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My dad watched me perform during the games, and he thought I should give our TV commercials a try. He said we’d try it for a couple months, and now it’s been almost 20 years!” Family fame continues now as Alexandria, Jennifer’s beautiful 18-year-old daughter, shines alongside her mom in the iconic TV spots. Alexandria shares her family’s big-hearted approach to life as founder of Give Soap for Hope, a charity that collects toiletries and other essentials for distribution through agencies such as the Soup Kitchen and Christian Mission to folks who need these items. “She’s always included a Bible verse in each bag,” Randy said proudly. “We help by filling the trunk of a Cadillac with donated items from the community, and Alexandria prepares the bags. She’s an amazing young woman.” Filling out the family, with the possibility that these youngsters might also find their way into the family business, are Jennifer’s other two children, Grey (15), Grant (11), and Randy Jr.’s three children, Randy III (12), Vanessa (10), and Victoria (8). All six grandchildren attend Cannon School, and all are active in sports and various clubs at school, as well as activities outside of school, such as Boy Scouts. THE LEGACY OF A SELF-MADE MAN While I visited with Randy, Betty and Jennifer, I was delighted to meet John Roberts, executive director of Mountain Mission. He was having lunch with Randy, as he does often, to talk about the important work of the 2017 iteration of Randy’s grandfather’s startup charity from the early days. “We’ve grown from such humble beginnings. Both of Randy’s grandfathers were involved over the years, and sometimes we stumbled along the way,” John shared, “but Randy and his family are still with us. Last year’s floods in our area were devastating, but we were able to serve over 150 people each day in our soup kitchen while recovery was underway. We’re now feeding over 37,000 hot meals a year, filling 1,300 baskets of food at Christmastime, and our food pantry fills 30-plus orders a week. We couldn’t do this work without Randy Marion.” Jennifer told me her dad has never forgotten where he comes from. “He helped me understand that this community and our business have blessed us greatly. It is a responsibility, and our desire, to give back to the community that has been so good to us.” When I started writing this story, I knew it wasn’t really going to be about cars…it was going to be about people. People you will be glad to do business with. Need a new car? Stop by Randy Marion’s. You’ll be glad you did.

220 West Plaza Drive • Mooresville, NC Sales (704) 728-0366 • Service (704) 585-1117 www.RandyMarionCadillac.com IREDELL LIVING • MAY 2017

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