Good rockin’: Elvis tribute raises $2,900 for charity

EVERETT — Have you heard the news? There was good rockin’ that night and it helped bring in money, honey, for a very good cause.

TracyElvis1Close to 200 people attended Tracy Alan Moore’s Elvis tribute show at the Historic Everett Theatre on Aug. 15. After expenses, the show generated nearly $2,900 for Guide Dogs of America.

Guide Dogs of America is 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.

Moore is a member of Machinists Union Local Lodge 751-A who works for the Boeing Co. in Everett. He’s been performing as Elvis for more than 20 years, and it really shows, said Local 751-A President Les Mullen.

“Tracy put on an incredible show for more than two hours,” Mullen said. “He and his band are great performers who put out a lot of energy to make sure the audience has a good time.

“The fact that he did all this for charity says a lot about who Tracy is,” Mullen concluded.

The audience included a big contingent of people who weren’t connected to the Machinists Union, noted IAM 751 Chief of Staff Richard Jackson. During the band’s break between sets, Jackson briefly talked about how the Guide Dogs of America was started because of a Machinist Union member, and about District 751’s involvement with Guide Dogs of America.

“Tracy’s show was a good opportunity to talk with people about who we are as a union and what we do,” Jackson said. “And it was a lot of fun.”

Local 751-A is affiliated with Machinists Union District Lodge 751, which is the No. 1 fundraising group for Guide Dogs of America. Over the past six years, the union has raised more than $1.8 million for the charity.

Originally formed in 1935 – the year of Elvis’ birth – to represent hourly workers at Boeing, 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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