IAM 751 volunteers raise $246,000 for charity in 2016
LAS VEGAS — Volunteers with Machinists Union District Lodge 751 raised $246,000 for charity in 2016.
IAM 751 President Jon Holden presented a check for that amount to Guide Dogs of America at the organization’s annual banquet, held Nov. 19 in Las Vegas.
“Our union is committed to helping people improve their quality of life,” Holden said. “Our work with Guide Dogs of America is one more way we put that commitment into action.”
The money was raised through individual donations and a series of fundraisers that included:
- A fun run and a car show in Everett,
- Go-kart races and a weekend of drag racing in Kent,
- A motorcycle poker run from Marysville and Lacey to Seattle,
- Prize raffles in Eastern Washington,
- A trap shoot in Spokane,
- A golf tournament in Redmond,
- A horseshoes tournament in Maple Valley, and
- A benefit Elvis tribute show in Seattle.
District 751 is one of the top fundraisers for Guide Dogs of America, a 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.
Over the past eight years, the union has raised nearly $2.3 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 nearly 32,000 working men and women at 53 employers across Washington and California.
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