This Friday, our community will once again come together and rally around a worthy cause.

A benefit luncheon will be held at the Marshall Visual Arts Center for 15-year-old Rose Runnels, the daughter of James and Stacia Runnels of Marshall. Rose has a condition called ACTA2, which is a smooth muscle disorder that affects her heart and brain, causing strokes and other life-threatening and progressive conditions.

When the good people at Bear Creek Smokehouse learned about Rose’s condition, they jumped in to help. They’re catering the lunch, and because of their generosity, 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to help with Rose’s overwhelming medical costs.

So you can feel good about what you’re doing for lunch that day while also enjoying a tasty meal. For $10, you’ll get dry rubbed smoked pork loin, red skinned mashed potatoes, bacon brown sugar green beans, harvest vegetable rice pilaf, a roll and a cookie.

Those wishing to take part must purchase a meal or meals by Monday, April 16 by 3:30 p.m. You can do so by calling (903) 935-7868 or buy online at http://marshalltexas.com/events/#!event/2018/4/20/love-rose-bear-creek-smokehouse-benefit-luncheon-marshall-visual-art-center. Dine in or take it with you.

Delivery is also available to local businesses on orders of 10 or more, and donations are also accepted at the number above or on the day of the event.

Many volunteers are assisting in the event, including Chamber Ambassadors and staff, who have been calling local businesses to participate by buying meals for their staffs.

Called a “miracle baby,” Rose continues to beat the odds, fighting the genetic mutation that affects just 200 people in the world. As one can imagine, the medical bills continue to mount, so it is our sincere hope that this benefit luncheon will help the family as much as possible.

And the Runnels family has helped our community in many ways over the years. Rose’s parents volunteer their time on many boards and committees annually, but they also have busy careers; Stacia is the public relations/marketing director for the Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce and is the director of the children’s ministry at Crossroads Baptist Church, while her husband is the associate pastor and minister of worship at Crossroads.

Then there’s the other component to this fundraiser: Bear Creek Smokehouse, whose motto is “where family is business and business is family.” The company, made up of five generations of the Shoults clan, is thriving with a now-national audience, thanks to appearances on the Food Network, Rachael Ray, QVC and others.

But despite their fame, the family continues to give back to its community through fundraisers like the one on Friday.

The event is from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and remember, tickets must be purchased by tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.

Come enjoy a great meal and help a neighbor.