The Joe Pretti Memorial Golf Classic held recently at the beautiful Teamsters Union Hills Golf Course in Pevely has taken their fundraising total to more than $45,000 to ben- efit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Renewing their commitment year after year, Local 655 has been very successful in the drive to fund research while honoring the memory of former Local 655 Union Representative Joe Pretti, a dedicated and popular man who died from leukemia some 20 years ago.
“We are driven to help raise funds that will support finding a cure to the deadly disease of leukemia and lymphoma,” said Local 655 President David Cook. “Through creative fundraising efforts from all UFCW’s locals across the United States and Canada, the UFCW’s total contributions to leukemia research have exceeded $28 million, and that makes us extremely proud.”
Over the years, UFCW members have golfed, walked, danced, canoed, raffled, run, and more — making the UFCW one of the top contributors to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, an organization devoted to finding a cure for this fatal blood disease. Every dollar raised by the UFCW is used for research. Local companies donate all foodand beverages for the annual tournament.
This year’s tournament director, Nick Trupiano, said he is proud to play a bigger role in the fundraising efforts.
“It’s a terrible disease that takes the lives of so many good people,” Trupiano said. “People like Joe Pretti.”