You can often find Marie Mitchell volunteering as an usher at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Sometimes she has helped usher those same performances into being. Each season, Mitchell sponsors a dance work for N.C. Dance Theatre. She also supports the Charlotte Symphony, Opera Carolina and other groups, and Theatre Charlotte just made her a lifetime member in honor of her contributions.
Before Blumenthal: For decades, Mitchell and her late brother owned Michel's, a tobacco and gift shop on the same block - on Trade Street - where Bank of America's home office now stands.
On philanthropy: "I'm not going to be able to take it with me. I'm able to do it, because I've been fortunate - more so than a lot of people today. ... I like to help people while I'm here on this earth."
More info: www.blumenthalarts.org.