NAS Whidbey Machinists raise $8,800 for food banks

Note: This post has been revised to reflect updated fundraising totals.

BURLINGTON – Machinists Union members who work at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station raised more than $8,800 at their recent charity golf tournament.

WhidbeyGolfWinnersThe tournament at Avalon Golf Links attracted 48 golfers and raised $8,854, which was a fund-raising record for the fourth-annual tournament.

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

The money will be split between two food banks: North Whidbey Help House and Helping Hands Food Bank in Sedro-Wooley.

“Our Machinists at NAS Whidbey – and really all of our members, across our whole union – are so generous,” said Richard Jackson, the chief of staff for Machinists Union District Lodge 751. “We had a lot of support from some great volunteers and sponsors, and as a result, we had a lot of fun raising money for a great cause.”

District 751 represents more than 175 civilian workers at NAS Whidbey, employed by defense contractors Delaware Resources Group, Doss Aviation and URS Corp.

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 32,000 working men and women at 53 employers across Washington and California.

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