Rescue Race: 5K run raises $30,000 for Tacoma mission

FIFE — More than 300 runners – including roughly 50 members of  Machinists Union District Lodge 751 – came out to Dacca Park in Fife on April 12 for the second annual Rescue Race: Vennie Murphy 5K.

race start 1The race raised more than $30,000 for The Rescue Mission in Tacoma.

“It was a great success,” said Jann Sonntag, a spokeswoman for the mission. “We want a really first-class event for Vennie. We certainly achieved that on Saturday.”

The Rescue Mission provides a range of services to people dealing with homelessness or addiction. The mission serves about 1,000 meals a day to homeless people, and provides shelter to about 160 homeless children – as well as their parents – each night.

The race is named for Vennie Murphy, a Machinists Union member and retired Boeing Co. worker who has volunteered in the mission’s kitchen in Tacoma, serving meals to homeless people, for nearly 20 years.

District 751’s Machinists Volunteer Program Committee co-sponsored the race, provided volunteers on race day and helped collect sponsorships. Because of Murphy’s involvement, union “MVPs” 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 formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at Boeing, 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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