Roz Sherman Voellinger, vice president of labor participation for the United Way of Greater St. Louis, is extending a huge thank you to Missouri and Illinois labor unions for making this year’s Labor/United Way Trap Shoot and BBQ – the Labor kickoff event for the annual United Way fund drive – the most successful in its seven-year history.
The annual event is supported by the St. Louis Labor Council, St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council, Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council, Southwestern Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council and the Greater Madison County Federation of Labor.
Even with added costs this year for ammo and range fees that had been donated in previous years, projected revenues totaled $28,610, less expenses for grand total of $25,208.89 raised for United Way programs in the bi-state region.
“We couldn’t have done this without the terrific support of our five councils!” Sherman-Voellinger said, adding a special thank you to the Madison County Federation, which each year covers the costs of barbecue, does the cooking and hosts the lunch and awards presentation at the Machinists Hall.
This year’s trap shoot had 70 sponsors and more than 100 participating shooters.
This year’s winners included:
• 1st Place Tie – Steve Miller, IAM Lodge 660, and Ricki Pimentel (niece of Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 Business Representative Ernie Angelbeck)
• 2nd Place – Tom Peppenhorst, Teamsters Local 50
• 3rd Place – Brett Therion, Teamsters Local 50
Actually, Peppenhorst and Therion tied with 47/50 shots. The tie was broken by determining the longest run of shots each shooter made before a miss.
WHERE THE $$$ GOES
The United Way helps one in three people throughout the bi-state region through 170 local health and human services groups in 16 Missouri and Illinois counties.
This year’s campaign goal is $72.5 million. More than $1million is put back into our communities each week.
In Missouri, the United Way provides assistance to individuals and organizations in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Charles, Jefferson, Franklin, Warren, and Lincoln counties.
In Illinois, the agency provides assistance in Calhoun, Green, Macoupin, Jersey, Madison, Clinton, St. Clair, Monroe and Randolph counties.
UNITED WAY/LABOR PARTNERSHIP
Five union members are employed as Labor Liaisons at United Way of Greater St. Louis, working in partnership with the Central Labor Councils in St. Louis and metro-East, to strengthen our communities and help union families at times of need.
Thirty five Union leaders serve on the United Way Board of Directors and Regional Auxiliary Boards and many union members serve on
Helping People Live Their Best Possible Lives is the mission of United Way and a core value of Organized Labor.
There’s still time to contribute to this year’s campaign or to schedule a United Way Labor Liaison to speak at your union meeting or workplace.
To schedule a speaker or make a donation, call Roz at 314-539.4193. For more information about United Way or to make an online donation www.stl.unitedway.org.