|IAM International President R. Thomas Buffenbarger participated in the charity event and was the guest speaker at the awards ceremony.|
Organized labor and the United Way in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area joined forces this year to raise more than $7,500 with the second annual Labor/United Way “Trap Shoot Kickoff.”
The event was hosted by five area labor councils and was held at the Winchester trap and skeet facility just down the road from the IAM Local 660 hall in East Alton, IL. Ninety-eight shooters and 26 sponsors took part, up from 71 participants who raised $4,300 for United Way last year.
“We were looking for new ways to raise money for United Way and have all five labor councils do something together,” said Local 660 Secretary-Treasurer B. Dean Webb, who credits the labor shoot idea to District 9 Business Representative Marty St. Peters, who also serves as president of the Greater Madison County Federation of Labor.
Next year, Webb said he hopes they will have at least 200 shooters and better weather.
“Before becoming involved with the union, I never knew about the relationship between United Way and labor unions,” he said. “United Way and unions work together to provide people assistance.”