Puppy Putt 10: Union plans charity motorcycle run

SEATTLE — Puppy Putt 10 – a motorcycle poker run to benefit charity – will be June 16 at  locations around Puget Sound.

The annual event is sponsored by Machinists Union District Lodge 751 and is a fundraiser for Guide Dogs of America. The California-based charity provides guide dogs for blind or vision-impaired people from across the United States and Canada.

This year’s event will have two starting points: at Sound Harley-Davidson, 16212 Smokey Point Blvd. in Marysville, and at Northwest Harley-Davidson at 8000 Freedom Lane NE in Lacey.

The two groups will take part in poker runs that will end up at District 751’s Seattle Union Hall, which is at 9125 15th Place S. Once there, riders will take part in an afternoon of motorcycle-themed fun, food and music.

Advance registration costs $15 per rider, with an additional $5 fee for passengers. After June 4, registration costs $20 per rider. Checks should be made out to Guide Dogs of America, and mailed to IAM&AW District Lodge 751, Attention: Puppy Putt, 8729 Airport Road, Everett, WA 98204.

Harley-Davidson dealers around Puget Sound are major sponsors, but organizers stress that Puppy Putt is an “all breed” event, open to riders of all makes of motorcycles. Details can be found online at www.PuppyPutt.com.

Last year, more than 75 riders turned out in a driving rainstorm for the Puppy Putt event, raising $7,800 for Guide Dogs. That was part of $263,000 raised by District 751 Machinists, who were the top fundraisers for the charity across North America.

Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at the Boeing Co., District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents more than 31,000 working men and women at 45 employers across Washington, Oregon and California. In 2011, members of the Machinists Volunteer Program built their 300th wheelchair ramp while other volunteers collected more than $263,000 for Guide Dogs of America, the union’s charity of choice.

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