MARC Inc. of Manchester's goal is simple: to support those with developmental disabilities in Manchester and surrounding towns.
What's not so simple is finding the funds to maintain their outreach and advocacy.
In 1952, the organization a group of parents whose children had disabilities founded the organization, which now offers assistance with finding residential and employment opportunities and is dedicated to advocacy on the local, state, and national levels.
Tuesday night, MARC Inc. partnered with Buffalo Wild Wings in Manchester to fundraise and bring awareness to the organization.
"We have been doing fundraising with area restaurants and businesses for the past 20 plus years," MARC Inc. Director of Marketing, Kevin Zingler said. "It creates awareness about MARC Inc. and allows local businesses to give back."
Local franchise owner, Sarah Maggi Morin agrees, and said, "We know that they are a critical part of the community and very well thought of.
"These kinds of events are central to our goal and mission statement. We really look to different organizations who are so instrumental in the community," Morin said.
Buffalo Wild Wings offered a portion of their proceeds from that night's sales to MARC Inc.
"We had a lot of people come out from the community," Zingler said.
Many businesses have in place a corporate partnership or giving program. Partnering with local organizations like MARC Inc. fulfill that promise as well as connects them to people in the community who may not otherwise be a regular customer.
"It's an efficient fundraising vehicle," Morin said. "We are a celebratory business and we give them an opportunity to come together and celebrate what they are doing," she said.
"It’s a win all the way around," Zingler said.
Once the final amount raised is tallied, Zingler says that the restaurant will be presenting them with a check towards their programming.
"We will do it again," Morin said. "We want to have a great place in the Manchester community and we know that MARC, Inc. is a great place in the Manchester community."