Union ‘super heroes’ turn out for MDA bowl


Two “Super Hero” teams from NALC Salem Branch 347 bowled in full costume. Team members included Branch 347 President Valerie Castillo, David and Felicia Covey, Michael Moore, Yania, Yahaira and Yuliana Valazquez, Matti Wiengard, and Pietro Forgia. Wiengard and Forgia are German exchange students living with Castillo.

At the 30th annual Labor Bowl for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, a record 139 bowlers representing nine union-sponsored teams raised $8,441 March 31 at KingPins Family Entertainment Center in Beaverton. That brought the local labor community’s total contribution to MDA to $400,560. Money is collected through a silent auction and pledges to bowlers.

The money raised buys wheelchairs and braces for children with muscular dystrophy, helps them attend a summer camp, and pays for research. Muscular dystrophy is a hereditary condition marked by a progressive weakening and wasting of the muscles over time.

National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 82 sponsors the event, with promotional help from the Northwest Oregon Labor Council.

This year’s top fundraiser was Mike O’Conner, a member of NALC Branch 82. He raised $1,075.

Unions represented at this year’s event were NALC Branch 82, NALC Salem Branch 347, Oregon School Employees Association Beaverton Chapter 48 and Chapter 6732, IATSE Local 28, Machinists Lodges 63 and 1005, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555, IBEW Local 89, and NW Priority Credit Union.

The top bowlers of the day were Kevin Bonnin of NALC Branch 82 and Jennifer Genther of Machinists Lodge 63.

Paul Nance of Machinists Lodge 63 bids on a item in the silent auction. Union members raised $8,441 for MDA this year, taking their grand total since inception to over $400,000.


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