Base machinists raise $7,500 for food banks

Machinists Union members who work at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station raised more than $7,500 at their recent charity golf tournament. The tournament at Avalon Golf Links attracted 48 golfers and raised $7,654, which was a fundraising record for the fourth-annual tournament. The team of Rich Bach, Bill Herrmann, Robb Lindell and Stan Sawhill won the four-man best ball tournament. The money will be split between two food banks: North Whidbey Help House and Helping Hands Food Bank in Sedro-Wooley. “Our Machinists at NAS Whidbey – and really all of our members, across our whole union – are so generous,” said Richard Jackson, the chief of staff for Machinists Union District Lodge 751. “We had a lot of support from some great volunteers and sponsors, and, as a result, we had a lot of fun raising money for a great cause.” District 751 represents more than 175 civilian workers at NAS Whidbey, employed by defense contractors Delaware Resources Group, Doss Aviation and URS Corp.