Machinists raise $6,200 for charity at go-kart race

KENT — Machinists Union Local Lodge 751-F raised more than $6,200 for charity with its fourth-annual Karting Challenge at PGP Motorsports Park at Pacific Raceways.

karting2About 40 drivers took part in the two-hour go-kart marathon on Sept. 10. Starting positions were awarded based on the amount of pledges each driving team collected, and for the second year in a row, “The Bad Axes” team of Sean Lambert and Ron Jarvis rode their pole position to a win.

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.

Local 751-F is affiliated with Machinists Union District Lodge 751, which is one of the top fundraisers for Guide Dogs of America. Over the past seven years, union volunteers have raised more than $2 million for the charity.

“The Karting Challenge is always one of our most-fun fundraisers every year, and that’s due to the hard work of the Local F officers, our sponsors and the folks at Pacific Raceways,” said IAM 751 President Jon Holden. “I thank everyone who came out to support a very good cause.”

Originally founded 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.

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