IAM District 9 recently held its 28th annual Guide Dogs of America charity golf event, which raised $43,000 for the Machinist Union’s favorite charity. The event included about 120 participants at the Florissant Golf Club in Florissant, Mo.

The tournament included GDA’s Marketing and Outreach Manager Zack Gittlen and Guide Dog “Legend” as the special guests at the tournament. Gittlen gave a speech about the importance of the organization’s guide dogs to help the blind and those who suffer from conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“District 9 takes tremendous pride in hosting this annual golf event, which includes good fun for a very important cause,” said IAM District 9 Directing Business Representative Dave Weaver. “We are so proud of our members and the efforts to help make sure that Guide Dogs of America has the support needed to help those who need its services.

“This annual event shows how Machinists come together to increase resources for Guide Dogs of America,” said IAM Midwest Territory President Steve Galloway. “Thank you to the members of IAM District 9 who always stands in solidarity when called to help those who truly need our support.”

Last year, 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 to become trusted companions that bring confidence, independence, and mobility. 

The organization’s services are provided free of charge to residents in the U.S. and Canada.

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