Georgia Local 709 Memorial Ride Takes in $6K for Guide Dogs

Bikers begin a 68-mile trip during the Jeff Goen Memorial Ride for Guides, hosted by IAM Local 709 in Marietta, GA. 

The Jeff Goen Memorial Ride for Guides, hosted by IAM Local 709 in Marietta, GA, took in over $6,000 for Guide Dogs of America, a non-profit organization founded by an IAM member that provides guide dogs to visually-impaired men and women free of charge.

Nearly 50 motorcyclists participated in the 68-mile ride, with many more, including the entire IAM Southern Territory staff, coming out to enjoy a live band, southern BBQ, a silent auction and games.

The annual event pays tribute to former Local 709 President Jeff Goen, who lost his battle with prostate cancer in 2009.

“It was a great way to pay tribute to Jeff, as well as raise money for a great cause,” said IAM Local 709 President Perry Gulledge. “Thanks so much to everyone who participated, and the staff and volunteers who made it all possible.”

Guide Dogs of America does not receive any funding from the government and relies solely upon donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, chapters, clubs and other non-profit organizations. It costs $40,000 to fully train one guide dog.

More photos of the event are available on the IAM Local 709 Facebook page.