Wyandotte resident Daryl Schaumburger said it was nice to win the recent Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry Par for the Course golf outing, but the United Auto Workers local president said the real thrill is supporting and giving back to the community.
Schaumburger teamed with three other UAW members – Rob Jones of Eastpointe, Mark Smith of Brighton and Tony Hoard of Toledo – to finish with a 16-under-par 56 in the 18-hole scramble at Taylor Meadows Golf Club.
The 12th annual golf outing supports the food pantry, which feeds hungry people in seven communities in the region and counts on fundraisers and donations throughout the year. This year, there were 37 foursomes entered in the tournament.
The importance of Fish & Loaves’ mission of “ensuring no one goes hungry” is one of the reasons the UAW sponsored a team in the outing. Schaumburger said that Fish & Loaves provided food for auto workers when they were out on a nationwide strike for 40 days, so it was important to help fund the pantry’s mission.
“Fish & Loaves was there along with other community groups when General Motors went on strike,” said Schaumburger, who is president of UAW Local 245 in Dearborn. “I’m a Ford worker and we look out for one another.
“Fish & Loaves has been there in our time of need. They’ve always been there for us. We want to support each other in those efforts. We do more than bargain contracts. This is what we want to do. Helping bring awareness to Fish & Loaves is a good thing.”
The UAW team was sponsored by Region 1-A under Director Chuck Browning. The region is located in Taylor, which was the site of the golf outing and Fish & Loaves.
Schaumburger said he is proud that the UAW supports many events in the community “on a daily basis.”
“We don’t look to get accolades for it,” he said. “Wherever we are at, it’s what we do.”
A native of Southgate and a former journalism major at Ball State University, Schaumburger started with Ford Motor Company as a 19-year-old cleaning the executive garage.
He turned a full apprenticeship into a career as a plumber pipefitter before becoming more active in the union for the last 18 years. He represents members at Ford’s Research and Engineering Center in Dearborn.
At Par for the Course, the UAW team also won one of the five skins competitions held at holes throughout the day.
Fish & Loaves is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, faith-based organization that provides emergency food assistance to individuals with compassion, respect, dignity and generosity. It is the largest client-choice pantry in the State of Michigan.
While benefiting from donated food, Fish & Loaves also purchases food from various sources to keep its shelves and refrigerators stocked at an expense of about $25,000 monthly.