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Lou Ulsch from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society thanks participants for raising funds to battle cancer.

Lou Ulsch from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society thanks participants for raising funds to battle cancer.

Nearly 50 union members, maritime industry representatives and others raised several thousand dollars for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society on May 29 at the Greater South Florida Maritime Trades Council’s First Annual Florida Shoot for a Cure event.

“We wanted to try something different,” noted PMC Vice President Kris Hopkins. “We have golfing events and fishing events to raise money for charities. This was different and it was all union arranged and organized.”

The event was held at a gun range about 100 northwest of Fort Lauderdale. It included male and female participants from several PMC affiliates as well as other locals from as far away as Orlando and Georgia. The sportsmen – both experienced and brand new – shot at a variety of clay targets. The emphasis was on fun and safety.

Shoot for a Cure was founded in 2003. Since its inception, its sponsored events have raised nearly $2.5 million dollars for cancer and multiple sclerosis research. Among Shoot for a Cure’s patron sponsors are MTD-affiliates Boilermakers, IUPAT, OPEIU, and Operating Engineers.