“The ‘Heart’ Of Labor ‘Belongs’ To The Community” - The Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Labor Council’s 2016 ‘Labor’s Night At The Races’ Event Breaks Its Fundraising Record For The Third Straight Year
Unique Dirt Track Car Racing Event Held At Ransomville Speedway In Niagara County Raises $13,300, Bringing Eight-Year Total For Annual Fundraising Event To $80,000 – Money Raised Benefits 44 Community Programs Across The Western New York County
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: The Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council’s 2016 annual Labor’s Night at the Races event broke its fundraising total for the third consecutive year, raising $13,300 - and bringing an eight-year total to $80,000 that benefits a variety of worthwhile community programs that are funded by the United Way of Greater Niagara (UWGN). Those involved in the summertime effort recently participated in a check presentation ceremony at Ransomville Speedway in Niagara County to celebrate the results of the dirt track car racing event: From left to right, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York (BCBSWNY) Labor Representative Bob Butski; UWGN Chairwoman of the Board, JoAnne Shippey; UWGN Director of Resource Development, Erika Kastel; Interim UWGN Director Connie Brown; UWGN/Niagara-Orleans Labor Council Liaison Bill Jakobi; BCBSWNY Car Driver Scott Kerwin; and Niagara-Orleans Labor Council President Jim Briggs. (Photo Courtesy of the United Way of Greater Niagara’s Labor Liaison Bill Jakobi)
(RANSOMVILLE, NEW YORK) – Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council President Jim Briggs underscored the results of the Labor Council’s 2016 Labor’s Night At The Races event – which for the third straight year set a new fundraising record, by telling WNYLaborToday.com: “The ‘heart’ of Labor ‘belongs’ to the community.”
For the third consecutive year, the Labor Council broke its unique, annual and one-of-a-kind dirt track car racing event fundraising record by finishing with $13,300, which brings the overall and eight-year total to $80,000. In fact, the fundraising total has been broken by about $1,000 in each of the last three years. The dollars raised goes to benefit 44 community programs that are funded by the United Way of Greater Niagara (UWGN) across the Western New York County.
“Yes, you could say that I’m ‘somewhat surprised,’” Briggs told Your On-Line Labor Newspaper of his reaction to the yearly and growing success of the Labor-driven event. “But the ‘heart of Labor ‘belongs’ to the community. ‘Every’ Labor fundraising event is ‘good,’ but this is ‘different.’ It ‘benefits the community’ and ‘brings together every sector’ of Labor: Private, Public, the Building Trades, those who work in industrial plants, Teachers, Firefighters.”
“It’s also important because Labor doesn’t (traditionally) get the ‘credit it deserves’ (for doing what it does to benefit the communities where its Members live, work and raise their families),” Briggs continued. “We’re doing something to ‘help’ our community and we’re ‘hoping for future success’ – and it’s ‘a lot easier to do’ when you have supporters throughout the community and those who elect candidates who ‘don’t make it harder’ for us to do our jobs.”
UWGN/Niagara-Orleans Labor Council Liaison Bill Jakobi said 695 tickets were sold in the Labor Community for the event, which for the first time in three years took place on its scheduled date after dealing with consecutive rain dates in those previous three years.
“I am ‘overwhelmed’ by the support that we ‘continue to get’ from Organized Labor and the Council’s Affiliated Unions, as well as our sponsors: BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Maxwell and Murphy Attorneys, M&T Bank and the Lewis and Lewis Law Firm,” Jakobi told WNYLaborToday.com.
“This is Labor’s way of ‘giving back’ to the communities where we work and live and ‘it’s nice’ because we ‘just don’t see’ Unions and their Members getting the ‘accolades’ for ‘what they do’ in our communities (from the mainstream media),” he said.
The dollars raised by Labor’s Night at the Races goes to help fund 44 community programs, including - but not limited to, the Boy’s and Girl Scouts organizations, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, youth counseling services, credit counseling services and a variety of family and health services, Jakobi said.
Looking back, Niagara-Orleans Labor Council President Briggs said the decision that he and Jakobi pushed forward eight years ago - who he singled out and praised for his hard work to make Labor’s Night at the Races happen each year, was the “right one.”
“It was an idea that Bill and I had,” Briggs said. “We we’re trying to figure out how we could put together ‘one single event,’ instead of several throughout the year. I guess this was a ‘good one’ to pursue.”
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: For More on the Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Labor Council’s successful Labor’s Night at the Races Event, Read Your On-Line Labor Newspaper’s July 21st, 2015 Report, Headlined: Dollars Go To Help Workers Via A Variety Of Beneficial Programs Offered By The United Way Of Greater Niagara & Its Many Affiliated Agencies. You Can Also Watch WNYLaborToday.com’s Western New York Labor News… NOW! Video Report on Labor’s Night at the Races by Clicking on to This Link: http://www.wnylabortoday.com/videos/tv-show-archive/western-new-york-labor-news-now-august-2013-edition-segment-ii/?query=category.eq.TV%20Show%20Archive&back=Videos