Support urged for United Way trap shoot and BBQ

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PULL! FOR THE UNITED WAY: Charles “Totsie” Bailey, business manager for Steamfitters Local 439 at last years’ trap shoot. – Labor Tribune photo
PULL! FOR THE UNITED WAY: Charles “Totsie” Bailey, business manager for Steamfitters Local 439 at last years’ trap shoot.
– Labor Tribune photo

In a joint letter appeal for support, labor leaders in the St. Louis and Metro East areas have endorsed the annual Labor/United Way Trap Shot & BBQ on Friday, Sept. 13, in East Alton.

“Join us for a day of fun and fundraising as we reach our $25,000 goal to benefit the United Way of Greater St. Louis,” they stated in a letter sent to unions and friends of the union community.

The letter was signed by Robert Soutier, president of the St. Louis Labor Council, Jef Aboussie, executive secretary-treasurer of the St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council, William Thurston, president of the Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council, Dale Stewart, executive secretary treasurer of the Southwestern Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council and B. Dean Webb, president of the Greater Madison County Federation of Labor.

The letter noted that the United Way provides more that $1 million a week to more than 170 agencies that help people in the bi-state region.

The trap shoot starts at 8 a.m. at the Winchester Trap and Skeet Facility at 600 Powder Mill Road (Route 140 and Powder Mill Road) in East Alton. Shooters need to be on the range no later than 10 a.m. The barbecue will be held after the shoot at the Machinists Hall, 161 North Shamrock in East Alton.

The cost for shooters is $60 and includes two rounds of trap, plus the barbecue. This year’s trap shoot also includes a new opportunity to play 5-Station and other “side games” for an additional cost that will be collected at the shoot. The Winchester Facility provides shotguns and ammo, although shooters may bring their own shotguns.

Sponsorships are encouraged. They range from $125 to $1,000. Sponsors at each level will be displayed on signs at the range and barbecue.  Checks should be made payable to United Way of Greater St. Louis and sent by Sept. 4 to the United Way of Greater St. Louis, Attention: Labor, 910 North 11th St., St. Louis, MO 63101-1018.

For more information, call 618-259-8558 or 314-539-4193.

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