Central States host Breath of Life fundraiser

The HFIAW Local Unions that make up the Central States Conference, in conjunction with their Contractors Association, hosted the 7th Annual Breath of Life Foundation Motorcycle and Classic Car Rally in Dayton, Ohio.

The Aug. 10 Classic Car and Motorcycle Rally included 118 participants and raised more than $10,000. The Breath of Life Foundation works to support research and education to seek a cure for mesothelioma and asbestos related diseases.

Since inception in 2009, the combined labor and management efforts from the Central States has raised more than $1 million to support the foundation.

“It is a joint effort and we really could not do this without the support from our members and contractors,” said former Central States International Vice President and now HFIAW General Secretary-Treasurer Greg Revard.

“This is a great example of how our labor and management focus on doing good for our industry.” The event continues to grow larger every year, said Central States Conference International Vice President Pat Barron.

“The growth of this event is incredible,” said Barron. “We continue to get support from our members and from the community.

We are going to keep going, and are aiming to grow and continue to support our members and the research being done.” Several awards were handed out during the event to various participants, including:

  • Retired Local 37 Training Coordinator Ron Eades won most senior rider.
  • Cameron Mullens from Local 45 was named youngest rider.
  • The best bike award was given to Tri-State Building and Construction Trades Council Business Manager Mark Johnson
  • Local 50 Journeyman Neil Parks won the award for best car.
  • Insulators Union Tissue Bank Director Andy Todd traveled the farthest (more than 630 miles each way) to participate in the event.

“It was great to host the event in Dayton” said Local 50 Business Manager Dan Poteet. “This event and cause is near and dear to my heart, and I am proud of all my Brothers and Sisters who continue to grow this event.”

 Despite advancement in medicine, there remains no cure for asbestos-related diseases, and the Breath of Life Foundation works to provide needed funding to hopefully find a cure for diseases that disproportionally affect Insulators.

“This affects us all, as we will all know someone affected by an asbestos-related disease,” said Revard. “If we do not make the efforts to raise money for research, who will?”

A special thanks goes out to all the Brothers, Sisters, friends and family who participated in this annual fundraiser.

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