Fun deal: Charity poker tourney raises $10,000

AUBURN — Machinists Union members helped raised nearly $10,000 for charity with a benefit poker tournament this year.

The “All in For Guide Dogs” Hold ‘Em Tournament attracted 90 players to the Muckleshoot Casino on Nov. 12.

final-threeTeresa Messenger won the tournament, but Guide Dogs of America was the biggest winner, said Andy Schier, the president of Machinists Union Local Lodge 751-C, which sponsored the tournament.

“It was a really fun deal,” he said. “We had the support of some great volunteers, and the folks at Muckleshoot Casino were great hosts.”

Local 751-C is affiliated with Machinists Union District Lodge 751, which is one of the largest fundraisers for 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.

In 2016, District 751 raised $246,000 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 31,000 working men and women at 53 employers across Washington and California.

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