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Teamster sharpshooters raise money to fight hunger

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Mark Hackett, Kimberly Braun, Tanesha Van Leuven, and Roger Gale at the Emergency Food Network's Breaking Hunger event.


Teamster members took aim to fight hunger last week at the 5th annual Trap Shooting and Archery Tournament sponsored by Tacoma's Emergency Food Network

The contest, held at the Gig Harbor Sportsmen’s Club on August 11, raised thousands of dollars to help feed hungry families throughout our region.  

"We were doing what we like to do, having fun, and doing it for a really good cause."

"There are a lot of ways to raise money but we were doing what we like to do, having fun, and doing it for a really good cause," said Tanesha Van Leuven, a member who participated in the event.

Van Leuven, who is an officer of ten years at the University of Washington Police Department, talked about the importance of our union giving back to the community.

"It's important to partner with various organizations in the community. Anything we give, donate, or sponsor can help people who need help right now."

Our Local Union’s Executive Board sponsored the team at the $600 level. All proceeds from the event went to benefit the Emergency Food Network.

Thank you to the members from the Teamsters Law Enforcement & Corrections Division and their friends who participated in the tournament.

  • Tanesha Van Leuven, University of Washington Police Dept. 
  • Mark Hackett, University of Washington Police Dept.
  • Roger Gale, City of Pacific Police Dept.
  • Kimberly Braun, Friend 

The Pierce County emergency food system includes 67 food banks providing over 15 million meals annually to over a hundred thousand families in need.  Teamsters Local 117 is a generous supporter of EFN and has participated in a number of volunteer events to benefit the organization.


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