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Winding roads: Volunteering brings success

Friday, February 4, 2011

The years sure fly by. If anyone doubts that statement, you should have heard the MMC Education Foundation speaker Saturday night.

With 160 guests in the room and 24 MMC seniors serving as waiters, the room was all ears listening to Chris Bork, a 1993 MMC graduate. To say Bork has changed is accurate. He has done some changing in the physical sense but he is wise in dealing with students and parents.

As he took his listeners on a trip back in time, it was very enjoyable to hear his insights and motivations to get him to where he is today. He hooked the teens in with his tale of maturing and the hoops he had to jump through. It was also pleasant to hear him give accolades to former teachers, some of which are no longer around.

He praised the late Keith Benton and made mention of the "Big Booth" malts which are also gone forever. In the 18 years since Bork graduated from Marcus, many changes have been made. Nothing remains the same. We just keep hoping that whatever changes come forth that they will be just as good or better than in the past. But that is what makes many memories so precious. It's good for today's students and instructors to know how they can affect life, making it a positive one.

Folks chuckled but there also was a feeling of something precious in the room that no amount of money can buy. That is what makes it such a great evening. The food was tasty. The silent auction raised much needed money for scholarships. Donors that give to this idea of supporting higher education are treated with appreciation but it still comes back to the speaker. The warmth and the sense of a community family.

So the second annual MMC Foundation Appreciation Supper was another success and we will be planning on a third as everyone walked around with a large smile on their faces. Around $4500 was raised. HyVee and Jeff's Foodland were major contributors for the meal, as well as senior parents.

Local crafters, plus Cherokee and Marcus businesses donated items for the auction which brought in around $2,000. We also added a raffle, Cash is King, which brought in $1,700. Good things happen to good people.