Richard Industrial Group's bass tournament raises funds for local nonprofits

Richard Industrial Group's bass tournament raises funds for local nonprofits

The Richard Industrial Group (RIG) Foundation donated a total of $10,000 to two local nonprofits in separate check presentations held Thursday, June 1, and Monday, June 5. The foundation donated $2,000 to the 100 Club of Southeast Texas on Thursday and $8,000 to Adaptive Sports for Kids (ASK) on Monday. The funds were raised by the company’s 12th annual bass tournament, which was held Saturday, April 8, at Toledo Bend.

“There were 150 two-person teams, plus about another 100 volunteers, sponsors and spectators,” said Kayla Britt, charitable events chairman for RIG. “We have several area businesses that help sponsor our tournament through prize donations or by purchasing one of our sponsor options. We have raffle tickets, a silent and live auction, fried fish dinners and other fundraisers going on at the tournament to help raise money for our charities.”

Charities are chosen by the RIG Foundation Committee and are recipients for two consecutive years before the next vote — both the 100 Club of Southeast Texas and Adaptive Sports for Kids received donations in 2016 as well at the same 80/20 split.

“The 100 Club was chosen because of its commitment to area officers and first responders,” Britt said. “They are here for us every day, putting their lives on the lines to protect us. There has been a lot of negativity across America toward our first responders, and we wanted to show them that we appreciate what they do every day for us and our families.

The 100 Club of Southeast Texas pays a financial death benefit to the spouse and/or surviving dependent children of a fallen first responder. A representative of the club will visit with family members within 48 hours of a tragedy and quickly distribute benefits, the 100 Club of Southeast Texas website states.

“This donation goes to our first responders,” said 100 Club of Southeast Texas Board Member Karl Duerr. “Our fund is up over $1 million.”

“We want to make sure they get something because everything’s frozen until they get the (life) insurance,” added 100 Club of Southeast Texas Board Member Marie Richard.

“If a tragedy strikes, the board may have to give the widow and dependent children up to $50,000. That’s what it’s all about,” Duerr said.

ASK is a Nederland-based nonprofit that provides year-round sporting opportunities for children and young adults with disabilities.

“I think ASK was chosen because of what they mean to local children,” Britt said. “They are committed to the kids, and they do everything they can to make sure that they are a part of something fun. They allow these children to enjoy sports, activities and to meet other children.”

The donation from RIG Foundation will go toward a new $1.5 million sports complex that ASK is planning to build. The complex will include baseball and soccer fields and a facility for indoor sports such as basketball and taekwondo, according to ASK board member John Vickery. The nonprofit hopes to have the complex built in the next five years and is currently looking for land to build it on, said ASK President Allen Nation.

“This donation means everything,” Nation said. “Our program is nonprofit. No child pays for anything. They never have to pay for jerseys, uniforms, and shirts. They get medals for each sport. They get trophies for baseball. It’s all free. All you have to do is qualify with a diagnosis.”

Britt said the RIG Foundation was created as a way for employees to give back to the community and support fellow coworkers  in need.

“We hold several fundraisers and drives throughout the year including quarterly blood drives, school supply drives, luncheons, Christmas soldier care package drives, and host fundraisers for anything that may come up for our coworkers,” she said. “We also help plan employee events that come up throughout the year.

“We’ve been so blessed at Richard Industrial Group, and we feel it’s important to give back to the community as we can.”