SYCAMORE – Fundraising efforts by employees of Sycamore-based IDEAL Industries last week generated about $12,000 for hurricane relief, an amount that will be matched by the IDEAL Foundation.
Robin Franklin, one of the committee members, said this was the first time the company had organized such a fundraiser to help with disaster relief.
Events included a 50/50 raffle, a day where employees could wear jeans to work with a $5 donation, a bake sale, a dunk tank and an IDEAL-branded merchandising store.
Employees received punch cards that got punched for every event they attended. Finished cards then were eligible for prizes that included a paid day off, IDEAL and SK tools and $100 in IDEAL items.
“It was just a way to encourage people to participate and for them to get something out of it on the other side,” Franklin said.
There also was a drawing for playoff suite tickets for Monday’s Cubs game.
Funds will go toward relief efforts in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico for those affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
IDEAL Industries joins a number of local organizations that have organized collection drives and fundraisers for hurricane victims. Other groups that have donated include Crossview Church, Hillmann Pediatric Therapy and the Sycamore United Methodist Church.