rita K.

Rosanne M.

Nancy Jo P.

Bob R.

Dan S.


750 Hours:






Greg D.

Lorraine G.

Phyllis L.

Robin L.

Mary W.


1000 Hours:






Pat G.

Louann K.

Phyllis W.

Norma W.


1250 Hours:






Nancy M.

Mary Beth M.

Becky T.


1500 Hours:






Diane H.

Pete S.

 If you weren’t at the ceremony and are one of this year’s recipients, congrats are in order! Please ask a house manager on your next shift and we’ll gladly give you your pin and a round of applause!

Thanks again to all of you for another great year and for donating so much of your time and energy to the Center! We look forward to many more years with all of you!



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