Machinists on a Mission to raise funds with Fife 5K

VennieConnie6FIFE – Volunteers from Machinists Union District Lodge 751 are once again teaming with The Rescue Mission in Tacoma for a 5K fun run and walk to raise money for the mission.

The second annual Rescue Race Vennie Murphy 5K will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at Dacca Park on 54th Avenue East in Fife. Registration is $25 for adults, $20 for youth under 18 and $10 for children under 12.

For details or to register online, go to

Last year’s walkathon raised more than $9,000 for the mission, which works with people at all stages of addiction, homelessness or other life challenges. Founded in Tacoma in 1912, The Rescue Mission now has six locations across Pierce County.

The mission serves about 1,000 meals a day to homeless people in Pierce County, and provides shelter to about 160 homeless children and their parents each night.

The walkathon is named in honor of longtime District 751 Machinist Vennie Murphy, a retired Boeing Co. worker from Puyallup who has volunteered at the mission since the ‘90s.

Due to Murphy’s involvement, volunteers from District 751’s Machinists Volunteer Program now prepare and serve breakfast to the mission’s homeless clients in Tacoma two weekends a month, and periodically throw Sunday dinners as well.

Murphy was named one of The Rescue Mission’s volunteers of the year in 2012.

Originally founded in 1935 to represent hourly workers at Boeing, District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents nearly 33,000 working men and women at 49 employers across Washington, Oregon and California.

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One Response to “Machinists on a Mission to raise funds with Fife 5K”
  1. To register for the Rescue Race: Vennie Murphy 5k for the Rescue Mission, visit We hope to see you there!

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