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'Puppy Putt' returns to Sound Harley June 16

SMOKEY POINT — The annual "Puppy Putt" motorcycle poker run to benefit charity will return to Sound Harley-Davidson on June 16.

The 10-year-old event is sponsored by Machinists Union District Lodge 751 and is a fundraiser for Guide Dogs of America, a California-based charity that provides guide dogs for blind and vision-impaired people from across the United States and Canada.

This year's event will have starting points at Sound Harley-Davidson, located at 16212 Smokey Point Blvd. in Marysville, and at Northwest Harley-Davidson, located at 8000 Freedom Lane NE in Lacey.

The two groups will take part in poker runs that will end up at District 751's Seattle Union Hall, located at 9125 15th Place S. Once there, riders will take part in an afternoon of motorcycle-themed fun, food and music.

Advance registration currently costs $15 per rider, with an additional $5 fee for passengers. After June 4, registration will run $20 per rider. Checks should be made out to Guide Dogs of America, and mailed to IAM&AW District Lodge 751, "Attention: Puppy Putt," 8729 Airport Rd., Everett, WA 98204.

Harley-Davidson dealers around Puget Sound are major sponsors, but organizers stress that Puppy Putt is an "all-breed" event, open to riders of all makes of motorcycles. Details can be found online at www.PuppyPutt.com.

Last year, more than 75 riders turned out in a driving rainstorm for the Puppy Putt event, raising $7,800 for Guide Dogs. That was part of $263,000 raised by District 751 Machinists, who were the top fundraisers for the charity across North America.

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