Union motorcycle event raises $7,000 for charity

The unseasonably cool and wet June weather held down the turnout, but didn’t dampen the spirits of motorcycle enthusiasts who took part in Puppy Putt 8, a ride to benefit Guide Dogs of America.

More than 100 riders came out in the rain for the June 19 event, which raised more than $7,000 in cash donations for the charity. Sponsors donated another $3,000 worth of prizes for participants.

 There were two starting points for the ride, at Sound Harley-Davidson in Marysville and Northwest Harley-Davidson in Lacey. The two groups met at Downtown Harley-Davidson in Renton, for a motorcycle show that included music, food and dancing.

 “It was kind of a rainy day, but we had a lot of fun anyway,” said Terri Myette, a Machinists Union steward who was co-chairwoman of the event. Puppy Putt is sponsored annually by Machinists District Lodge 751 in Seattle.

 Co-chairman Jim Kakuschke, another Machinists Union steward, thanked sponsors for their support. “The Harley-Davidson dealers have always been great supporters, and it was great to have so many other businesses step up to help.”

 The International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers is a major supporter of Guide Dogs of America, which provides trained seeing-eye dogs for people across the United States and Canada who are blind or have impaired vision.

 In 2009, District 751 – which represents hourly workers at Boeing and 42 other employers across Washington and California – raised nearly a quarter-million dollars for Guide Dogs of America.

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  1. […] In addition to that, District 751 volunteers also raised close to a quarter-million dollars for Guide Dogs of America in 2009 with a series of fundraisers that included an annual golf tournament and motorcycle charity ride. […]



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