Aerospace Machinists raise $12,000 with go-kart race

KartingMainKENT — Machinists Union members raised more than $12,000 for charity with a recent go-kart race at PGP Motorsports Park at Pacific Raceways.

The event, sponsored by Machinists Union Local Lodge 751-F, was held Sept. 12 at the track in Kent. It featured 17 teams of four drivers who hit speeds up to 50 mph as they circled the course for two hours.

“Our Karting Challenege is always a fun event, thanks to our volunteers, our sponsors and the folks at Pacific Raceways who help us put it on,” said Local 751-F President Robley Evans. “We had good weather and a great time, and raised a lot of money for a really great charity.”

All the proceeds will go to Guide Dogs of America, a 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 by 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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