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Chili dinner, silent auction an ‘Ideal’ success

A steady line of diners kept Ideal Industries board members, employees and volunteers busy serving chili, soup and crackers on Saturday at Ideal’s annual fundraiser. At left, Cash Leabo of Boy Scout Troop 324 assists a diner with her meal. Serving the customers at right are board president Ken Nolker, interim board director Bob Nance, board member Jim Adams, and Brianna Draper, a volunteer from the Full Employment Council. (Photo by Liz Johnson/Richmond News)

By Liz Johnson, Staff Writer

Chili, soup and fellowship were the order of the day at Ideal Industries on Saturday, March 3, as the Friends of the Workshop hosted its annual chili dinner fundraiser for Ideal.

Ideal’s entire work area was filled with diners Saturday afternoon. They mingled with employees and staff while enjoying the meal.

Board member Heather Wrisinger-Push and her mother, Laura Wrisinger, cooked up a hearty meat and vegetable soup for those who preferred soup over chili.  Kathy Dugger, longtime assistant manager and production manager, created the chili along with Tina McMillan and three employees.

“My husband (David) is so wonderful to stay up all night with me to keep the chili and soup stirred,” Dugger said.

“All of the staff and other employees worked very hard on getting the workshop ready for the dinner on Saturday,” she added.

There were 12 cookers full of chili and four cookers of soup ready as the doors opened at 11 a.m. Ideal Industries board members had their aprons on and scooped out servings of chili and soup to guests.

The complete story is in the Friday, March 9, 2018 Richmond News.

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