The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 447 Hawgs for Dogs
is a group of volunteers that are dedicated to supporting the Guide Dogs of America.
The Guide Dogs of America are dedicated to its mission to provide guide dogs and instruction in their use,
free of charge, to blind and visually impaired men and women from the United States and Canada
so that they may continue to pursue their goals with increased mobility and independence.
Hawgs for Dogs was started back in 1989, when members of the IAM union were trying to come up with a new
idea for fundraising for the Guide Dogs of America. Steve Cohan approached John Massetti, Mike Anderson,
and Vince Bazzachini about organizing a motorcycle ride and asked for their help. They said yes, and they
approached the International president asking for permission. Although they were hesitant at first to let this
happen (because of the sensationalizing that the press has always done regarding motorcycle events),
they decided to let the guys try it, and put them on 1 years
Well, the weekend event netted $20,000.00 the first year, and the rest is history!
This group has raised over $1.5 million for GDA. This event recently had its 17th annual ride.
To put on an event like this takes alot of hard work and
As a result of this history the IAM Local 447 has organized it's own Hawgs for Dogs Bike Run.
2013 marks the sixth year running that Local 447 has organized this run to benefit the Guide Dogs.
We are looking to make this years run the biggest ever but we can't do it without you help!
2013 Hawgs Ride Video