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OVER 35,000 UNION 'DADs' TO REALIZE DREAM THIS FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND; FUNDS RAISED WILL COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION OF DIABETES RESEARCH FACILITY

OVER 35,000 UNION 'DADs' TO REALIZE DREAM THIS FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND; FUNDS RAISED WILL COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION OF DIABETES RESEARCH FACILITY
 WASHINGTON, June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- This Father's Day weekend, over 35,000 volunteers from 15 building and construction trade unions will take to the streets and shopping malls in over 290 communities in all 50 states to raise funds to find a cure for diabetes, a disease afflicting 13 million Americans. The 6th Annual DAD's (Dollars Against Diabetes) Day promises to top off funding needed to complete construction of the Diabetes Research Institute.
 "DAD's Day embodies the true spirit of Father's Day," said Edward J. Carlough, president of the Sheet Metal Workers' International Association and co-chair of DAD's Day. "It is a day where union members and their families across the country devote their energies to improving the well-being of people in need. DAD's Day truly brings out the best in people."
 In its first five years, DAD's Day, the single most successful fundraising activity conducted for diabetes research, has raised $5.3 million cumulatively toward the construction of state-of-the-art research and patient care facilities for the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at the University of Miami School of Medicine, due to be completed in September 1992. The goal for DAD's Day 1992 is a record $2 million.
 DAD's Day won a presidential citation at a White House ceremony as one of the top 100 private sector initiatives in the nation. President Bush called it a "shining example of volunteerism in action, and ... a reminder of how we in America must learn to measure success not by the sum of our possessions, but for the good we do for others."
 DAD's Day is a project of the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, and its 15 member unions.
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