IAM’s Wood, Pulp and Paper Council Virtual BBQ Raises $26K for Guide Dogs

The Machinists Wood, Pulp and Paper Council (MWPPC) held its second annual virtual barbeque competition to help raise money for Guide Dogs of America / Tender Loving Canines (GDA/TLC). The successful event, which followed all safety protocols, brought in more than $26,000.

“Despite some obstacles we raised a lot of money for a great cause,” said MWPPC President Billy Barnwell. “Thank you to our many sponsors, donators, cooks, and judges who made our second annual virtual barbecue so special, without your assistance, this event wouldn’t have been possible.”

“The Woodworkers Department is honored to help support the Guide Dogs of America and Tender Loving Canines,” said Mike Rose, IAM Chief of Staff to the International President for the Woodworkers Department. “This unique event is a great opportunity to support this great charity.”

Guide Dogs of America is the IAM’s favorite charity. In 2020, GDA completed a merger with Tender Loving Canines and now provides hardworking service dogs for people who are blind/ visually impaired, veterans, individuals with autism and facilities to become trusted companions that bring confidence, independence and mobility. Their services are provided free of charge to residents in the U.S. and Canada.


Title Sponsors: IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr., EBS, TLC Insurance Group, Humana

Prime Sponsors: Scott Capital Advisors

Select Sponsors: Michelle Barnwell, American Income Life, BYN Mellon, Image Pointe, IP Casino Resort and Spa (Biloxi, MS), K & R Branding Solutions, Mary McHugh


GDA Yvette Sheehan, Winpisinger Center Director Chris Wagoner, Winpisinger Center Assistant Director Mary McHugh, Associate General Counsel Laura Ewan


Grand Champion First Place: Jake Merkel
Grand Champion Second Place: Shawn Vanderjack
Grand Champion Third Place: Joe Gruber
Chicken Champion: Jon Irvine
Pork Rib Champion: Mindy Henry

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Updated: October 20, 2021 — 1:27 pm