$20,000 raised for $5 for the Fight Fund at St. Louis Labor Council’s Union Reps Christmas luncheon

A TOTAL OF $20,000 was raised for the Robert J. Kelley $5 for the Fight Fund at the St. Louis Labor Council Union Representatives’ Christmas Luncheon Dec. 15. The Fight Fund is administered by the United Way and makes payments directly to vendors and service providers to help union members. Celebrating the donations are (from left) United Way Labor Liaison Terry Knoth, United Way Vice President of Labor Engagement Sonja Gholston-Byrd, Labor Council Assistant to the President Christine Brame, United Way Director of Labor Engagement Rose McCowan and Labor Council President Pat White. – Labor Tribune photo
O’BRIEN LAW FIRM Christopher Ghoron (left), managing partner with the firm, presented St. Louis Labor Council President Pat White with a $5,000 donation from the law firm for the Robert J. Kelley $5 for Fight Fund on behalf of himself and managing partners Jerry Fitzgerald and Bart Baumstark. – Labor Tribune photo

By TIM ROWDEN
Editor-in-Chief

Bridgeton, MO – Union members and friends of working families gave generously, raising some $20,000 to help union families facing financial hardship, at the annual St. Louis Labor Council Union Representatives’ Christmas Luncheon Dec. 15 at Machinists District 9 Hall.

The annual holiday gathering is a major fundraiser for the Robert E. Kelly $5 for the Fight Fund.

“We give because we care for one another,” said Labor Council President Pat White. “Every year we take up a collection for the Fight Fund knowing we have union brothers and sisters who are hurting due to job loss, medical expenses, home loss or other circumstances. And every year, our unions, union members and friends come through, giving generously to help those in need, not just at the holidays but all year.”

  • Laborers Local 110 topped the list of donors again this year with an incredible $10,000 donation to the Fight Fund.
  • The O’Brien Law Firm donated $5,000 to the fund.
  • Pattonville Fire Protection District fire fighter/paramedics, represented by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 2665, donated $500 to the Fight Fund.
  • Unions and union members made up the rest through cash and check donations at the door.
PATTONVILLE FIRE DISTRICT, whose fire fighter/paramedics are represented by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 2665, presented a check for $500 to the Fight Fund. Making the presentation are (front row, from left) IAFF 2665 2nd District Vice President Mark Woolbright, Bob Biondo, Labor Council President Pat White, Mark Barnhart, former Labor Council president Bob Soutier, (back row, from left) Chris Demere, Jason Lindsay, Michael Beckham, Michael Underwood, Kendall Foster, Doyle Washington, Scott Simler and Aaron Meagher. – Labor Tribune photo

“The generosity of our union members and friends never ceases to amaze me,” White said. “Our union brothers and sisters are truly a family, and families take care of one another. That’s what the $5 for the Fight Fund is all about, helping our union members in their times of need.”

The Fight Fund is administered by the United Way and makes payments directly to vendors and service providers to help union members with rent and mortgage payments, utilities, medical bills and other needs.

HOW TO CONTRIBUTE
Donations to the $5 for the Fight Fund can be made by check or online.

  • Mail a check or money order to “$5 for the Fight, c/o St. Louis Labor Council, 3301 Hollenberg Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044; please include your union affiliation.
  • Online – Visit labortribune.com/5-for-the-fight. You will be taken to a secure page where you can make a one-time donation or a repeating monthly donation.

One hundred percent of every donation goes into the Fight Fund to help union members in need. All efforts to promote and service the Fund are donated by the Labor Council, the United Way and the Labor Tribune.



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