Eastern Washington locals set fundraising record

SPOKANE — Members of three Machinists Union local lodges in Eastern Washington have combined to raise more than $11,500 for charity this year – a single-year record.

Ea wa checkRepresentatives of Local Lodge 86 in Spokane, Local Lodge 1123 in Wenatchee and Local Lodge 1951 in Richland presented a check for $11,513.77 at a recent meeting of the union’s district council in Seattle.

The money was raised during a series of events held from Yakima to Spokane, including prize raffles and a first-ever charity trap shoot.

The trap shoot, held in Spokane in August, attracted 35 shooters and brought in $3,500.

All the money raised is going to Guide Dogs of America, a California-based charity that provides service dogs, and training in their use, free of charge to people who are blind or have impaired vision from across the United States and Canada.

Ken Howard group shootMachinists Union members in Eastern Washington “have really gotten creative and motivated in their efforts to raise money for this worthwhile charity,” said Steve Warren, a business representative for the union, who is based in Spokane. “The results have paid off for Guide Dogs.”

The three Eastern Washington locals are all affiliated with Machinists Union District Lodge 751 in Seattle. District 751 is the top fundraiser across North America for the Guide Dogs charity, having raised more than $1 million over the past four years, including a record $299,000 in 2012.

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 some 33,000 working men and women at 49 employers across Washington, Oregon and California. They are served by a network of local lodges based in Seattle, Richland, Spokane and Wenatchee.

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