Denver-based Iconic Medical Group (IMG) donated 20,000 face shields to restaurants in the greatest need on Thursday, June 11.
IMG is a group of engineers and medical device manufacturers who work with facilities across the country to manufacture millions of American-made, FDA registered and compliant personal protection equipment (PPE) devices and items. IMG’s ongoing mission is to donate over 50,000 face shields to Denver communities in need.
The central location was in partnership with Toshi and Yasu Kizaki, pioneers of Denver’s restaurant scene, and recent James Beard Award nominee for their flagship restaurant Sushi Den.
“We wanted to help the restaurant industry stay healthy and bring a smile to their face,” said Miguel Sosa, Iconic Medical Group CEO and Founder. “Plus, it’s a positive story and we all need a bit of good news.”
Beyond the benefit of restaurants receiving expensive and hard to find PPE, the event brought owners, chefs and managers together (with social distancing) to share stories and smiles.
“We are a family-owned restaurant going back two generations,” said Clinton Manzzo of West of Surrender. “This donation is a godsend and will make such a difference for our team.”
While most walked away with 100 face shields for their one location, others like TAG Restaurant Group and Illegal Pete’s loaded up nine boxes (900) face shields for each of their nine locations throughout Colorado.
“The financial struggle due to closures over the last few months and the new parameters restaurants must have in place is hard to overcome, said Devin Rombough of Illegal Pete’s. “Being able to pick up a box of face shields for each of our restaurants is incredible.”
Over 80 recipients came during the 2-hour donation, resulting in 20,000 face shields protecting the industry’s front-line workers.