Dog Days: Union plans charity event with Pacific Raceways

Machinists Union District Lodge 751 is once again teaming up with Pacific Raceways for its annual “Dog Days” charity fundraising event.

The Pacific Raceways Guide Dogs Fundraiser will be Aug. 17-19 at the Pacific Raceways drag strip, 31001 144th Ave. SE, Kent.

District 751 is selling discount tickets for Pacific Raceways’ NHRA Lucas Oil Division 6 Top Fuel dragster and Funny car races, which will take place that weekend.

Tickets are $5 and good for one day’s entry to the races. Tickets are on sale at all District 751 union halls in Puget Sound, including the Auburn Hall, 201 A St. SW.

In addition to the professionals, amateur racers from District 751 will take part in the weekend’s activities, said Robley Evans, who heads up the Pacific Raceways event for the union.

“There are probably 15 Machinists Union guys who race,” he said. “Everything from drag racers to motorcycles.”

All proceeds will go to Guide Dogs of America, a California-based charity that provides service dogs to people across North America who are blind or have impaired vision.

Machinists District 751 is the top fundraiser for Guide Dogs of America. Last year, members of the union collected more than $263,000 for the charity.

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