INDIANAPOLIS – Food, wrestling, music is on schedule for this Saturday at UAW 933’s 80th Anniversary, Community-Labor Celebration. United Auto Workers and retirees are using the occasion to benefit at-risk kids, future law enforcement, young witnesses, and victims of crime.
Members and leaders of United Auto Workers Local 933 will mark their 80th anniversary this Saturday, Aug. 28, with a daylong family and community celebration benefitting the not-for-profit Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch, a 62-acre nonprofit training retreat for future law enforcement officers, at-risk kids, young witnesses and victims of crime.
- FOOD: Chicken dinners will be available for just a $5 donation to the Youth Ranch. Lemonade, iced tea, bottled water, and beer sales will also go to the not-for-profit. (While quantities last!)
- WRESTLING: Professional wrestlers will compete for the first-ever UAW 933 Belt to be awarded at the afternoon matches. (Grab a seat and see who wins!)
- MUSIC: Live music will be performed at the large picnic shelter. Beverages will be available for sale at the shelter for the convenience of audience members. (Enjoy some shade and tunes!)
- FREE KIDS’ ACTIVITIES: Games and attractions will be free for all youth wearing bracelets available outside the 933 Union Hall. (Bring the kids and grandkids!)
“UAW 933 was chartered in September of 1941, said Gary Holmes, local president. “Since then, our brothers and sisters have been manufacturing good, quality products – as well producing hardworking families, neighborhoods, and communities across Central Indiana.”
Holmes said members chose to use their eight decades’ anniversary as a time to leave yet another lasting mark on Indianapolis and Indiana. With the help of Allison Transmission, Rolls Royce, Ryder Integrated Logistics, ABM, and Ford Indianapolis HVC–where members work diligently each day—Local 933 is steering proceeds from the event’s food, t-shirt, and raffle ticket sales toward the construction of a UAW Youth Cabin at the 62-acre youth training retreat.
“When complete, the UAW Youth Cabin will forever house up to 10 students and two adult chaperones during overnights, weekend retreats, and weeklong camps. While at ISYR, teens can swim, fish, canoe, kayak, shoot archery, hike, handle docile K-9s, fly drones and learn to safely ride ATVs,” said former Marion County Sheriff John Layton, ISYR founder, and president. “They can also learn about personal safety, substance abuse, cyber security, bullying, violence and other unfortunate issues facing today’s youth.”
Because the Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch is a statewide project, United Auto Workers from Anderson, Fort Wayne, Greencastle, Kokomo, and elsewhere are also helping fund the $55,000 UAW Youth Cabin.
UAW active and retiree members, their families, and the general public will gather at the remodeled 933 union hall, 2320 S. Tibbs Ave., from 12 to 6 p.m. to enjoy live bands, professional wrestling, rides, games, raffles, giveaways, and a low-cost menu of fried chicken, adult, and non-alcoholic beverages, Holmes said. Adults may stay until 9 p.m., he added.
For more information on the event, Holmes said to contact UAW Local 933. To donate to the UAW Youth Cabin, he suggested calling ISYR at 317-460-4242, emailing the executive director at ScottMinier@yahoo.com, or sending tax-deductible contributions to UAW Youth Cabin, c/o Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch, 5325 N. State Road 59, Brazil, IN 47834.