Machinists set date for charity motorcycle event

SEATTLE — The 13th annual Puppy Putt charity motorcycle ride will be July 11 at locations around Puget Sound.

PuppyPuttArtRiders will leave between 8 and 10 a.m. on that Saturday, from Sound Harley-Davidson, at 1612 Smokey Point Blvd. in Marysville, and Northwest Harley-Davidson, at 8000 Freedom Lane in Lacey.

The separate groups will meet at Machinists Union District Lodge 751’s Seattle Union Hall – 9135 15th Place S. – for an afternoon of motorcycle-themed food, music and fun.

Advanced registration for the ride costs $15 for each rider and $5 for passengers. Registration forms are available at all IAM 751 union halls in Puget Sound, or online at www.PuppyPutt.com.

Puget Sound Harley-Davidson dealers are major sponsors, but Puppy Putt is open to motorcycles of all makes and models, said Terri Myette, who is chairwoman of the organizing committee. “It’s an all-breed event,” she said.

All funds raised go to Guide Dogs of America, a 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.

District 751 is the top fundraiser for Guide Dogs of America. Over the past six years, the union has raised more than $1.8 million for the charity.

“Puppy Putt is a fun event that attracts motorcycle enthusiasts from across Puget Sound,” said IAM 751 President Jon Holden. “But it’s also an important event to raise funds for a charity that makes a huge difference in the lives of the people it touches.”

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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