7:07: Dusty Wellborn was named this year's Springer celebrity.
Paul Pierce said she had served many roles at the Springer, including on the stage and a staffer.
She said that she knew it was real because "my name is actually written in stone."
Wellborn chose Lillie Langtry, who once performed on the Springer stage.
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She said Langtry was an individual, and quoted something she had written.
Wellborn went on to say she is a big fan of the Springer Theater Academy and urged people to support the capital campaign.
She also urged the audience to buy season tickets and join the Springer Society to support the Springer Opera House.
She said her husband, Sam, had bought their season tickets this afternoon, so she was comfortable asking everyone to buy them tonight.