LASTING MOMENTO — Jean M. Lieber, executive director of the Rome Art and Community Center, 308 W. Bloomfield St., holds a memorial brick at the Rome Art and Community Center on Tuesday. The bricks, part of a fund-raising effort, are designed to provide lasting recognition of RACC supporters and volunteers. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

RACC honors volunteers with dinner, brick display

Published Oct 14, 2018 at 9:00am

The Board of Trustees of the Rome Art and Community Center honored its volunteers with a reception held at the center on Sept. 24.

Ann Peach Lynch, chair of the center’s board of trustees, praised the volunteers for their efforts and dedication, saying that their involvement was essential to nearly every facet of the center’s operations.

“Volunteers are critical to non-profit entities; we are truly blessed to have such a talented group of helpers,” Lynch added. 

To add to the excitement of the evening, with fund-raising bricks placed throughout the center for all to see. The bricks were part of a previous fundraiser and were carefully kept in a secure location while RACC staff worked to obtain is many as they could while also exploring how best to display them.

After consulting with masonry experts, the center was advised to find a way to display the bricks inside the building because of the “softness” of each brick and the fact that time and weather would deteriorate the bricks.

Each brick is now visible, and will be a permanent momento in the organization’s ornate main building.

Each brick is inscribed the way the person wished it to be and there is now also a brass identification piece with each one listing the last name of the person/family, according to an announcement by the center.

Among the supporters or individuals remembered with a memorial brick are: Joel & Holly Amidon; Jill Borgeall; Delores Bravo; Ed and Eurile Cates; Rosaneund G. Childs; the City of Rome; Elaine and Charlie Constantino; Leo Crandell

Bruce and Kay Engelbert; Darlene and Russ Fielding; John and Helen Fisher; Jim Griffin; Raymond A. Gromelski; Jean B. Higgins; Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hinman; the Jacobs Family; John T. and Sylvia Kahler; William Lynch and Ann Peach Lynch;

The New York State Council on the Arts; Bob Olney; Mary Olney; Jack and Shirley Opper; Deborah and Kevin O’Shea; Dr. and Mrs. Ken Robinson, Matt, Melissa and Mara; Rome Musical Artists; Rome Savings Bank; Rome Strip Steel; Michael

Adeline Schmid; Rome Sentinel Company; Penny Simons; The Stevens-Kingsley Foundation; James Christel Spargo; Charles and Gretchen Sprock; Carla P. Till, Allison, Chris, Mark and Emily; Anne Panasci; Carl Panasci; and George and Shirley Waters.

Lynch said that “the bricks are a testament to some of the wonderful people who support and understand the importance of an art and community center in the greater Rome area.”

“We are so very grateful for all who are knowledgeable and supportive of our efforts to offer quality programming,” the
RACC executive director added.