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Come Out and Show Your Support

Hogs, Dogs and Rods will once again raise funds for the Northwest Kidney Center

By Jillian Chandler

Photo Courtesy of Jason Thomas

Cool rides and hot dogs will once again make their way to the Gig Harbor Eagles Club Saturday, August 15, for the Hogs, Dogs and Rods fundraising event to benefit the Northwest Kidney Center.

From noon to 5pm, the community is invited to join in an afternoon complete with beautiful rides (both cars and motorcycles), hot-off-the-grill hot dogs and fresh, warm pretzels, live music and more, all for a great cause.

Now in its third year, this fundraising event features a car and motorcycle show complete with pinup girls, and be sure to vote for your favorite—rod, hog and girl!

Trophies, sponsored by Eagle Tire, will be awarded in three categories for both cars and bikes: Best Custom Car/Harley, Best Original Car/Harley and Best in Show. And don’t forget the pinup/pageant girls, as one lucky and deserving participant will be awarded a trophy. This is always a highlight of the afternoon.

Jim Hines is scheduled to MC the event, and it’s sure to be a fun time as he announces the pinup girls, each with her own pageant name and creative “made-up” story. Live music by the Big Bear Band will also be included in the day’s festivities. The event, which is open to both members and non-members alike, is free to attend, though all donations are greatly appreciated and will benefit the Northwest Kidney Center.

One member of the Eagles Chapter 2809, Scott Wolinski, is a kidney recipient himself, making the importance of funding for kidney research touch that much closer to home for the Gig Harbor Eagles Club members.

Northwest Kidney Center provides those with kidney disease excellent care and vital support through their dedicated team, researching to find better ways to treat and prevent kidney disease. Through your support, you help make it possible for the team at Northwest Kidney Centers to provide treatments for those with kidney disease, educate those at risk and support kidney research.

Attendees can rest assured that when attending Hogs, Dogs and Rods that event organizers will be following the current COVID-19 safety guidelines. Last year’s event raised roughly $3,800 for the Kidney Center, with proceeds going toward anything from research to dialysis to kidney transplants. This year they hope to raise more than $5,000.

If you are unable to attend this year’s event, you can donate online at , or drop off a donation in person at the Eagles (4425 Burnham Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332 ATTN: Donation to Hogs, Dogs and Rods). To find out more about the Northwest Kidney Center, visit

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