Third Annual $5 for the Fight Comedy Night a roaring success

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HONORED FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP in the battle to overturn so called “right-to-work” in Missouri in 2018, former Senator Gina Walsh (second from left) and Mike Louis (second from right), former president of the Missouri AFL-CIO, were presented with plaques by the St. Louis Labor Council at its Third Annual $5 for the Fight Comedy Night Feb 24. Celebrating the honors are (from left) Sen. Doug Beck (D-Affton), (Walsh), event Co-chair Larry O’Laughlin, (Louis) and Missouri AFL-CIO President Jake Hummel. – Labor Tribune photo

Mike Louis, Gina Walsh honored for leadership

By SHERI GASSAWAY
Assistant Editor

Maryland Heights, MO – Some 240 people packed this year’s Third Annual St. Louis Labor Council “Dick Kellett $5 for the Fight Comedy Night,” raising $5,225 for local union members in need.

The Feb. 24 event, co-hosted by the Labor Tribune, was held at the CWA Local 6300 union hall in Maryland Heights. Guests were entertained by three comedians – Sean O’Brien, Johnny Kavanaugh and Joe Marlotti.

“I was really pleased with the turnout,” said Morton Todd, the event’s organizer. “I had quite a few people come up to me after the event who said they really enjoyed themselves.”

The late Dick Kellett was a fierce fighter for the working men and women of Missouri. His legacy is honored through raising money to help union families that are facing tough times through the “$5 for the Fight” fund, contributions to which are now tax-deductible.

Prior to the laughs, the St. Louis Labor Council paid tribute to Mike Louis, former president of the Missouri AFL-CIO, and former Missouri Senator Gina Walsh, deputy director of the International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators Union Labor Management and Cooperative Trust (LMCT).

Both were honored for their leadership in the battle to overturn so called “right-to-work” in Missouri in 2018. Missourians rejected Proposition A by a better than two-to-one majority.


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