Union horseshoes tourney raises $3,300 for charity

RENTON — Machinists Union members raised more than $3,300 with a recent horseshoes tournament.

guy throwingAbout two dozen people took part in the annual “Shoes for Puppies” horseshoes tournament, which was held Aug. 8 at the Red Dog Saloon in Renton.

“We had some good volunteers and sponsors, and the people at the Red Dog were, as usual, great to work with,” said Ira Carterman, the president of Machinists Union Local Lodge 751-E. “Everyone came together to make sure we had a fun day raising money for a very worthy cause.”

All proceeds from the event are going 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.

Local 751-E 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 nearly 34,000 working men and women at 52 employers across Washington and California.

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