Lynn A. Damon, a Glastonbury-based, nationally renowned professional photographer, today announced she was recently selected to join the Board of Directors at MARC, Inc, of Manchester,a not-for-profit agency that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to live, work, and enjoy their community independently with dignity and pride.
Lynn has been close to MARC for decades, starting in the 1980s when her late sister Jane Alemany, who had Down syndrome, became a client of MARC as an adult. At MARC, Jane found meaningful employment opportunities at local community businesses, made many lifelong friends and smiled everyday. Through the years, Lynn became more deeply involved with the organization as a volunteer, an event committee member and a fundraiser.
Since Jane’s passing in October 2014, Lynn established and produced “Janie’s Dance Party”, in memory of her sister, who loved music, glamour and dancing. The annual fundraiser party features live music, dancing, food and fun for MARC clients, staff, family and friends and the broader community.
In 2015, Damon also undertook an ongoing art project w/ MARC in Jane’s honor, photographing, printing and donating portraits of nearly 300 clients within the MARC community. On permanent display in MARC’s main entrance, the canvases of the “Faces of MARC” installation are reflective of MARC’s mission to see and celebrate people, not disabilities.
“MARC has sought to bring economic opportunities, fun, stability, independence and a strong sense of purpose to area adults with developmental disabilities. For decades, they’ve partnered with beneficent area employers and organizations to better knit our community together,” said Lynn. “It is my mission to continue honoring my sister’s legacy in working more closely with this magnificent organization. Since 1952, MARC has been seeing people, not disabilities, and with our efforts the future can be even brighter with possibilities, resources and joy for those in our community who are, sadly, too often under accounted for by traditional institutions, society and government budgets.”