Union members have blast raising $6,500 for charity

SPOKANE VALLEY — Members of Machinists Union Local Lodge 86 raised more than $6,500 with their second-annual trap shoot.

TrapShoot1More than 80 shooters came out for the event, which was held Aug. 22 at the Spokane Gun Club at Greenacres.

John Cushman won the trophy for high overall score with 99 out of 100. Diana Coppell was the top female shooter with a score of 93.

“I want to thank all our volunteers and sponsors who made the day a success,” said union Business Rep Steve Warren. “We had a great turnout, and had a lot of fun raising money for a good cause.”

All of the proceeds 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 86 is affiliated with Machinists Union District Lodge 751, which is the top 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 across Washington and California. They are served by a network of local lodges, which includes IAM Local 86 in Spokane, IAM Local 1123 in Wentachee and IAM Local 1951 in Richland.

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