Union members raised $11,000 at the 25th annual Muscular Dystrophy Labor Bowl, held April 13 at Sunset Lanes in Beaverton. Since its inception in 1989, union members have donated $362,025 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 brought 71 bowlers from 13 labor organizations, as well as from Northwest Priority Credit Union. The top individual fundraiser was Cal Eddy, a retired Portland firefighter and member of Local 43. He raised $1,230. Rick Brandt of Machinists Lodge 1005 captured the men’s high series trophy, and Marilyn Rae of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 555 took home women’s high series hardware. A low score trophy went to Lois Brumfield of Letter Carriers Branch 82. Score totals were not available. Each winning bowler took home a $50 gift card. For his efforts, Eddy received a round of golf and dinner for two at Chinook Winds, plus a $25. gift card to the gift shop.
Unions represented at the MDA Bowl were National Association of Letter Carriers Branches 82 and 1104; the Northwest Oregon Labor Council; Fire Fighters Local 43; Machinists Lodges 63, 1005, and 1432; UFCW Local 555; Plumbers and Fitters Local 290; American Federation of Teachers Local 6732; the Oregon School Employees Association; Labor’s Community Service Agency; Hillsboro Classified United Local 4671; and NW Priority Credit Union.