Aerospace Machinists raise $322,000 for Guide Dogs

GuideDogsPups2SEATTLE — Members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 raised more than $322,000 for their favorite charity, Guide Dogs of America, this year.

The announcement was made by IAM 751 President Jon Holden at the annual Guide Dogs of America charity banquet in Las Vegas, where Holden presented a check for $322,266.50.

District 751 remains the No. 1 fundraiser for Guide Dogs of America across North America. Over the past six years, the union has raised and donated nearly $1.8 million to the California-based charity, which 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.

GuideDogsPups3Holden said he was proud of the union members, officers and staff who had organized a dozen different fundraisers across Washington state, ranging from a fishing derby in Westport to a charity trap shoot in Spokane.

“No matter what hurdles are placed in our members’ way, they just won’t stop,” Holden said.

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 33,000 working men and women at 51 employers across Washington and California.

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