Nonprofit Notebook

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Garrison Keillor event to support Pickford Film Center

A “Prairie Home Companion” star and well-known author Garrison Keillor will join the cast of The Chuckanut Radio Hour for a special performance to benefit Pickford Film Center.

The show will take place at Western Washington University’s Performing Arts Center Mainstage. It will feature musical guests The Senate and Bellingham’s own Courtney Fortune. A brand new episode of The Bellingham Bean and an appearance by essayist Alan Rhodes will conclude the evening.

This event, hosted by Village Books, will raise funds to build the new Pickford Film Center.

Founded in 1998 in an effort to keep independent cinema alive in Bellingham, The Pickford Cinema is the region’s only independent year-round movie theater, playing independent, foreign, and documentary features.


Mother Baby Center reaches fundraising goal

The Mother Baby Center was thankful to receive a $10,000 anonymous donation.

With this significant donation, the center was able to reach its goal of raising $60,000.

When it receives several matching funds donations, which have been submitted to corporations by employees donating monies to Mother Baby Center, the center will have exceeded its goal. 


BP Cherry Point Refinery awards $27,000 grant to local Red Cross

BP Cherry Point Refinery granted the Mt. Baker chapter of the American Red Cross $27,000 in support of local Red Cross efforts.

BP Cherry Point Refinery and its employees has been a major financial supporter of the Mt. Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross for more than 20 years.

BP Cherry Point Refinery has allotted $15,000 to the Real Heroes Celebration dinner in November. This awards banquet dinner is the primary annual fundraiser of the local Red Cross Chapter with a 2008 goal of raising $120,000.


All proceeds support local disaster relief services.

The American Red Cross is not a government agency and receives no federal funding. All programs offered locally are funded locally. Corporate partners such as BP Cherry Point Refinery are key to providing these Red Cross services to the community.


DeWaard & Bode donates beds to local fire victims

DeWaard and Bode, a locally owned business with two stores in Bellingham, recently donated mattresses and box springs with a retail value of $24,000 to local fire victims.

The 15 mattresses and six box springs were distributed through the Mount Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross, which serves Whatcom County and Skagit Valley.

Founded in 1946, DeWaard and Bode specializes in major appliances and mattresses.


Lighthouse Mission Agape walk raises $9,900

More than 100 men, women, and children raised $9,900 to help finance the new Agape Home, which will be built at the corner of Holly and F streets. Sponsors included Peoples Bank, Clinic Health Apparel, Fast Cap, Margery Jones CPA, MJB Jewelers and

The construction of the new 100-bed women’s and children’s home is scheduled to being this month. The mission still needs to raise $500,000.

Open 24 hours a day since 1923, Lighthouse Mission has existed in Bellingham to help the homeless and hurting. The mission does everything in its power to assess and address the underlying causes that lead to homelessness.


Mount Baker Theatre renames Studio Theatre
after Waltons

The Mount Baker Theatre has formally changed the name of the Studio Theatre to the Harold and Irene Walton Theatre.

The Studio Theatre name change was in recognition of a $1 million gift from the Walton family that enabled the establishment of the Mount Baker Theatre endowment fund.


Local businesses support Blue Skies for Children and Mumm’s Heating will host the Annual Little Wishes Golf Tournament Sept. 7 at Shuksan Golf Club to benefit Blue Skies for Children.

Cost to participate is $85 per individual or $340 for a four-person team. Registration will include 18 holes of golf, cart for two, dinner at Shuksan, T-shirt, awards and prizes. Hole sponsorships are available for $100.00.

For more information call Lou Arestad at (360) 312-9590.


WECU donates more than $10,000 to local nonprofits

Whatcom Educational Credit Union (WECU) donated a total of $10,800, dividing the funds among 13 local non-profits including American Museum of Radio and Electricity, Animals as Natural Therapy, Western Washington University’s anthropology department, and Womencare Shelter.

WECU’s social responsibility committee oversees monetary donations and participation in volunteer projects. WECU’s Social Responsibility Committee supports education, health and community-related projects, actively seeking those that address acute community concerns such as violence, homelessness and drug abuse.

With more than 54,600 members, WECU is Whatcom County’s largest member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative.


State farm scholarship supports racial minority teachers

Western Washington University has been awarded a $4,500 grant by State Farm for the Future Teachers of Color Promise Scholarship program at Woodring College of Education.

Bellingham State Farm agent Jim Harber, who serves on Woodring’s Community Leadership Advisory Council, worked with the company to secure the grant.

State educational agencies, the governor and school districts have all designated the recruitment of minority teachers as a top priority for teacher education programs, in keeping with the greater need created by increasing numbers of minority students.

Woodring’s Promise Scholarship program supports students just prior to entering Woodring and may be renewed for their first year in the teacher preparation program. To date, $70,500 from various private funding sources, in collaboration with the Western Washington University Foundation, has been awarded to 28 students.


Larson Gross accounting scholarship awarded to
WWU student

Larson Gross donated $1,650 to the Western Washington University Foundation for the 2008-09 academic year.  This donation was awarded to Western student Jessica Poling as a scholarship.

Scholarships are awarded to juniors and seniors with a declared accounting major or to a master’s student with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.  Preference is given to students from Whatcom or Skagit County who have expressed interest in establishing a career in Whatcom or Skagit County.

Based in Bellingham, Larson Gross is a full-service accounting firm providing comprehensive accounting, tax and consulting services to individual and business clients throughout Northwest Washington and British Columbia.

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