Decatur, IL – The second annual Southern Illinois Conservation Dinner will be sponsored by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance on Sept. 6 at Richland Community College in Decatur, highlighting the work that the group’s union volunteers have been doing for the environment.
“The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) is the fastest growing non-profit conservation organization working to unite union members and their families who hunt, fish, shoot and enjoy the outdoors,” the group said in its invitation flier.
“We combine funds raised at our events with the unique trade skills of union volunteers to complete projects in local communities that conserve wildlife habitat, improve access to the outdoors, restore America’s parks and provide youth membership to help preserve North America’s outdoor heritage, while showcasing the good works of America’s labor unions.”
Tickets are $75 a person and include dinner, a gift and a 1-year USA membership. Tables of 10 can be sponsored for $1,500, $3,000, $5,000 or $10,000, with sponsored table prizes including Remington shotguns and Orca coolers.
RSVP to Jennifer Durand at (217) 877-4604 or Jennifer@ibew146.com. The RSVP deadline is Sept. 3. Checks may be mailed to Kevin Grubbs, 4800 Northfield Lane, Sporting Hill, TN 37174.
The college is located at 1 College Park in Decatur, 62521. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
“Your support is vital to the USA’s mission, and will ensure we raise funds and recruit volunteer skilled labor in order to deliver a hands-on, community based conservation project that demonstrates solidarity in the outdoors right where you live, work and recreate,” the group said.
The group was founded in 2007 to bring Labor environmentalists and outdoors enthusiasts into coalition with some of the nation’s traditional outdoors groups.
Last year, the group arranged for union volunteers to rebuild two fishing piers in Willmore Park of Hampton Avenue in south St. Louis. The Missouri AFL-CIO, St. Louis Labor Council and St. Louis Building and Construction Trades were among the groups represented. The group’s CEO, Scott Vance, said at the time that the effort restored access to a key urban fishing area, saved the city $20,000 and cost it nothing.
The group has also rebuilt a boat ramp on the Meramec River at Minnie Ha Ha Park in Sunset Hills with the help of Missouri American Water and Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 335 volunteers.
“The USA has the most powerful tool available to help preserve our urban parks and outdoor heritage – skilled union members willing to give their time, expertise and passion to the cause,” Vance said.