Waterloo and Cedar Rapids have been fighting it out in the alleys for years.

mda bowl a thonOver $30,000 was raised during the Union Bowl this year with Cedar Rapids raising the most, and taking home the traveling trophy again this year.

The 34th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Union bowling events was held March 6 in Waterloo and Cedar Rapids.

Local unions from both cities set to raise money by collecting donations and spending a day in fun competitive bowling.

Cedar Rapids set a few records with this year’s event. They set one for most money raised with a total of $19, 810.  They set a record for most teams and IBEW 405 set a record with most teams by a local.

Waterloo raised $13, 281, down a little from last year.

“This is a great example of two communities of union members coming together to raise money for a great cause. We take great pride in our support of MDA for 34 years.” Said Jay Larson AFL-CIO Labor Liaison, United Way of East Central Iowa. “For 34 years union members from Cedar Rapids and Waterloo have joined forces to support MDA’s efforts to find a cure and help kids stricken with this disease live as normal of life as possible.”

John Padget, Cedar Valley United Way AFL-CIO Labor Liaison said, “In my year’s in helping with this event I have seen many changes workplaces get bigger and some smaller however what has not changed in the past years in the support union members have shone the MDA as well as the great work the MDA does for the families in Eastern Iowa and across the state. I cannot remember a Labor Bowl event where I did not run into another person who knows a family or is related to a family that the MDA has helped with their many programs”

The Cedar Rapids events was held at the Westdale Bowling Center, and the Waterloo event was at Maple Lanes.

Photos from the events

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