IAM horseshoes tournament raises $3,500 for charity

RENTON — The annual Shoes for Puppies horseshoes tournament raised more than $3,500 for Guide Dogs of America.

Wilkinson throwThe event was held Aug. 10 at the Red Dog Saloon, and was sponsored by Machinists Union Local Lodge 751-E.

“The folks at the Red Dog were great to work with,” said Local 751-E President Ira Carterman. “Thanks to them, and our tournament sponsors, we had a really good time raising money for a great cause.”

All proceeds go to Guide Dogs of America, the California-based charity that provides service dogs and instruction in their use free of charge to people from around the United States and Canada.

Local 751-E is affiliated with Machinists Union District Lodge 751, which is the No. 1 fundraiser for Guide Dogs of America. Over the past four years, the union has raised more than $1 million for the charity, including a record $299,000 in 2012.

Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at the Boeing Co., Local Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents some 33,000 workers at 49 employers across Washington, Oregon and California.

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