Community Rally at the Raceway Nov. 3 to benefit laid-off Granite City steelworkers

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STEELWORKERS leave during a shift change at U.S. Steel’s Granite City works. About 1,500 workers at Granite City Steel who were laid off in a plant shutdown last April. – St. Louis Post-Dispatch photo
STEELWORKERS leave during a shift change at U.S. Steel’s Granite City works. About 1,500 workers at Granite City Steel who were laid off in a plant shutdown last April. – St. Louis Post-Dispatch photo

By CARL GREEN

Illinois Correspondent

Madison, IL – The Granite City Rotary Club, in conjunction with the mayors of Madison, Granite City and Pontoon Beach, IL, will host a Community Rally at the Raceway on Thursday, Nov. 3 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL.

The event will benefit more than 1,600 local steelworkers idled by the United States Steel Corporation at the end of 2015. Many of the displaced workers and their families have run out of unemployment and healthcare benefits and are struggling to make ends meet.

The Community Rally at the Raceway will be held in the garage area of the infield of the superspeedway. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with activities at 6 p.m. Admission is $20 and food and beverages will be available.

The main event of the fundraiser is a "phantom race" where sponsored cardboard race cars are advanced by rolling dice. Entries will compete in six heat races and the winners will advance to the championship race.

Additional attractions will include a 50-50 raffle and racing roulette.

All proceeds from the event will help support local steelworker needs and be disbursed through the United Way of Greater St. Louis labor liaison.

“Historically, the steelworkers have been the backbone of the community,” said Granite City Mayor Ed Hagnauer. “Now it's time to join forces as a sign of solidarity and support the steelworkers. With the support of the community, a difference can be made in the lives of those who have supported the community for years.”

TICKETS

Tickets may be purchased online at Eventbrite.com or by contacting Tanja Cook at (618) 876-8500 or tcook@lrklaw.com.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

For event sponsorship opportunities, contact Ken Kohnen at (618) 452-7165 or ken@snelsoncollisionrepair.com.

 

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