Machinists’ salmon derby to raise funds for charity

WESTPORT, Wash.  — Machinists Union Local Lodge 751-C‘s annual Jimmy Darrah Memorial Salmon Derby will be July 26 at Westport.

SalmonThis year’s derby is a fundaiser for Guide Dogs of America, the 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.

Local 751-C has reserved four boats with Ocean Sportfishing Charters at Wesport. Boats will be filled on a first-paid basis with District 751 members and their guests. They will leave at 5:30 a.m. on derby day and will return by 5:30 p.m.

The cost is $200 per person, which includes sandwiches, snacks, refreshments, trophies and $1,500 in prizes. Trophies and prizes will be awarded during a ceremony at Westport’s Islander Restaurant after all boats return.

Registration forms are available at all IAM 751 union halls in Puget Sound. Details on the derby and on Westport-area lodging are available from Don Fike at (425) 822-5189.

Local 751-C is affiliated with Machinists Union District Lodge 751, which is the top fundraiser for Guide Dogs of America. Over the past five years, union volunteers have contributed nearly $1.5 million to the charity, including a record $384,000 in 2013.

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 woman at 50 employers across Washington, Oregon and California.

Check out our award-winning IAM 751 YouTube channel.

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