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Lebanon woman receives warm video message from Hult Center

Liana West had tickets to see Les Miserable this summer but because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Hult Center called to let her know the show was postponed.

Posted: Apr 17, 2020 11:53 PM
Updated: Apr 20, 2020 12:26 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- A Lebanon woman was moved when a simple phone call from the Hult Center turned into so much more.

Liana West had tickets to see Les Miserable this summer but because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Hult Center called to let her know the show was postponed. But West said the phone call turned into a much-needed human interaction after being quarantined in her home for 48 days.

"It's really difficult to be locked in your place when you're used to going out," West said. "It's easy to lose track of time."

West said the phone call was a therapeutic for her because she and her family have to take extra precautions. She said they cannot leave their apartment because two of her sons are considered high risk when it comes to COVID-19.

Then, West received an email in her inbox from the caller, "Mimi." It was a link to a video that staff in the Hult Center Ticket Office made wishing her encouragement during this difficult time. Adam Devries, the ticket office manager, said he and his staff wanted to do something special for her.

"We all kind of instinctively had the same reaction to say we need to do something more to let her know that all of us as staff care about her and want to show her we're thinking about her," Devries said. "We just wanted to do something to put a smile on her face."

West said she wants to give the biggest thanks to "Mimi," for listening and caring about her.

"Hopefully when this is all over I can go to the Hult Center and give you a hug," West said. "Thank you so much for your kindness, we really appreciate it, thank you."

Devries said the public should know this time in our lives is just an intermission, the curtain will rise once again. 

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