The best

By whatever name, Rockdale’s MARC Center excels for 46 years

There are a large number of worthy organizations in Rockdale and South Milam County. One that is exceptional above and beyond the call of duty is holding a major fund raiser Saturday to benefit an expansion program.

Forty-six years ago a group of parents and other volunteers gathered in homes, determined to provide some after school activities, and nurturing, for what were then called “retarded” children.

That word is being dropped but Rockdale’s MARC—which will keep its acronym—has been doing just that for almost a half century. It has expanded and flourished to the point where its MARC Center has been enlarged by 1,500 feet.

MARC is something special. If you’ve watched its “consumers” over the years, that’s obvious. You can see in their eyes and smiles how much MARC means to them.

It’s more than just a place to go and “do stuff”. It’s a place that cares, that nourishes. It’s home.

Some have been with MARC for decades, have literally grown up with the organization and with each other. There are quite a few consumers in their 50s and yet MARC also has grown with the times and can handle the needs of a new generation of consumers in the 20s, who are reflective of a high-tech generation.

But MARC has had an impact which can’t be quantified by numbers. Some of its original clients have passed away in recent years. Think of how much their lives were enriched by having this organization through the decades.

There are volunteers who have been in MARC for decades, some as long as it’s been around. Their motivation has been easy to discover. It’s called love.

MARC’s barbecue and fund raiser is held Saturday at The Ranch in conjunction with the annual MARC Run (motorcyles and vehicles). Barbecue starts at 11:30 a.m. and a live auction at 4:30 p.m.

MARC—whatever those initials end up standing for—is the best. It deserves our support.—M.B.

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