Forty-seven motorcycle riders participated in the 8th annual Guide Dogs Dash Aug. 23, sponsored by Machinists Lodge 63 and Machinists District W24. This year’s ride was held in honor of Chuck Drake, who passed away last December. Drake had the original idea for the ride to raise money for Guide Dogs of America. Guide Dogs was founded by the International Association of Machinists in 1948 in Sylmar, California, to provide guide dogs free of charge to the blind community. The organization depends solely on voluntary donations, bequests, and fundraising events, such as the motorcycle poker run. This year’s event raised nearly $3,500.