Dog Days: Machinists team up with Pacific Raceways

KENT — Machinists Union District Lodge 751 is teaming up once again with Pacific Raceways for a joint charity fundraising event.

dogdaysjetcarsThe union is selling discount $5 tickets for drag racing on Aug. 15-17 at the track, which is at 31001 144th Ave. SE in Kent. The tickets are on sale at all District 751 union halls around Puget Sound. They are good for entry on any one day of the event. Children under 6 get in free.

Racing starts at noon on Aug. 15 and 9 a.m. on Aug. 16-17, and will feature racing in the Lucas Oil Regional Drag Race Series.

All proceeds from the union ticket sales will go to Guide Dogs of America, the California-based charity that provides services 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. District 751 is the top fundraiser for the charity; over the past five years, volunteers have raised nearly $1.5 million, including a record $384,000 in 2013.

This will be the ninth year that District 751 and Pacific Raceways have teamed up for the “Dog Days” event. The previous eight race weekends have raised nearly $50,000 for Guide Dogs of America.

“A lot of Machinists Union members come out to race at this event, and with the help of the folks at Pacific Raceways, we have a whole lot of fun raising money for a great cause,” said event chairman Robley Evans.

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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