Toledo’s Labor Day Celebration Aids Special Olympics

Toledo’s labor unions stepped up to the plate on Labor Day and delivered in a big way for the Northwest Ohio Special Olympics.

Following the annual Labor Day Parade, where thousands lined the streets of Toledo, many of the parade goers made their way to the county fair grounds for a day of fun and giving.

(From Left) Shaun Enright, U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) and Retired Executive Secretary Of NWOBTC and Grand Marshall of 2015 Toledo Labor Day Parade, John Schlagheck stand in front of the parade grandstandsShaun Enright, U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) and Retired Executive Secretary Of NWOBTC and Grand Marshall of 2015 Toledo Labor Day Parade, John Schlagheck stand in front of the parade grandstands.

(From Left) Shaun Enright, U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) and Retired Executive Secretary Of NWOBTC and Grand Marshall of 2015 Toledo Labor Day Parade, John Schlagheck stand in front of the parade grandstands.

Thirty-one local unions, 56 community sponsors and individual union members and their families at the 2015 Northwest Ohio Labor Fest, presented by BP and Mercy, raised alomst $10,000. The donation continues a long tradition by the area’s construction trades of giving back to the community.

What began as a celebration of labor, turned into a festival of goodwill as thousands packed the Lucas County Fairgrounds to help raise funds for a cause close to the hearts of many in the building trades.

Many local tradesmen and tradeswomen are committed to the Northwest Ohio Special Olympics and their athletes. Our members serve not only as volunteers at the Olympics, but also work as job coaches, vocational specialists, and social workers for the athletes.

The Labor Fest donation will help the athletes accomplish a lifetime of success by helping Special Olympics to continue to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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