Nonprofit Notebook

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Peoples Bank invests $35,000 into community

Peoples Bank donated $35,000 in the second quarter of 2008, totaling $70,000 this year, to support local organizations. The bank plans to continue to invest in the community throughout the rest of the year in support of local industry, education, the arts, environment, and other charitable causes.

A few of the organizations supported included Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, Bellingham Festival of Music, and Kulshan Community Land Trust, each with a donation of $5,000.


Surfriders marks storm drains to foster
pollution prevention

The Northwest Straits Chapter of Surfriders Foundation received 1,000 “Drains to Bay” storm drain markers from DAS Manufacturing this August. With help from the city of Bellingham’s Public Works Department, chapter members began marking a majority of the 1,800 storm drain inlets that drain to Bellingham Bay. The goal is to bring awareness about water quality in Bellingham Bay and foster pollution prevention.


Windermere hosts second annual pro-am golf classic

St. Joseph Hospital Foundation and Whatcom Hospice Foundation held the 2nd Annual Windermere Pro-Am Golf Classic on Aug. 2 at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club. The event raised more than $110,000 and proceeds will equally benefit the two foundations.

Funds raised will enable Whatcom Hospice to offer services to terminally ill patients and their families beyond those paid for by Medicare and other insurers. The funds will also support the hospital foundation’s programs that support Charity Care, the Center for Senior Health, Adult Day Health, health care for underprivileged infants and children, the purchase of new technology, updated medical equipment and more.

Windermere Real Estate/Whatcom, Inc. was the title sponsor of the event. Pro sponsor was Birch Equipment Rentals & Sales and other major sponsors included IMCO General Construction and Valley Electric.


Haggen program raises $42,295 for Whatcom
County schools

Customers of Haggen Food & Pharmacy stores raised $42,295 for Whatcom County public and private schools during the 2007-2008 school year through Haggen’s School Bucks program.

Haggen customers in Bellingham and Ferndale selected a Whatcom County school to receive funds raised from their purchase of designated products. The School Bucks program is open to public and private schools from kindergarten through high school and is free to community members with a Haggen’s card.


Ski to Sea reduces impact in 2009

The Bellingham Chamber Board of Directors has mandated the chamber staff develop a green program for all its events, including the Ski to Sea race. Reducing the race’s carbon footprint is aimed to maintain the geographic diversity and varied outdoor recreational opportunities of the Whatcom County region.

The green initiative began in 2008 after investigating the success of long-established recycling efforts. The Green Team plans to organize volunteer groups that will collect waste throughout the event and answer questions about what waste should be recycled or composted.

To learn more or give suggestions, visit the Web site


Pickford Film Center receives $124,000 donation

The Showtime Fund of Whatcom Community Foundation has donated $124,000 to the Capital Campaign for construction of the Pickford Film Center, a two-screen cinema currently being built at 1318 Bay St.


ConocoPhillips awards $6,500 grant to the local
Red Cross

The Mt. Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross received a grant of $6,500 from ConocoPhillips in support of local Red Cross efforts.

The grant is committed to the Real Heroes Dinner Celebration. The awards banquet dinner is the primary annual fundraiser of the local Red Cross chapter with a 2008 goal of more than $120,000. All proceeds of the event support local disaster relief services.

The celebration dinner will take place Nov. 13. It is an opportunity for community members to be recognized and awards are given to those who have modeled the Red Çross mission to prevent, prepare or respond to emergencies through acts of selflessness and valor.

The Mt. Baker Chapter is now accepting nominations online at


United Way announces $2.2 million campaign goal

The 2008 United Way of Whatcom County campaign announced the goal for this year’s campaign, $2.2 million, a 6 percent increase over the record total raised in 2007. The campaign officially began Sept. 4 at its annual Kick-Off Luncheon where the announcement of the goal was made.

The 10-week campaign aims to provide supplemental funding for programs at 31 local partner agencies. Contributions in 2007 came from more than 330 businesses and organizations and 6,000 individuals. Fire Chief Bill Boyd has been selected as the 2008 campaign chair.


Arthritis Foundation to host Jingle Bell
Run/Walk breakfast

The Arthritis Foundation will be hosting a Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis Kick-Off Breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Oct. 8 at the Bellingham Golf & Country Club. A complimentary continental breakfast will be served.

Participants will learn how they can form a team to participate in the 21st Annual Jingle Bell/Walk for Arthritis on Dec. 13 in downtown Bellingham. Reservations are required for the breakfast. Contact (360) 733-2866 by Oct. 6 to register or for more information.


Companies, police department partner for celebration

The North Coast Credit Union is partnering with Sound Shredding & Recycling and the Bellingham Police Department in celebration of International Credit Union Day and Crime Prevention Month. The celebration will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at the North Coast’s Bellingham Branch located at 1100 Dupont St.

Sound Shredding & Recycling will provide on-site shredding for attendees, up to two grocery-sized bags per family. Bellingham Police Department will be available to provide crime prevention information while the credit union will provide refreshments.


Cribbage tournament raises more than $2,500 for
local nonprofit

Thanks to the sold out crowd of 96 participants, the second annual “Compete for a Cause” Cribbage Tournament on Sept. 7 raised more than $2,500 for the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center.

The tournament was sponsored by Boundary Bay Brewery as part of the Compete for a Cause Fundraising series for the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center.


Kiwanis Club donates to local communities, the world

The Kiwanis Club of Bellingham has donated a total of $15,765 during the past four months to a variety of programs and organizations in Bellingham as well as worldwide.

The club gave scholarships to Cody Erickson of Meridian High School and Quynn Tran of Squalicum High School. A total of $2,735 was donated to two local key clubs for leadership training, international conventions and funding of club advisors. The Foster Parent Program received $900 for parent scholarships and emergency back packs for kids.

The club also gave $600 to the Kiwanis Club of Kisumu, Kenya and $5,300 to the Pacific NW Kiwanis SIGN project that funds surgical implants at Orthopedic Surgery Centers in major trauma hospitals in developing countries of the world.

For more information about the club and donations, visit their Web site at


Local businesses raise more than $3,600 for
Blue Skies for Children and Mumm’s Heating hosted an Annual Little Wishes Golf Tournament Sept. 7 at Shuksan Golf Club to benefit Blue Skies for Children. They raised more than $3,600.

The event was sponsored by 22 local businesses, and more than 50 businesses donated raffle items and tournament prizes. LaserPoint Awards donated the award plaques.


St. Luke’s Foundation announces grants given to
local health

The St. Luke’s Foundation has donated more than $180,000 in grants to local health related organizations and educational programs and an additional $24,000 in nursing scholarships in the third quarter of 2008.

Deadline for the next major grant application submission is Oct. 1. For more information on the St. Luke’s Foundation or its funding processes, refer to their Web site at or call (360) 671-3349.


DeWaard & Bode donates $33,000 to Bellingham
Food Bank

DeWaard & Bode, a locally owned business specializing in major appliances and mattresses, has donated $33,000 to the Bellingham Food Bank. The donation will help the food bank successfully complete the capital campaign for its new 10,000-square-foot building.

DeWaard & Bode raised funds through its third-annual golf tournament at Homestead Farms Golf Resort in Lynden and then donated additional money to the food bank.


Whatcom Literacy Council to host 6th Annual
Literacy Breakfast

Whatcom Literacy Council’s 6th Annual Literacy Breakfast will take place on Nov. 7 at the Bellingham Golf & Country Club. Nancy Pearl, noted NPR Commentator and author of “Book Lust” and “More Book Lust,” will be guest speaker.

Admission is free though guests will be asked to make a donation of $50 to the Literacy Council. Proceeds from the breakfast will assist Whatcom Literacy Council.

Reservations are required. RSVP by calling (360) 647-3264 or by sending an e-mail to by Oct. 31.


GaPac, Sound Shredding & Recycling host free community shred

In recognition of International Credit Union Day, GaPac Community FCU and Sound Shredding & Recycling Inc. are partnering together to provide free document shredding Oct. 12-17. GaPac’s Shred Week is free and open to the community.

Place up to 50 pounds of paper per family in the Sound Shredding & Recycling locked barrels located in the GaPac lobby. The credit union is located at James and Alabama in the Sunnyland neighborhood. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Commercial documents are not accepted.


Bellingham Golf & Country Club hosts Cancer
Sweeps Tournament

The Women’s Division of the Bellingham Golf & Country Club hosted the 49th Annual Cancer Sweeps Golf Tournament that presented 112 women with a day of golf, lunch, silent auction and prizes. Proceeds of the tournament benefited women’s support services at the St. Joseph Cancer Center.

A check in the amount of $9,300 was presented to Carol Brumet, outreach coordinator for the cancer center.


Donation jump starts WWU’s Karen W. Morse institute

Jack Bowman, Western Washington University graduate and retired head of Johnson & Johnson, and Jo Ann Bowman have donated $1 million to the university’s new Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership. The institute is named in honor of WWU President Emeritus Karen Morse.

The $1 million gift will be the foundation of the new institute, and fully endow the Bowman Family Distinguished Professor of Leadership Studies, a position that will focus on curricular innovation, teaching, and scholarship that advances the understanding and application of leadership.


Robeks sponsors fund raiser for Michaels family

Robeks Fruit Smoothies & Healthy Eats is raising funds for local DJ Laurie Michaels. Michaels was the former host and DJ of the morning show on Bellingham’s classic rock station KISM 92.9 FM. She is recovering from several brain surgeries after the discovery of a brain aneurysm when she was eight months pregnant.

Robeks is offering to donate 25 cents for every Citrus Stinger purchased from Sept. 15 through Oct. 31 toward a fund to assist the Michaels family with medical expenses. Robeks will match donations up to $500.

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