IBEW 1 poker run raises $12K for worker relief fund

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RIDING FOR RELIEF: About 80 IBEW Local 1 members, families and friends gathered at the Local 1 Union Hall at 5850 Elizabeth Ave. in St. Louis on Aug. 15 to take part in a poker run to raise money for Local 1’s worker relief fund. – Labor Tribune photo

IBEW Local 1 members raised $12,000 during a recent poker run to benefit Local 1’s worker relief fund.

About 80 people – many on Harleys and in hotrods – took part in the event, which was held Saturday, Aug. 15. It began with coffee and doughnuts at the Local 1 Hall at 5850 Elizabeth Ave. in St. Louis and ended Shady Grove Grill & Chill in St. Peters.

The idea for the event originated about a month before it was scheduled. That’s when the Greg Booth Ride for Relief Committee jumped into action. Brother Booth was elected Local 1 business manager in 2011 and served until his death in August 2012.

“We were very pleased with the turnout,” said Local 1 Business Manager Frank Jacobs. “This is the first one we have had in several years. It was a whole new committee, and several of us had never participated in a poker run.”

The run included attendance prizes, a 50/50 raffle and raffles for sporting event tickets and a Doc’s Harley Davison $500 gift card. The three winners in the poker tournament donated their winnings back to the fund.

All proceeds from the event were placed into the relief committee’s fund, which provides assistance to union members in need.

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