September 1, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
Ransomville, NY – 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. To read more click on the following link