By SHERI GASSAWAY
Camdenton, MO – Laborers Local 110’s Second Annual “Cops & Bobbers” Bass Tournament last month raised more than $28,000 for the St. Louis County Police Welfare Association.
The Sept. 11 event, held at a resort in the Lake of the Ozarks, was open to the public and drew members from several different unions. About 90 teams took part in the tournament, which included auctions, raffles and food.
“We’re really pleased with the turnout,” said Laborers Local 110 President Rob Reed. “The weather cooperated, everyone had a great time, and best of all, we were able to raise funds to support the officers who serve our community. I want to thank all of our donors and sponsors who helped make the event a success.”
Local 110 has a longstanding, solid relationship with the St. Louis County Police Department. Its non-profit welfare association acts as a support alliance for police and their families in times of need.
Reed, an avid fisherman, participated in the department’s bass tourney for two years before Local 110 became the main sponsor. He said the department was considering doing away with the event.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
“I saw it as an opportunity for us to make a difference,” Reed said. “Our district council has an annual crappie tournament and sports clay shoot, but I’ve always wanted Local 110 to host a bass tournament and a lot of our members did as well.”
Reed was unsure how successful the first Cops & Bobbers tournament would be because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Surprisingly, the 2020 event worked out well despite the pandemic,” he said. “We had 72 boats and raised $21,000. And this year was even better.”
To see more photos from the event, visit facebook.com/CopsandBobbersSTL.