IAM 751, Pacific Raceways team up again for charity

KENT — Machinists Union District Lodge 751 and Pacific Raceways are teaming up for their 10th annual joint charity event.

DogDaysJetCarsThe union is selling discount $5 tickets for drag racing on Aug. 21-23 at the track, which is at 31001 144th Ave. SE in Kent. The tickets will be on sale starting next week at all District 751 union halls around Puget Sound. Tickets are good for entry on any one day of the event. Children under 6 get in free.

Racing starts at 9 a.m. all three days, and will feature racing in the Lucas Oil Regional Drag Race Series for top-fuel dragsters and funny cars, as well as the Harley-Davidson Drag Race Series for motorcycles.

All proceeds from the union ticket sales will go to Guide Dogs of America, the California-based charity that provides services 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 the charity; over the past six years, volunteers have raised nearly $1.8 million.

This will be the 10th year that District 751 and Pacific Raceways have teamed up for the “Dog Days” event. The previous nine race weekends have raised more than $56,000 for Guide Dogs of America.

“A lot of Machinists Union members come out to race at this event, and with the help of the folks at Pacific Raceways, we have a whole lot of fun raising money for a great cause,” said event chairman Robley Evans.

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.

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