IAM Midwest Territory on a Roll for Guide Dogs

A view of some of the classic cars on display at the “Spirit of the Midwest” car show at District 9.

Members, officers and guests of the IAM Midwest Territory have been gathering this summer to raise money for Guide Dogs of America (GDA).

The Midwest Territory sponsored the 2nd Annual ‘Spirit of the Midwest’ Rides for Guides, which includes a motorcycle run, dance and car show. The motorcycle run and dance were held at the District 837 hall in Hazelwood, MO.

Bad weather postponed the car show for two months, but it ended up drawing 120 cars and was well attended by auto enthusiasts from all over the St. Louis metro area. The car show was held at the District 9 hall in Bridgeton, MO.

The “Spirit of the Midwest” Rides for Guides raised over $40,000 at this year’s events.

Midwest GVP Phil Gruber, District 9 DBR Tony Rippeto, GST Warren Mart and IP Tom Buffenbarger were among those testing their skills at District 9’s First Annual Trap Shoot for Guide Dogs.

The week after the car show, District 9’s First Annual Trap Shoot for Guide Dogs was held at the Winchester Trap and Skeet Facility in East Alton, IL.

“These events were all fun-filled and huge successes for the Midwest Territory,” said GVP Phil Gruber, “but the fact that all of it was done for Guide Dogs of America really showcases what the IAM and our members are all about.”

All proceeds raised benefit Guide Dogs of America. For more than 60 years, GDA has provided guide dogs and instruction, free of charge, to blind and visually-impaired men and women from the United States and Canada.