Machinists at NAS Whidbey raise $6,000 for food bank

(Note, this post has been revised since originally posted to reflect the total cash raised.)

OAK HARBOR — Machinists Union members who work for civilian contractors at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station raised nearly $6,100 for a Whidbey charity with a recent golf tournament.

WhidbeyGolfPicClose to 50 golfers braved an unprecedented summer storm – with heavy rain and winds gusting up to 70 mph – to take part in the third-annual tournament Aug. 29 at the Navy Gallery Golf Course.

The four-man scramble tournament was won by the team of Rich Bach, Bill Herrmann, Robb Lindell and Stan Sawhill.

“Given the weather, that was some extreme golf,” said Richard Jackson, the chief of staff for Machinists Union District Lodge 751. “But it turned it to be a lot of fun, and we raised a record amount of money for a good cause.”

All proceeds from the tournament are going to North Whidbey Help House, a community-based food bank that serves northern Whidbey Island. Help House provides supplemental and emergency food, Salvation Army prescription vouches and telephone health and welfare checkups.

District 751 represents about 200 civilian workers at NAS Whidbey who are employed by URS Corp., Delaware Resources Group and Doss Aviation.

Jackson thanked the volunteers and sponsors who helped put on the event, and gave special recognition to Tulalip Tribes Charitable Contributions, which was a major sponsor, donating $2,000.

“Their support was really great,” Jackson said. “Working together with the tribes, we were able to do more to assist Help House in its mission to help people in need in Oak Harbor and north Whidbey.”

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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