All tallies are in, and union members collected a whopping $15,995 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association at the 22nd annual Labor Bowl Challenge. Since the event’s inception in 1989, union members have donated $327,823.75 to MDA.
Money is raised through pledges and from a silent auction and goes to buy wheelchairs and braces for children, as well as for research and summer camps. Muscular dystrophy is a hereditary condition marked by a progressive weakening and wasting of the muscles over time.
This year’s event on Sunday, March 13, was “Funky Hat” bowl. A record 123 bowlers — many wearing crazy looking hats — helped form 25 teams.
The top individual fundraiser was Cal Eddy, a retiree from Portland Firefighters Local 43, with $1,000.
NALC Branch 82 topped all unions in money raised, with various stations contributing a total of $6,461.
This year’s auction took in $1,833.
Kurt Millspaugh of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 8 captured high bowling series, with a 190 average.’ Also participating in the event were Bricklayers Local 1, Machinists Lodges 63 and 1432, Bakers Local 114, the District Council of Laborers, and NW Priority Credit Union.