Philadelphia roofer wins VIP trip to Country Music Awards courtesy of Carhartt and Union Sportsmen’s Alliance

Roofers Local 30 member hoped to simply `win a jacket’ 

Nashville, TN – November 12, 2013 - Michael Pronchik, a long-time union roofer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, returned home Thursday with memories of star-studded celebrity sightings, award-winning musical performances, and visits to historical honky tonks and venues, thanks to a recent all-expenses paid trip to Nashville, Tennessee, courtesy of Carhartt and the Union Sportsmen Alliance (USA.)

A journeyman with a Philadelphia roofing company, avid outdoorsman and member of the USA, Pronchik entered the USA’s “Carhartt Camo & Country Giveaway” for the chance to win gear when he saw the USA was giving away some of Carhartt’s new line of U.S./Union made camouflage.  That entry earned him the grand prize, a 3-day trip for two to the 47th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville.

“I was very excited about that,” said Pronchik. “I just hoped to win the jacket!”

Pronchik enjoys fishing and hunting and said he has had his eye on items from Carhartt’s new line ever since it launched.  In addition to the trip, the grand prize also included Carhartt camo bibs, pants and the coveted jacket. He said he hopes Carhartt expands the line “…especially since it is made here. They make good clothing that lasts,” he said.

USA CMA winner Michael Pronchik and guest, Candi Garrison, in Nashville.

USA CMA winner Michael Pronchik (left) and guest, Candi Garrison (right), in Nashville.

Pronchik, who said he has never won anything before and has never visited the `Music City,’ invited guest, Candi Garrison, also of Philadelphia, to come along.  “It was a very nice affair,” he said. “We had a really good time.”

Pronchik, a member of Roofers Local 30, has been a member of the USA just shy of six years having joined just a few months after it launched. He enjoys getting to hear stories from other members as well as recommendations on great gear.

“With a membership base that recently surpassed 100,000, we are more excited than ever about the positive impact we can have on conservation,” said USA Executive Director Fred Myers. “Michael Pronchik put his support behind the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance when we had little more than 100 members, so we are thrilled that his commitment paid off with an exciting trip and quality U.S./union made camouflage. We are grateful to Carhartt not only for supporting our mission but also for bringing added value to our members with durable clothing for both on the job and in the field.”

Tim Humes, Carhartt’s brand marketing manager of strategic partnership and public relations, said that Carhartt is proud to be a partner of the USA – an organization that aligns closely with the company’s passion for hard work and love of the outdoors.

“Carhartt wanted to thank the USA membership for all it does by sending one lucky winner to the Country Music Awards in Nashville…It’s our way of recognizing a job well-done by an organization we hold in high esteem,” said Humes. “The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, through its numerous conservation programs, is constantly giving back to wildlife habitats across the country so we can all enjoy expanded and improved recreational activities outdoors.”

Pronchik has been a roofer since 1971 and a proud union member from day one. “It’s good, hard, honest work,” he says.

In his spare time, he enjoys being a part of his neighborhood, residential community, volunteering at neighborhood evens and helping raise money for families in need. “You get to know them that way,” he said. “It’s like a family almost, and it makes a nicer environment to live in.”

About the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance:

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) is a union-dedicated outdoor organization whose members hunt, fish, shoot and volunteer their skills for conservation. The USA is uniting the Union community to expand and improve hunting and fishing access and wildlife habitat throughout North America. For more information, visitwww.unionsportsmen.org  or www.facebook.com/unionsportsmen.

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