Spokane Machinists hit mark for charity fundraising
SPOKANE VALLEY – A record turnout helped Machinists Union Local Lodge 86 hit a new mark for charity fundraising at its fourth annual Guide Dogs of America Trap Shoot.
In all, 83 shooters took part, helping to raise a record $7,546 for the charity at the shoot, which was held Aug. 20 at the Spokane Gun Club at Greenacres.
The winning team was comprised of Daniel Broeckel, Cooper Kennett, Diane Koppel, Mike Koppel and Chris Melhus from Kenworth Sales in Spokane.
This was the second year in a row that a team from Kenworth Sales had won the trap shoot. The mechanics working there are members of Local 86.
Allen Eveland, the organizing committee chairman, thanked everyone who participated.
“We had some generous sponsors and hard-working volunteers, and the folks at the gun club were great to work with,” he said. “As a result, we had a lot of fun, and raised money for a very good cause.”
All proceeds are going to Guide Dogs of America, a registered 501(c)3 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.
IAM Local 86 is affiliated with Machinists Union District Lodge 751 in Seattle, which is one of the top fundraisers for the charity. Over the past seven years, union volunteers have raised more than $2 million.
Originally formed in 1935 by hourly workers at the Boeing Co., District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents nearly 32,000 working men and women at 53 employers across Washington and California.