Nowhere to go but up: Bellingham business folk climb Columbia Tower's stairs for charity

Three Bellingham business professionals were part of a team that raised more than $3,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by climbing the 69 flights of stairs in Seattle’s Columbia Tower.

Tom Donaghy, associate vice president of Wells Fargo Advisors; David Verret, owner of Verret Designs and Building Solutions; and Matt Butenschoen, owner of Riteway Electric, took part in the society’s March 25 Big Climb fundraising benefit.

The three were joined by Western Washington University students Rachelle Durfey, Colin Moy, and Ashley Hannawacker, in addition to other Seattle and Bellingham residents.

The team called itself Nowhere To Go But Up.

The climb is the largest annual fundraiser for the Washington and Alaska chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


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