Wiring for a cause — IBEW Local 573 sets up Warren Relay for Life

A team of volunteer retired and active-member electricians from IBEW Local 573 in Warren spent Monday morning setting up the electrical service for 60 teams participating in the 2015 Relay for Life event on Courthouse Square in Warren this weekend.

“Taking care of the electrical service for Relay for Life has become a tradition for our members, and an opportunity to give back to the community in a way that’s unique to us and fits our talents perfectly,” said Jack Morse, business manager, IBEW Local 573.

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IBEW Local 573 members Ben Woodyard (apprentice), on the ladder, and Todd Duncan (journeyman wireman) volunteered their time and expertise to set up electrical service for teams participating in the 2015 Relay for Life event in Warren, Ohio.

This year’s event expects to draw more than 1,000 participants and raise more than $200,000 for cancer research.

“We’ll also have a tent during the event and sell our popular pulled pork sandwiches and bowls of buttered mushrooms, and donate all the proceeds back to the cause,” Morse said.

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Richard Emery (left) and Tom Zigmont, both apprentices in the Warren Electrical JATC program, help install the electrical service for the 2015 Relay for Life participants. The volunteer project has become a tradition for IBEW Local 573 of Warren.

IBEW Local 573 is part of NECA-IBEW Electricians, an association of union electrical contractors and IBEW locals in the Mahoning Valley.