Aerospace Machinsts plan 2015 charity go-kart race

KENT — Machinists Union Local Lodge 751-F will hold its third annual Guide Dogs Karting Challenge on Sept. 12 at PGP Motorsports Park at Pacific Raceways.

crowdedThe event will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on that Saturday, and will feature teams of drivers racing for two hours around the PGP track, which is at 31001 144th Ave. SE. Prizes will go to the teams that complete the most overall laps in the time allowed.

The cost is $400 per team, and each team can have up to four drivers. Lunch is included in the registration fee.

Last year’s Karting Challenge raised more than $14,000, said Local 751-F President Robley Evans. “We’ve had lots of success and a lot of fun with this event.”

All proceeds are going to Guide Dogs of America, 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.

Local 751-F is affiliated with Machinists Union District Lodge 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.

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