Puppy Putt 12: Machinists set charity motorcycle ride

SEATTLE — The 12th annual Puppy Putt charity motorcycle ride will be July 12 at locations around Puget Sound.

PuppyPuttRiders will leave between 8 and 10 a.m. on July 12 from Sound Harley-Davidson at 1612 Smokey Point Blvd. in Marysville and from Northwest Harley-Davidson at 8000 Freedom Lane in Lacey. The separate groups will meet at Machinists Union District Lodge 751‘s Seattle Union Hall — 9135 15th Place S. — for an afternoon of motorcycle-themed food, music and fun.

Puppy Putt is a fundraiser for 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.

Advanced registration is $15 for a rider and $5 for passengers. Registration forms are available at all District 751 union halls in Puget Sound or online at www.PuppyPutt.com.

Puget Sound Harley-Davidson dealers are major sponsors, but Puppy Putt is open to motorcycles of all makes and models, said Terri Myette, who is chairwoman of the organizing committee. “It’s an all-breed event,” she said.

For details, go online at www.PuppyPutt.com or call District 751’s Renton Union Hall at (425) 235-3777.

District 751 is the top fundraiser for Guide Dogs of America. Over the past five years, the union has raised nearly $1.5 million for the charity, including a record $384,000 in 2013.

“Puppy Putt is a fun event that attracts motorcycle enthusiasts from across Puget Sound,” said District 751 President Jon Holden. “But it’s also an important event to raise funds for a charity that makes a huge difference in the lives of the people it touches.”

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 32,000 working men and women at 50 employers across Washington, Oregon and California.

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