Aerospace Machinists plan go-kart race for charity

KENT – Machinists Union Local Lodge 751-F will hold its second annual Guide Dogs Karting Challenge on Sept. 6 at PGP Motorsports Park at Pacific Raceways in Kent.

race-startThe race will be from 2 to 6 p.m. and will feature teams of drivers racing for two hours around the PGP track, which is at 31003 144th Ave. SE. Prizes will go to the teams that complete the most overall laps in the time allowed.

The cost is $400 per team, and each team can have up to four drivers. Lunch is included in the registration fee.

Last year’s Karting Challenge raised $15,000 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.

“It was very successful last year and everybody had a lot of fun,” said Local 751-F President Robley Evans.

For registration information, call Evans at (253) 350-6725.

Local 751-F is affiliated with Machinists Union District Lodge 751, which 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.

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 the United States and Canada.

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