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Peoples Bank, LeCocqs donate $100,000 to Campaign for the Arts
The Campaign for the Arts has received gifts from several long-time Bellingham families who, through past financial support, have built many of the institutions and services in our area. Locally owned Peoples Bank, its Chairman of the Board Irwin LeCocq Jr., and his wife, Frances, have donated $100,000 to the Campaign for the Arts.
The Campaign for the Arts (CFA) is a nonprofit headed by citizens committed to supporting efforts to enhance the Arts District’s historic icons: the Whatcom Museum and Mount Baker Theatre.
Run for Literacy Raises $1,842 for Whatcom
On June 21 in Fairhaven, 138 participants converged for the 9th annual 5K Walk/Run for Literacy presented by Fairhaven Runners and Walkers and Village Books. Volunteers from the Whatcom Literacy Council and the community helped make this event successful.
Runners and walkers from ages 3 to 88 came out for the event. After the race, participants enjoyed bread from Great Harvest Bread Company and oranges and bananas from Haggen Fairhaven Market. A drawing was held for prizes from Village Books, Fairhaven Runners and Rudy’s Pizzeria.
Bellingham Bay Rotary awards grant to Whatcom Center for Early Learning
Whatcom Center for Early Learning (WCEL) is the proud recipient of a $4,448 grant from Bellingham Bay Rotary Club. Funds will be used to purchase hardware, software, and a projector and screen for fundraising events and community presentations to promote awareness of WCEL services for young children with special needs and their families.
Whatcom Center for Early Learning has provided comprehensive, family-centered early intervention services to children ages birth to 3 with developmental delays in Whatcom County since 1973.
Haggen and customers donate $150,000 to Children’s Hospital, MS Society
Haggen Food and Pharmacy stores and their customers recently combined to donate more than $150,000 to a pair of nonprofit organizations in the state.
The Greater Washington Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is receiving $92,619. The money came from Haggen employees who participated in the annual MS Walk, customer donations and corporate matches.
The donations pay for chapter programs for Washington residents with MS and their families, as well as for research into new treatments and a cure.
Yoga food drive raises $370
In the second week of June, Everybody’s Yoga held a food drive for the Bellingham Food Bank. The fundraiser was a success, collecting 50 pounds of food and $370 to help the community.
Mother Baby Center benefit walk a success
More than 300 moms, dads, babies, grandparents and general supporters turned out for the Mother Baby Center Family Walk-a-Thon.
The Family Walk-a-Thon was planned by The Whatcom County Doula Association. Nearly $7,500 was raised in support of Mother Baby Center, which included a $1,000 grant from Starbucks and matching funds from other local companies such as Alcoa and BP. Costco, Haggen, Trader Joe’s, Baker’s Breakfast Cookies, Community Food Co-op, Village Books, Kinko’s and Starbucks all donated resources to the event.
United Way work place fundraising campaign draws more than 300 participating businesses
United Way of Whatcom County announced almost $1.2 million in grants from the Community Safety Net was recently awarded to 31 partner agencies. The organization broke all previous fundraising records with more than 300 Whatcom County businesses and their employees giving back to the community by participating in the organization’s annual work place fundraising campaign. Contributions were given as direct designations to the donor’s charity of choice or were contributed to the Community Safety Net, a pool of funding distributed to local nonprofit Partner Agencies through a volunteer process.
United Way of Whatcom County has worked for more than 50 years to increase financial resources for local health and human-service needs, and to seek and invest in community-building opportunities to improve the health and welfare of Whatcom County residents.