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Special Olympics to host chili supper fundraiser

Richmond Register - 11/5/2023

Nov. 3—Madison County Special Olympics (MCSO) is giving people an opportunity to warm their bellies and their hearts with their upcoming chili supper fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 10.

According to Local Coordinator Jaime Moore, the event will have chili prepared by members of the Richmond Fire and Police Departments — who will be going head to head to see who has the best chili, a cake walk, a silent auction, and games for children.

"We're glad to participate because we know the good things that Madison County Special Olympics are doing out in our community. We can get behind that as a police department. We see the impact they make out here in Richmond," said Police Chief Rodney Richardson.

The event costs $7 for adults and $5 for children up to 12. Children under three attend for free. It will be held at First United Methodist Church in Richmond.

"[Donations] mean that our organization can run. We rely solely on fundraising or donations; we have no other source of income that comes to us," said Moore.

The volunteer-led organization uses donations to pay to compete in competitions, uniforms, and equipment. Additionally, there is the hope to add another sport to the local Special Olympics — which currently has eight, including bowling, cheerleading, and softball.

At the event, a long-time MCSO participant named Crystal Tudor will also read a poem she wrote about her experience, which she expressed is overwhelmingly positive.

The poem, titled "Special Olympic Friends and Family" reads:

Special Olympics has year-round sports where we have our

Gold, Silver, and Bronze

But most of all...We have fun!

We have Track where we have each other's back

We have basketball, we come together if you fall

We have Softball and someone is always there to record it all

We have Bowling where we just "keep it rolling"

We have Cheer, where in doubt we cheer our hearts out

We have Golf, making sure it pays off

We have Flag Football where we try to tackle them all

We have Dance where we all have a chance

We have Swim, with a pool filled to the brim

The coordinator, coaches, volunteers, parents, and community are essential in giving

the athletes the opportunities to grow in these programs

Big thanks to all!


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