Union Construction Industry Raises $500,000 for Military Families at Charity Fundraiser

Proceeds from Sweeney Classic golf tournament will support SEAL Family Foundation

COUNTRYSIDE, IL – Today, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 President-Business Manager James M. Sweeney presented a check for $500,000 to the Navy SEAL Family Foundation at Local 150’s charity golf fundraiser, the James M. Sweeney Classic.

The event hosted more than 500 golfers across four golf courses in Lemont, and the check was presented to SEAL Family Foundation Executive Director Capt. William Fenick and retired SEAL Captain Mike Argo, who serves on the SEAL Family Foundation’s Board of Directors. The event brought together a cross-section of workers, business leaders, elected officials and military families.

“The union construction industry is proud to support military families,” said IUOE Local 150 President-Business Manager James M. Sweeney. “Veterans are a big part of the union construction industry, and we are proud to welcome returning veterans to our industry with open arms. It is an honor to be come together and give back to those who have sacrificed so much for us.”

Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and active Navy SEAL Ed Byers, Jr. was present to thank supporters and share the importance of the charity’s work for military families.

Photo Caption: IUOE Local 150 President-Business Manager James M. Sweeney (third from left) presents a check for $500,000 for the SEAL Family Foundation to SEAL Family Foundation Executive Director Captain William Fenick, Gold Star Spouse Cindy Axelson, and retired SEAL Captain Mike Argo at the James M. Sweeney Classic Golf Tournament on August 13th at Gleneagles Country Club in Lemont, Illinois.

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About IUOE Local 150: The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150 is a labor union representing 23,000 working men and women in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. Local 150 represents workers in various industries, including construction, construction material production, public works, concrete pumping, steel mill service, slag production and others.

About the SEAL Family Foundation: The SEAL Family Foundation focuses on creating individual and family readiness through an array of programs specifically targeted to assist the Naval Special Warfare community in maintaining a resilient, sustainable, and healthy force. U.S. Navy SEALs ability to stay ready determines the success of every mission; part of our job is to facilitate that state of readiness at home by ensuring every Naval Special Warfare service member knows their family is, and will be, taken care of.

Our motto is “Taking Care of THEIR Families While They Protect OURS.” The SEAL Family Foundation programs include hosting family introduction dinners upon graduation, spouse and family retreats, children’s educational support programs, family readiness group grants, emergency assistance, wounded warrior and fallen hero family care, and bereavement support.

Drew VachalUnion Construction Industry Raises $500,000 for Military Families at Charity Fundraiser