Over the years, Friends of the MCC has made many things possible...
The Alden Theatre's Steinway grand piano is a wonderful example of Friends having funds at the ready to take advantage of an exceptional opportunity.
Friends raised nearly $100,000 in order for the Center to construct a balcony in the Alden Theatre. This gift allowed the theatre to expand its seating capacity by 100.
In 1964 MCC, Inc. (Friends) was founded with the intent to build a community center in McLean. On October 19, 1975, that dream was realized at the opening day ceremonies.
Friends, McLean & Great Falls Celebrate Virginia, and the McLean Historical Society provided funding for sixty-four custom-framed and captioned early McLean photographs for the 2010 McLean Centennial. This exhibit, now on permanent display in the Center's Maffitt and Stedman Rooms, is the largest collection of such photographs in Fairfax County.
Cooking classes, special events, and social functions have benefited from the Friends $60,000 donation towards the construction and furnishing of the community hall's banquet kitchen. In addition, Friends provided for the installation of acoustical panels in the Center's meeting rooms.
To enhance Center programs, Friends has provided volunteers for, and hosted, special functions such as post performanc receptions for the Alden Theatre and the Center's annual swing dance.
In 2012 Friends commissioned a portrait of McLean Civic Complex visionary and MCC pioneer Robert Ames Alden to be placed in the Center's lobby.