Machinists’ car show raises $15,000 for charity
EVERETT – The combination of hot cars, warm sun, a new location and a rockin’ band helped drive Machinists Union Local Lodge 751-A’s annual car show to a new level, organizers said.
Organizers of the Sixth Annual Bill Baker Steel & Wheels Supershow had set a goal of raising $15,000 at this year’s show, and the final dollar count will be close to that, said Kim Dove, a Local 751-A officer who was chairman of the event.
For the first time, this year’s show was held at the Machinists Union’s Everett Hall on Airport Road, and the increased visibility definitely helped attendance, Dove said. More than 500 people stopped by on Aug. 14 to look at more than 60 cars and motorcycles on display, including Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson, who presented a “Mayor’s Choice” trophy to Bob Champion, for his 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback.
Champion’s Mustang also won the People’s Choice Award for cars at the show. Curt Gleave’s 2005 Bigdog Pitbull was the People’s Choice Award-winner among motorcycles.
The event set records for the number of registered vehicles and for the amount of money raised, Dove said. “Everett is the place to be. We had a good day, with a lot of cars and a great band. We’ll definitely be back.”
All the proceeds from the car show are going to Guide Dogs of America, a charity that helps place trained guide dogs with blind or vision-impaired people across North America. Last year Machinists District Lodge 751, with which Local 751-A is affiliated, raised nearly a quarter-million dollars for the organization.
Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at Boeing, District 751 now represents more than 25,000 working men and women at 42 companies and agencies across Washington and California.
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