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Union members register for the So Fla PMC Shoot for a Cure.”

The calendar may not officially state that summer has started, but charitable fundraising activities among several Port Maritime Councils are heating up.

The Greater South Florida Maritime Trades Council raised around $40,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at its fifth annual “Shoot for a Cure” event near Lake Okeechobee.

Mark Gagliardi (left), National Event Chair for Shoot for a Cure and an OPEIU member, thanks So Fla Sec-Treas Kris Hopkins for the council’s sponsorship.

More than 110 participants – including MTD Vice President Jerry Abell and Executive Secretary-Treasurer Daniel Duncan – took part in the nationally recognized clay shooting program. Among the unions represented were AMO, CWA, IBEW, IUOE, MEBA, OPEIU, SIU, UBC and UFCW.

“This event has grown every year we’ve been the host,” noted PMC Secretary-Treasurer Kris Hopkins. “The word has gotten out that we have a good time and promote a great cause.”

Shooters came from all over Florida as well as Georgia and Alabama for the May 31 gathering.

Golfers in the Cleveland PMC’s outing pose following a thunderstorm that delayed the event’s start.

Less than a week later, Cleveland Port Maritime Council held its annual golf outing near the shores of Lake Erie in between thunderstorms.

Several dozen golfers from the CWA, ILA, Insulators, Ironworkers, MEBA, SIU, UA and Steelworkers donned rain gear and avoided the newly created water traps to raise funds for local charities and scholarships.

“This isn’t the first time we’ve had to dodge bad weather,” recalled PMC President John Baker. “Our crew knows this event is both a ‘thank you’ for past activities and a good kickoff to summer on the nation’s Fourth Coast.”

On the following day (June 6), the board for the Michigan Maritime Trades Port Council met in Detroit to finalize plans for its 40th annual Ron Krochmalny Golf Classic. That will be held Friday, September 13, at the Oak Ridge Golf Club in New Haven, Michigan.

“We help a lot of local charities throughout the year, and this annual fundraiser allows us to continue this good work,” stated PMC President Jeannette Bradshaw.

During that meeting, Duncan updated the Michigan body on the MTD’s grassroots Action Network Program.