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Whatcom Day Academy annual benefit ‘Goin’ Cruisin’

The 2008 theme for the Whatcom Day Academy’s 7th annual benefit auction on Feb. 9 will be “Goin’ Cruisin’.”

Tera Lorimer and Rosemarie Francis are chairing the event, which will be held at The Best Western Lakeway Inn. A committee is gathering an array of items for the live and silent auction features of the evening. To date, the auction will include ski trips and weekend getaways.  Local artists also donated decorative pieces for home or office, and several area spas provided packages.

Whatcom Day Academy serves children from preschool through middle school and emphasizes high-quality learning with a challenging academic program featuring small classes and a nurturing environment.

Tickets for the event are $65 and include appetizers, hosted bar, salad, dinner and wine.  Pre-dinner wine tasting is an additional $12.  For more tickets and information call 312-1103.


WECU donates to support YWCA ballroom renovations

Whatcom Educational Credit Union (WECU) recently donated $10,000 to the YWCA to support renovations to the ballroom in its 1915 building.

WECU is among several local organizations making donations to the project. Various community members and groups use the YWCA’s ballroom, and Julie Foster, YWCA’s executive director, said she believes that remodeling the facility’s kitchen and the addition of a new media center will bring in additional income from community events to help support the service organization’s transitional housing program for women in crisis.


Haggen Inc. donates to state’s December flood victims

TOP Food & Drug, responding to the needs of Southwest Washington residents affected by early December’s devastating storms, is shipping donations of food and ice to the area.

More than 7,500 free bags of ice were distributed on Dec. 6 at the TOP Food & Drug store in Aberdeen.

TOP Food is owned by Bellingham-based Haggen, Inc.

Also, two truckloads of food valued at more than $10,000 are being donated to the Grays Harbor and Pacific County Food Bank Distribution Center in Hoquiam, which serves 40 food banks in Grays Harbor, Pacific, Lewis, Mason, Thurston and Wahkiakum counties.

Cash donations may be mailed to the Grays Harbor and Pacific County Food Bank Distribution Center, P.O. Box 616, Hoquiam, WA 98550. For more information, visit


CCS adds second car, increases membership

Community Car Share of Bellingham (CCS) has added a second vehicle to its fleet and increased its membership through three local organizations.

In December, a 2000 Volkswagen Beetle that runs on biodiesel increased the number of vehicles available to CCS members to two. Atul Deshmane, president of Whole Energy Biofuels, donated the vehicle.

CCS started in August 2006 with a Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle stationed at the Bellingham Public Market. The Beetle will be stationed on Railroad Avenue adjacent to the newly remodeled Whatcom Transit Authority bus depot.

The car share also expanded its membership this month by almost 40 percent by establishing deals with three local groups — Whole Energy Biofuels, Sustainable Connections, and the Whatcom County Public Works Department.

CCS will add a small truck to the fleet soon and, as membership increases, expand into neighborhoods with additional vehicles. For additional information, call car share general manager Lorraine Wilde at 389-6551 or visit


OfficeMax, ETC donate chairs to tourism bureau

The Bellingham OfficeMax store and local training company Evergreen Team Concepts (ETC) recently donated seven executive chairs to Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism.

The executive chairs, valued at more than $1,000, provide BWCT a professional conference room for meetings with members, meeting planners and travel industry writers.

For more information, call OfficeMax at 738-6606 or visit or call ETC at 647-6922 or visit


3D Corp. supports Northwest Youth Services

Between January and March, 3D Corp. will donate a percentage of project services revenue to Northwest Youth Services in support of their many youth oriented programs.

“I am excited to work with Northwest Youth Services. Helping our youth is a cause near and dear to us” said 3D Corp. CEO David Koshinz.

The company’s goal is to donate $10,000.


Kulshan Community Land Trust receives award

Kulshan Community Land Trust (KulshanCLT) was awarded $140,000 from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle to provide qualified homebuyers with mortgage gap financing in Bellingham and Whatcom County in partnership with Banner Bank.

The funds will be used with other mortgage gap financing to bridge the gap between the purchase price of a home and what 20 qualified homebuyers can afford, including prospective buyers of KulshanCLT’s new Matthei Place homes.

KulshanCLT’s grant is part of $4.66 million in Affordable Housing Program (AHP) subsidy that was awarded competitively to affordable housing initiatives in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. The six-state funding award will help create 859 units of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income households.

Banner Bank sponsored KulshanCLT’s grant request.


RE/MAX donates teddy bears

To help children who are patients or have family members being treated at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham, agents and staff members of RE/MAX Whatcom County recently donated 90 new teddy bears.

The teddy bears, collected during RE/MAX’s holiday party, were distributed to the hospital’s emergency department, pediatric unit, childbirth center and procedural care unit.

RE/MAX Whatcom County, owned by Dean and Lori Reece, has more than 100 agents at offices in Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, Point Roberts and Sudden Valley. For more information, call RE/MAX’s Bellingham office, 647-1313, or visit


CH2M Hill exceeds United Way fundraising goal

CH2M HILL (formerly VECO) exceeded its $100,000 goal for its United Way campaign, up more than 30 percent from last year’s donation. 

Vice President Pat Hudgens said CH2M HILL is excited about the campaign results and looks forward to a continued relationship with United Way of Whatcom County.

CH2M HILL had a 20 percent employee increase since last year, which helped make the campaign a success.  The company matched 25 cents of every dollar employees donated to United Way and also raffled off prizes including two airline tickets, a paid day off and a variety of gift certificates.

The money raised during each of United Way’s campaigns is distributed among its 33 partner agencies to fund programs in four core areas of need: food and shelter, youth and families, health and wellness and safety and intervention.  Every dollar donated to United Way stays in Whatcom County and will be used by one out of every four families. 

To learn more about United Way of Whatcom County and its 2007 campaign, visit

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