Final Downtown Sounds concert finds last-minute sponsor

The Unity Group of Bellingham and the Downtown Bellingham Partnership announced a sponsorship agreement for the final performance of the 2012 Downtown Sounds Concert Series, scheduled for Aug. 8 on Bay Street.

After a former sponsor for the concert backed out in July, the Downtown Bellingham Partnership faced the possibility of canceling the final show of the popular summer concert series. The event relies heavily on sponsors to help pay the costs of hosting bands and to keep admission free.

“I think Downtown Sounds helps build a strong downtown community,” said Rob Camandona, the partnership’s executive director, in a press release. “By offering a series of free summer concerts, it benefits local businesses, community groups, downtown residents and visitors. It’s hard to express the gratitude we have for The Unity Group’s generosity toward the concert series, as well as to downtown in general.”

Unity Group’s CEO Robb Dale said part of the company’s mission is to invest in the success of its community.

“We value what the Downtown Bellingham Partnership does for local businesses and residents, so when Rob approached us with this opportunity to help, it seemed like a perfect fit,” Dale said.

The Aug. 8 concert features The Pimps of Joytime. Downtown Sounds organizers said the final show of the series should be the largest due to the popularity of the band and the announcement of grand prize raffle winners.

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