Supporters turn out for Ideal chili

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Supporters turn out for Ideal chili

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 18:01
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RICHMOND – A sheltered workshop serving people from Ray, Clay and other counties drew hundreds of people to a chili luncheon.

“They’re still coming in,” Ideal Industries Inc. warehouse supervisor Brian McMillan said shortly after the doors opened for the event.

The event is important for workshop employees.

“This money goes throughout the year, every bit of it,” McMillan said.

The funds support entertainment activities, including events around Easter and for Royals opening day, though the latter has been suspended due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, COVID-19.

“We always have something special at least once a month,” McMillan said.

Ideal Executive Director Heather Pugh said the public makes a huge difference in workshop employees’ lives.

“Ideal couldn’t survive without our great community’s support,” she said. “We thrive on the love and the passion that the community holds for our individuals.”

While surrounded in a room full of people eating with family and friends, and Ideal board members joining other volunteers to help serve food, Pugh said the chili luncheon is another example of “great support and a great turnout.”