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    • Working Families’ Friend held a two-day board retreat at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton, MO. Ten board members met to review the successful history of the agency and to discuss its bright future. The overview of our history included how the agency began. In 2003 our founder saw a need in our local community that was not being met by any social service. There was no emergency assistance available to working people in a time of an unexpected crisis. Working Families’ Friend was started with a personal $100 check from the founder. As fundraising efforts expanded we were able to assist 130 people that year. A fast-forward overview took the group to 2012 when $424,128 was raised and 810 people/families were provided emergency cash assistance of $331,000.

      To date, Working Families’ Friend has provided emergency cash assistance totaling $2,682,407 to working people faced with a one-time crisis. WFF could not do the work without the guidance from our Board of Directors, but most importantly without the generous support of our great donors.


      Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors, volunteers and friends who helped make this a fun and successful event. We raised over $52,000.  The weather was beautiful and we had a great crowd.  We were appreciative the Mayor found time in his very busy schedule to stop by and say a few words to our guests. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the day.

      This year Working Families’ Friend combined their annual Fall Picnic with their first annual BBQ contest. The picnic was moved to a new location for the first time to provide the necessary space for the 6 BBQ teams that competed. As the competing teams reported, it is expected there will be more BBQ teams wanting to compete next year in this fun event.  So watch for notification of the 2017 WFF Cook-Off in the months to come.

      2016 BBQ Contest Winners:

      The “1st PLACE OVERALL” traveling trophy went to Sheetmetal Workers Local #2 

      The “Runner-Up” traveling trophy went to Painters District Council #3 

      People’s Choice Blue Ribbon was awarded to Pipefitters Local #533  

      Individual Categories:

      First Place chicken – Carpenters/Millwrights

      First Place ribs – Painters District Council

      First Place pork – Sheetmetal Workers Local #2

      First Place brisket – Pipefitters Local #533

      More images available in WFF 1st Annual BBQ Cook-Off Photo Gallery

      Thanks to Governor Stumpy’s and all of our friends and sponsors that helped support our 8th Annual Golf Tournament held at the Deuce on June 21st.  152 golfers attended, which is more than what is typically considered a full tournament, and some teams had to be turned away. We rely on a successful golf tournament to be one of our three major fund raisers each year. This year was another big success as we raised over $25,000 to assist working people in our community.

      Next year’s tournament is scheduled for June 20th at the Deuce once again. We anticipate another sell-out, so be sure to register early if interested in entering a team.

      2016 Winners:

      First Place: Teamsters Local #41

      Second Place: United Labor Credit Union

      Third Place: UAW Local #249

      Putting Contest: Gerald Shropshire

      Closest to the Cup: Jeff Zimmerman

      Longest Putt: Derek Lemki

      Longest Drive: Scott Jacobs

      There are more photos from this event in the 2016 Golf Tournament Photo Gallery.

      Left to Right: Aaron Rosenthal, Connie Mann, Joan Puthoff, Tim Kelley and Amy Brennan

      At the June Labor Council meeting Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa presented a $30,000 check to Working Families' Friend.  This is the ninth year Working Families' Friend has applied for and received this grant.  Argosy is the largest corporate donor to Working Families' Friend and we are so grateful for the great relationship we have.  Aaron Rosenthal, Argosy’s General Manager serves on Working Families' Friend’s Board of Directors.  The grant is used to extend the maximum amount of financial assistance that can be provided to individuals in need.

      Working Families’ Friend, and those we serve, say THANK YOU!

      We want to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of our 2016 Texas Holdem sponsors and players.  One of our three annual major fundraising events, this year’s tournament proved to be our most successful yet. Raising more than any previous Texas Holdem event, over $21,000 was raised to help support the mission of Working Families’ Friend. We had over 30 sponsors, and more than 200 players in attendance for this fun evening. The food, enjoyed by all, was donated and prepared by the Firefighters Local #42 Retirees.

      Our 2016 First Place Winner was David Kilgore with the Painters Local #2012. He attributed his success to “Beginners Luck”!

      Kent Fouquet, a retiree of IBEW Local #124, won the raffle ticket drawing for a seat at the final table. All 9 players at the final table received a prize.

      The great support, fun and competition shared, and enthusiasm for the evening has sparked the idea of a second tournament to be held in the Fall. Plans for this are being explored and will be announced as they are finalized.  There are more images from this event in the Photo Gallery.

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