Smokey Point Sound Harley helps raise funds for charity

MARYSIVLLE — The unseasonably cool and wet June weather held down the turnout, but didn’t dampen the spirits of motorcycle enthusiasts who showed up at Sound Harley-Davidson in Smokey Point and Northwest Harley-Davidson in Lacey, June 19, to take part in Puppy Putt 8.

More than 100 riders came out in the rain for the annual ride, to benefit Guide Dogs of America, which raised more than $7,000 in cash donations for the charity this year. Sponsors donated another $3,000 worth of prizes for participants.

Smokey Point’s Sound Harley and Lacey’s Northwest Harley served as the two starting points for the ride, with the two groups meeting at Downtown Harley-Davidson in Renton for a motorcycle show that included music, food and dancing.

“It was kind of a rainy day, but we had a lot of fun anyway,” said Terri Myette, a Machinists Union steward who co-chaired the event. Puppy Putt is sponsored annually by Machinists District Lodge 751 in Seattle.

Co-chair Jim Kakuschke, another Machinists Union steward, thanked sponsors for their support.

“Sound Harley-Davidson in Smokey Point has always been a great supporter, and it was great to have so many other businesses step up to help,” Kakuschke said.

The International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers is a major supporter of Guide Dogs of America, which trains and provides seeing-eye dogs for people across the United States and Canada who are blind or have impaired vision.

In 2009, District 751 — which represents hourly workers at Boeing and 42 other employers across Washington and California — raised nearly a quarter-million dollars for Guide Dogs of America.

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