A crowd of about 200 people crowded the Richmond square Thursday night in hopes of raising awareness and to raise funds to end poverty.
The event was put together by the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency based out of Marshall. The evening featured entertainment by former American Idol hopeful Rachel Wicker and free hamburgers and hotdogs to event goers.
Volunteer Mike Kincaid said the group grilled about 300 hotdogs and 200 hamburgers. Free soda and chips also came with a meal.
MVCAA Community Development Director Melanie Corporon told the crowd after Wicker’s performance that funds collected more than likely will go to help someone they know.
“This is about neighbor helping neighbor,” she told the crowd. “We have a lot of people who are struggling in our community.”
Currently, Richmond schools are collecting money and soon businesses around Richmond will as well. Corporon said this was the first year the group has done a barbecue. In past years the group has done a walk in Richmond to raise awareness and funding.
Photo: MIssouri Valley Community Action Agency Community Development Director Melanie Corporon helps Alicya Hickman and Chase Williams put pennies into a bucket last Thursday evening on the Richmond square. Money collected will go to help people who are struggling in the Richmond area. All of the Richmond schools are currently collecting money in the white buckets and more buckets will start appearing in the next coming weeks. (Photo by Dennis Sharkey/The Daily News)