Seattle District 751 Raises $17,500 for GDA

The winning team from the 2016 Guide Dogs of America Charity Golf Tournament: (from left) Jerod Gillies, Marvin Rosales, Casey Schmidt and Scott Chord. Their best-ball score of 56 for the round gave them a one-shot edge over the second-place team.

IAM District 751 held their 25th Annual Guide Dogs of America (GDA) golf tournament recently, raising more than $17,000 for the IAM’s favorite charity. One hundred thirty-two golfers turned out for the yearly golf outing at Willows Run Golf Complex in Redmond, WA.

“We had a great group of golfers, a lot of volunteers and the folks at Willows Run were, as always, really great to work with,” said IAM District 751 member Mark Clark, who was the tournament’s lead organizer. “Everyone worked together so we could have a fun day raising money for a great cause.”

“I’m always proud of the work and effort of District 751 to raise money for Guide Dogs of America,” said IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen. Their endless dedication to helping others is an inspiration to all.”

According to a recent Redmond Reporter article, District 751 is one of the top fundraisers for Guide Dogs of America. Over the past seven years, the union has raised more than $2 million for the charity.

Guide Dogs of America provides guide dogs to blind and visually impaired men and women in the U.S. and Canada and charges nothing to recipients or their families for the many services and items required. These include a fully trained guide dog, a specially designed harness, instruction by GDA’s professionally licensed trainers, on-site room and board for the 28-day instruction period, veterinary and follow-up care and necessary travel expenses.

GDA receives no government funding or support. It costs approximately $42,000 for GDA to create a successful guide dog team.