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Tuesday, 29 May 2012 21:13

Pay it Forward - LeeAnn Clay, Miller Welding Supply

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Pay it Forward - LeeAnn Clay, Miller Welding Supply PHOTO: Elijah Brumback
If Americans know how to do one thing, it's barbeque. For many it's a family tradition, and that's exactly why the second generation, family-owned Miller Welding Supply hosts its annual "Bad to the Bone BBQ Rib Cook-off," an event which benefits Hospice of Michigan. 

The joy of cooking and helping others runs deep in the company. Now in it's 11th year, the company's barbeque has grownexponentially. This year Miller Welding raised a record-breaking $27,000 for Hospice of Michigan's Open Access Program, which is meant to help all those seeking end-of-life care no matter a person's diagnosis or financial situation.

To date, the company's contribution to Hospice of Michigan totals more than $300,000. The work that Miller Welding has done for Hospice mirrors the company's history of sharing meals — a tradition started by Jerry Clay and continued by his children, who now operate the company together.

The company regularly cooks top-flight meals for its employees. Co-owner LeeAnn Clay said she and her siblings thought why not capitalize on what they already do for their employees and customers and put it to use for Hospice of Michigan.

"We thought we could kick it up a notch," she said. "We sort of benchmarked it off what my father used to do and continued his love of cooking."

Clay, who also serves on the Hospice Foundation Board, said the Hospice of Michigan service was a godsend in helping her uncle through his final days.

"They are our charity of choice because of the care that they give and the way they help keep people comfortable and with their family," Clay said.

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