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Simmons Hanly Conroy Renews $25,000 Pledge to Help Union Families for Third Year

St. Louis area law firm will match up to $25,000 in donations to “$5 for the Fight” Campaign

Attorney Chris Guinn presents a representative check to Union Leader Bob Soutier to represent the firm's pledge to match up to $25,000 of donations made to the "$5 for the Fight" Campaign.

Attorney Chris Guinn presents a representative check to Bob Soutier, president of the Greater St. Louis Labor Council, to symbolize the firm’s pledge to once again match up to $25,000 of donations made to the “$5 for the Fight” Campaign in 2014.

ST LOUIS – Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC, the largest plaintiff’s personal injury firm in the St. Louis area, will again match up to $25,000 in donations to the “$5 for the Fight” Fund that helps union families facing financial hardship. Since 2012, the firm’s match challenge has raised over $100,000 for the “$5 for the Fight” Emergency Relief Fund, which was established by the Greater St. Louis Labor Council and supported by the United Way.

“Our attorneys at the Firm are already dedicated to helping union families who have been impacted by occupational exposures in the workplace,” said Firm Shareholder Chris Guinn. “Union workers are more likely to be exposed to toxins like asbestos on the job just by the nature of their professions. The Simmons match challenge is a way for us to help make sure they and their families have access to all the resources they need during times of hardship.”

The fund, established in 1996, helps union members and their families facing financial hardships. In 2013, more than 418 families from 66 different local unions received help paying their mortgages, utilities, medical bills and more through last year’s fundraising efforts. The “$5 for the Fight” campaign raised just over $95,000 including contributions from other local funds and charities and the nearly $50,000 resulting from the firm’s match campaign.

“The ‘$5 for the Fight’ Emergency Fund is only possible because of generous donations made by caring businesses like the Firm, union organizations and dedicated individuals. Without them, many of these families would have nowhere to turn for help,” said Robert A. Soutier, president of the Greater St. Louis Labor Council. “Thanks to the leadership of the Firm, we hope it will be possible for us to help even more unemployed union workers with mortgage payments, rent, utilities, medical bills and more in the coming year.”

The labor council and United Way of Greater St. Louis cover administration costs for the fundraiser, allowing all donations to directly benefit St. Louis-area families. Guinn said he hopes the Simmons match campaign will motivate others to give.

“The outpouring of support the firm’s match campaign has received over the past two years has been impressive,” Guinn said. “We hope it will once again motivate others to contribute, especially when their donation will go twice as far to help local St. Louis union families.”

Donations can be made by check or online. Mail a check or money order to “$5 for the Fight,” c/o St. Louis Labor Council, 3301 Hollenberg Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044 and include your union affiliation if applicable. To make an online donation, visit www.labortribune.com and click “$5 for the Fight” Donations in the left hand column. An option to create a recurring automated donation is also available.



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