Hot dogs for Guide Dogs: Machinists raise $2,200

KENNEWICK — Members of Machinists Union Local Lodge 1951 raised $2,207 for Guide Dogs of America with their annual hot dog feed.

RanchHome1The event was held the weekend of Mother’s Day – May 9-10 – in the parking lot of the Ranch & Home store in Kennewick. Local 1951 members handed out free hot dogs and information about the Machinists Union while collecting donations for the charity.

“It was a really successful weekend,” said Ken Howard, who is the staff assistant for Machinists Union District Lodge 751 in Central Washington. “We raised money for a great charity, and spread the word about all the good things the Machinists Union does for working people in our community.”

Guide Dogs of America is the California-based charity that provides service dogs and training in their use to people who are blind or have impaired vision from across the United States and Canada.

IAM Local 1951 is affiliated with Seattle-based District 751, which is the No. 1 fundraiser for Guide Dogs of America. Over the past six years, the union has raised nearly $1.8 million for the charity.

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 52 employers across Washington and California. In Eastern Washington, members are served by a network of local lodges that includes Local 86 in Spokane, Local 1123 in Wentachee and Local 1951 in Richland.

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