Connell F. Smith


 Connell F. Smith served as Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer of Laborers’ Local 773 from 1942 to 1976.  It was his vision that guides Local 773 to this day in organizing, political action, and service to the membership.  He provided a strong foundation for one of the most respected Local Unions in the entire International Union.  His philosophy of “Who can I help today” guided him as the longest serving business manager in Local 773 history.

Edward M. Smith Golf Tournament

To benefit the Connell F. Smith-Homer Brown Scholarship Fund

Dear Colleagues, Friends and Supporters:

We hoped by now we would be hosting our Annual Edward M. Smith Charitable Golf Tournament. But unfortunately, in light of the concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided it would be our best decision to not hold the 2020 tournament.

As you know, the Edward M. Smith Charitable Golf Tournament is our only means to provide the funding for our Connell F. Smith-Homer Brown Scholarship Fund. This year, our 2020 scholarship fund will grant nearly $70,000 to 46 individual college students that will be attending school in the fall of 2020. Our recipients of these scholarships must meet several academic requirements, but above all they must be a student who gives back to their community, an important characteristic of those affiliated with Local 773. This year, our 46 recipients have been working by our side at our Laborers’ Pandemic Food Distributions, helping us supply 25,000 pounds of food weekly to aid residents as they cope with the hardships brought by the pandemic.

As we remain committed to our educational grants, we hope that the cancellation of our tournament does not deter you from making a donation this year. Education is the most powerful weapon in creating a sustainable economy. As an alternative to a day of golf we are offering the Laborers’ Local 773 “Who have I Helped Today” Yeti Ramblers and a sponsorship ad in our 2021 Connell F. Smith-Homer Brown Scholarship Fund Calendar for your donation. There are four levels of sponsorship available, please refer to the attached brochure for details.

Please make checks to “The Connell F. Smith-Homer Brown Scholarship Fund “mailing address 5102 Ed Smith Way, Marion, Illinois 62959. Please send donations and sponsorships no later than October 30th, 2020.

Once again, thank you for your continued support for our Scholarship Fund. Our organization is a 501(c)3 charitable fund. We hope to see you next June at Hickory Ridge in Carbondale for our 2021 Edward M. Smith Charitable Golf Tournament!