The Joe & Martha Douce Maniaci Memorial Fund was created in 2021 upon the passing of Martha, Marion’s First Lady of Dance. Martha was a living legend, having taught baton, dance, and cheerleading/tumbling in Marion since 1943. She and Joe studied ballroom dance at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City and won a dance contest at the World’s Fair. Their fund, created by their children, honors their memory and legacy. It supports education in dance and the performing arts.