10th Annual Labor United Way Trap Shoot & BBQ is April 27

AIMING TO HELP – The United Way, union members and their friends are invited to take part in the 10th Annual Labor/United Way Trap Shoot & BBQ Friday, April 27, at Gateway Gun Club in Bridgeton, MO. – Labor Tribune file photo

Event at Gateway Gun Club combines fun, food for a great cause

Bridgeton, MO – The 2018 Labor/United Way Trap Shoot and Barbecue fundraiser, the kickoff event for the annual Labor/United Way Campaign, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, April 27, at Gateway Gun Club, 13547 Missouri Bottom Road in Bridgeton, MO.

United Way invests more than $1 million each week into our communities by funding 170 agencies helping people in the bi-state area.

Supported by the Greater Madison County Federation of Labor, Greater St. Louis Labor Council, Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council and St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council, the annual trap shoot and barbecue is a great opportunity to test your skill, blow some clay pigeons out of the sky and enjoy some tasty barbecue while – all while benefitting a good cause.

Last year’s trap shoot surpassed its $25,000 fundraising goal, raising $27,166 for United Way programs.


In the St. Louis region, in both Missouri and Illinois, the United Way works hand-in-hand with Labor organizations to provide working families with both necessities and opportunities.

For example, after U.S. Steel shut down in Granite City, United Way labor liaisons worked tirelessly on behalf of the families that were affected, providing opportunities to work and learn and helping put food on the table.

The United Way also maintains the St. Louis Labor Council’s $5 for the Fight Fund, coordinating financial assistance for union families facing hardship due to layoffs, underemployment or health concerns.


The entry fee for shooters in $70 and includes two rounds of trap plus the barbecue. Gateway Gun Club will provide shotguns and ammo, though you may bring your own shotgun if you prefer.

The Long Shot side game will be offered again this year for an extra cost. The indoor pistol/rifle range also will be available for extra cost. You can bring your own gun for the indoor range or rent one. No steel-core ammo.


There are four sponsorship levels:

• 10 Gauge Sponsor for $1,000 (includes 2 shooters)

• 12 Gauge Sponsor for $500

• 16 Gauge Sponsor for $250

• 20 Gauge Sponsor for $125.

Sponsors at each level will be displayed on signs at the range and barbecue. Sponsorship donations may be tax-deductible.


From the west, go east on I-70 to Highway 370 and continue to Missouri Bottom Road. From the east, take I-270 to Highway 370.

Shooters need to be at the trap range no later than 10 a.m.

The registration sheet includes a list of safety rules and procedures that participants must read. To get one, or for questions, contact United Way Labor staff Terry Knoth at 618-509-6204 or Sonja Gholston-Byrd at 314-539-4192.

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Last year’s sponsors

PULL! FOR THE UNITED WAY: Totsie Bailey, business manager for Steamfitters Local 439 demonstrates his shooting form at the annual fundraiser for the United Way of Greater St. Louis. – Labor Tribune photo

Last year’s trap shoot surpassed its $25,000 fundraising goal, raising $27,166 for United Way programs, thanks in no small part to the generosity of its sponsors.


Laborers Local 110 • St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council • Gori, Julian & Associates law firm • Simmons Hanly Conroy law firm.


Attorney Ann Callis • Attorney Dennis Orsey • Hammond & Shinners law firm • Galanti Law Firm • Kelley Group consultants • Retired Machinists District 9 Directing Business Representative Tony Rippeto • Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562 • Greater St. Louis Labor Council • Greater Madison County Federation of Labor • Illinois AFL-CIO.


The $250 sponsors are too numerous to list, but unions and Labor groups among them included:

IBEW Local 309 • Insulators and Allied Workers Local 1 • Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 837 • Machinists District 9 • Missouri AFL-CIO • Operating Engineers Local 148 • SEIU Local 1 • SEIU Local 116 • Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council • St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council • Teamsters Local 610 • Steamfitters Local 439 • Steelworkers Subdistrict 2 Officers Council Fund.


AFSCME Council 31 • Bricklayers and Allied Crafts-Administrative District Council (BAC-ADC) Eastern Missouri • Carpenters Local 662 • Coalition of Labor Union Women • Elevator Constructors Local 3 • Greater St. Louis CWA City Council • IBEW Local 1 • Illinois LECET • Iron Workers Local 392 • Iron Workers Local 396 • The Labor Tribune • Laborers Local 42 • Machinists Bluff City Lodge 660 • Machinists Lodge 313 • Machinists Lodge 777 • Machinists Lodge 688 • Letter Carriers Branch 1132 • Operating Engineers Local 399 • Painters and Allied Trades District Council 58 • Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 360 • Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 353 • Roofers Local 2l • Sheet Metal Workers (SMART) Local 36 • Teamsters Local 525 • Teamsters Local 682 • Steelworkers Local 1899 • SOAR retirees chapter.


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