Union poker tournament raises $12,000 for charity
TULALIP – Machinists Union members raised more than $12,000 for charity with a recent poker tournament.
This year’s poker tournament drew 125 players. The event included a slot machine tournament for spouses and poker players who were eliminated early.
“We had another great tournament,” said Ron Coen, the president of Machinists Union Local Lodge 751-C, which sponsored the event. “Our committee members worked hard, we had some really good sponsors, and the people at the Tulalip Resort Casino were once again great to work with.”
All proceeds from the poker and slots tournaments will go to Guide Dogs of America, the California-based charity that provides guide dogs and training free of charge to people who are blind or have impaired vision from across the United States and Canada.
Local 751-C is affiliated with Machinists Union District Lodge 751, which is the top fundraiser across North America for the charity. Last year, District 751 volunteers raised a record $384,000 for Guide Dogs of 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 nearly 33,000 working men and women at 49 employers across Washington, Oregon and California.
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