Dear Friends of Rockingham County,

MARC-logo-200pxDear Friends of Rockingham County,

We did it! We built a museum! We made a difference! None of this could have happened without the support of our community and people passionate about history like you.

On August 11, 2012 we opened the doors of the Museum & Archives of Rockingham County (MARC) to visiting dignitaries from the Smithsonian Institution, North Carolina Humanities Council, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, our partners in the county, state and local elected officials, and the general public.

In just six weeks, we:

· Welcomed over 3,000 visitors to the museum and our program series

· Hosted over 1,400 Rockingham County students visiting on field trips, and

· Logged over 950 volunteer hours.

The response and praise have been overwhelmingly positive. Rockingham County has a first class museum!

Today we are launching our annual challenge grant drive. Our fundraising goal through 2013 is $150,000. These funds will pay our professional staff and sustain the basic operating costs of the MARC during the upcoming year. The Lillian M. Coleman Foundation has contributed $30,000 to get the program started and we have received an additional $19,000 in support from folks in the community like you. Now we need your assistance to raise the remaining $101,000 during the next six months.

Here’s how you can help.

· Make a financial contribution to ensure that we keep the MARC open.

· Become a member, renew your membership, or purchase a gift membership.

· Spread the word and encourage others to get involved.

Are you are pleased with the MARC–your county museum? Do you see the benefits of the museum for ourselves, our children and our community? If so, please invest in us. We ask for your contribution to help us reach our fundraising goal. Your support will be greatly appreciated.


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