Monthly Archives: October 2015

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2015 Blood Drive – An Ironworker Tradition

On October 3, 2015 the JAC school was buzzing with activity as pop music played in the background, creating a festive environment for the annual blood drive. Normally at the school you would find workers in class, welding, rigging or going over structural steel work. This Saturday the shop was filled with beds, as teams from the New York Blood Center were onsite for the annual blood drive.

Members and their families had a chance to socialize while waiting for their turn. In some cases they may be working together on job, classmates in school or old friends that have not seen in more than 30 years. After donating members rest a bit and enjoy the cookies and juice that were provided.

The blood drive has been a tradition at the school since 2007. During the course of the day 257 pints of blood were donated. Ironworkers and their families from locals 361 & 40 came to the school arriving early on their day off to donate. Bryan Brady recalls his father taking him to an Ironworker blood drive when he was 18, stating, “It has become an annual tradition that we would like to pass on”. The blood drive went very well as the beds were in constant use all day. This is one more example of how Ironworkers give back to the community and support each other.

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Iron Men

Here is a classic video of New York Ironworkers in action with scenes from the school. Classic Rock music support this iconic footage.

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Photo of members

Thousands walk for St. Jude kids in Brooklyn

By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Roughly 3,000 people from across the tri-state area gathered in Cadman Plaza Park in Downtown Brooklyn on Saturday to kick off the inaugural St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer.

The event, which featured a 5K walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, music and games in the park, raised funds to help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital find cures for children battling cancer. St. Jude never charges families for treatment, and the majority of funding for the hospital comes from contributors.

The walk was led by Eric Trump (son of The Donald), whose Eric Trump Foundation supports St. Jude, and radio personality Elvis Duran. Recording group Lipstick Gypsy (Epic Records) stars Chris Liggio and John Thomas rocked the crowd with tunes including their second single, “The Cure.”

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