Under the banner of the Greater South Florida Maritime Trades Council, almost 100 union members with family and friends raised approximately $20,000 to fight cancer at the seventh annual Florida Shoot for a Cure.
“This has been a wonderful event for union members to gather for a great cause,” stated PMC Secretary-Treasurer Kris Hopkins. “With covid restrictions being eased, we were able to be outside and enjoy each other’s company.”
Shoot for a Cure receives support nationally from the MTD-affiliated Office and Professional Employees International Union and American Income Life. These events held around the country raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which is the adopted charity of the United Food and Commercial Workers.
Hopkins noted the number of participants has grown each year as word spreads around the Sunshine State among union members. This year, shooters represented nearly a dozen international unions. While a final donation count pending, the previous six South Florida shoots have donated more than $100,000 total.
The Port Council’s June 4 event took place at the OK Corral Gun Club in Okeechobee, FL. Plans already are underway for next year.