IAM District 776 in Fort Worth, TX recently held the fifth annual General Vice President Mark Blondin’s Path to Freedom Car show, which raised almost $27,000 for Guide Dogs of America / Tender Loving Canines (GDA/TLC).

“Thanks to GVP Blondin for always supporting us, Gary Kennermer for running a great Texas Hold’em card game, and Mark Miller and his BBQ cookers, Machelle Lopez and Johnnie Shugg, who put on a great and filling BBQ competition,” said Chub McCrory, IAM District 776 Organizer. “The Sweet Dreams Car Club provided some real nice-looking cars for the car show, and the motorcycle run was a highlight. I would also like to thank everyone who showed up, participated, and donated, with a special thanks to the vendors, the VFW 5616, United Way, the White Settlement Police Department, and JC Parker from the IBEW. See you next year.” 

“The team at District 776 really outdid themselves this year by creating such a unique, fun event, which provided an opportunity to contribute to this great charity,” said IAM Aerospace General Vice President Mark Blondin. “A special thank you to Chub, Gary Kennermer and Anna Richey for an outstanding job. The Aerospace Department is always honored and readily available to help support the Guide Dogs of America and Tender Loving Canines.”

Guide Dogs of America is the IAM’s favorite charity. In 2020, GDA completed a merger with Tender Loving Canines and now provides hardworking service dogs for people who are blind/ visually impaired, veterans, and individuals with autism, and facilities to become trusted companions that bring confidence, independence, and mobility. Their services are provided free of charge to residents in the U.S. and Canada.


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