The entire labor community is invited to a community Bar-B-Que fundraiser this Saturday, Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to raise funds for Sickle Cell research, a disease that currently has no cure and effects one in every twelve African Americans.
The Bar-B-Que will be held at the Schnucks City Plaza, 3431 Union and will feature rib tips, burgers, hotdogs, attendance prizes and more. Additionally, the NAACP will have a voter registration booth to register residents.
All proceeds will go to Faces of Our Children, an organization dedicated to raising awareness, support, research and funding for the fight against sickle cell disease worldwide.
The event is being co-sponsored by the Sickle Cell Committee of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 655 in cooperation with Schnucks Markets and Holten Meats who are providing products for the event; eight other community organizations are serving as co-sponsors.
This is the third Sickle Cell fund raiser sponsored by Local 655.
“We invite everyone of our union brothers and sisters to join with us to raise funds for this critical effort,” said David Cook, UFCW Local 655 president, the event’s main co-sponsor.
Other co-sponsors are the NAACP (city and county chapters), the Urban League, 100 Black Men, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Organization for Black Struggle, the A. Phillip Randolph Institute, Missouri Health Care For All and the law firm of Hammond & Shinners.
A number of religious organizations in the community are partnering with Local 655 to spread the word in to their congregations to support the fundraiser. To date, they include: New Horizon 7th day Christian Church, Mount Airy MB Baptist Church, The Ahmadiyya Community, River of Life Christian Ministries, New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church, Lane Tabernacle CME Church, New Sunny Mount Missionary Baptist Church, Northern Missionary Baptist Church, the Ethical Society of St. Louis and the United Way.