Machinists’ salmon derby reels in $6,770 for charity

WESTPORT, Wash. — The annual Jimmy Darrah Memorial Salmon Derby raised $6,770 for charity.

Some 75 participants took part in the July 26 event, which was sponsored by Machinists Union Local Lodge 751-C. The annual derby is held in memory of Jimmy Darrah, a former Local C president and IAM 751 business rep and grievance coordinator, who died in 2009.

Blondin & mccabeMark Blondin won the derby with a 20-pound 5-ounce salmon. Blondin is a former Local C president who is now a general vice president for the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers. Rich McCabe, a business rep for Machinists Union District Lodge 751, caught the next-largest fish at 19 pounds 10 ounces. 

All the proceeds are going to 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 C is affiliated with District 751, which is the top fundraiser for Guide Dogs of America, having raised nearly $1.5 million over the past five years.

Originally formed to represent hourly workers at the Boeing Co., IAM District 751 now represents more than 32,000 working men and women at 51 employers across Washington and California.

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