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A Lasting Legacy of Art, Culture and Cuisine

Delia Rendon Martin

Delia Rendon Martin (left) is providing culinary scholarships for future Macomb students with the gift of life insurance.

Delia Rendon Martin, the matriarch of a prominent, local restaurant family, is no stranger to hard work or what it takes to create a lasting legacy.

With recipes handed down from her parents and the financial backing of her husband's family, Delia and the late George "Marty" Martin, opened El Charro's Restaurante Mexicano in 1971. Over the ensuing years, they grew the business from one restaurant—with a seating capacity of less than 50—to five.

After the passing of her husband in 2005, Delia and her children have continued the family's business and time-honored traditions. But Delia's commitment to the community does not end with her role as the head of the family business. The benefactor behind the El Charro's Culinary Scholarship and a generous supporter of the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Delia has recently gone a few steps further in her thoughtful philanthropy.

In a conversation about Macomb's cultural and culinary programs, Delia asked, "What can I do to leave a lasting impact?" After discussing her passions and the various ways to leave a legacy gift, she decided to leave a life insurance policy to the college. Through this planned gift, Delia has established two endowment funds to support the greatest needs of the Culinary Arts Institute and the Lorenzo Cultural Center at Macomb Community College.

And with this latest gift, Delia joins the Legacy Society knowing that her passion for that which makes life worthwhile will live on.

If you would like to learn more about how you can make a legacy gift to Macomb like Delia did, please contact Christina S. Ayar at (586) 445-7302 or foundation@macomb.edu to get started.