Houston Local 811 Gathers for Unity, Charity

The 4th annual IAM Local 811 Picnic and Food Drive included a 5K walk for breast cancer awareness organized by the Local 811 Women’s Committee.

The 4th annual IAM Local 811 Picnic and Food Drive included a 5K walk for breast cancer awareness organized by the Local 811 Women’s Committee.

Members of IAM Local 811 organized an entire day of events that combined family fun, the true spirit of unionism and giving at last week’s 4th annual Picnic and Food Drive in Houston. The event was attended by nearly 700 members and family, who in turn donated hundreds of canned and boxed goods and cash for the Houston food bank.

The local Executive Board, along with the Women’s and Community Services committees coordinated the successful event, which not only provided food and entertainment for members, but also helped the community.

Local 811’s Women’s Committee held a 5K walk for breast cancer awareness, which included a pink balloon ceremony to memorialize those who succumbed to the disease and a prayer for all those still fighting to survive.

“It was an honor to be able to attend the Local 811 picnic and participate in the memorial cancer walk,” said IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes. “It is inspiring to see the work the committees are doing to help their community with the food drive and bringing awareness to women’s health. It was an absolutely wonderful event for members to be able to attend and help their community.”

Members of National Black Nurses Practitioners were on hand providing health checks and literature for healthier living.

There was also a 50/50 raffle held with the proceeds donated to a Local 811 member on sick leave.

The 4th annual IAM Local 811 Picnic and Food Drive was a success, turning out nearly 700 members. From left: Local 2198 President Norma Rodriguez, IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes, Local 811 President Leroy Taylor, Local 811 Women's Committee Member Jackie Golphin, Local 811 Secretary-Treasurer Sarah Garcia, and guest Hatty Manochi.

The 4th annual IAM Local 811 Picnic and Food Drive was a success, turning out nearly 700 members. From left: Local 2198 President Norma Rodriguez, IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes, Local 811 President Leroy Taylor, Local 811 Women’s Committee Member Jackie Golphin, Local 811 Secretary-Treasurer Sarah Garcia, and guest Hatty Manochi.