Walton Beverage, Whatcom Community Foundation give $39,000 to charities

Walton Beverage, a local Pepsi distributor, and Whatcom Community Foundation teamed up for the 2nd annual Local Pepsi Refresh Project to give away $39,000 in charitable grants to refresh and improve the local community.

Local nonprofit organizations from Whatcom and Skagit counties submitted proposals to the Local Pepsi Refresh Project online earlier this summer. The public then voted online for their favorite proposal and submitted “power votes” which allowed one vote for each dollar spent on Pepsi products.

“It’s all about the organizations in our community doing great work,” Phil Isle, CEO of Walton Beverage, said in a press release. “And we couldn’t do this without the help of the Whatcom Community Foundation.”

The four organizations that received the most votes were granted $10,000 for first prize, $6,000 for second, $4,000 for third and $2,000 for fourth.

• Lydia Place, $10,000 for Educating Families and Fostering Community Through Life Skills programs

• St. Francis Foundation, $6,000 for the St. Francis Intergenerational Garden project

• Summit Assistance Dogs, $4,000 for the S.O.S. (Serving Our Soldiers) project

• Bellingham Public Library, $2,000 for the Early Learning and Literacy Space

Fourteen organizations received “Standout Awards” for their compelling proposals.

• Alternatives to Hunger, $1,500 for the Feeding Your Neighbors program to help the Bellingham Food Bank buy 100,000 pounds of food

• American Red Cross — Mt. Baker Chapter, $2,000 for the Catastrophic Shelter Plan, preparing today to save lives tomorrow

• Blaine Football Booster Club, $1,500 to help fund the Blain Boys and Girls Club and middle school football teams

• Bridgeway Christian Academy, $500 for the Whatcom Indepent Schools’ Hands-on Learning Project

• Crisis Pregnancy Center of Skagit County, $1,000 to help with the remodel and outfitting costs of phase 1 of the Living Awareness program

• Kulshan Community Land Trust, $900 to makes home permanently affordable.

• Lucille Umbarger Elementary School, $1,000 to keep students in school, decrease truancy, drop out rates, drug dependency, gang involvement and violence

• META Performing Arts, $500 for the Babes in Toyland musical at McIntyre Hall in Mount Vernon

• Michael Koenen Foundation, $1,500 to save local youth sports programs

• Royal Family Kids Camp Inc., $2,100 for a week-long camp for local foster kids ages 7 to 11 who have a history of abuse and/or neglect in their lives

• The Sergey Foundation, $500 for emergency veterinary grants to low income people of companion animals in an attempt to keep them in the home

• WESnip, $1,000 for the Nuter is Cuter! program

• Whatcom County Council on Aging, $1,500 for fresh produce for the Meals on Wheels program

• Whatcom Volunteer Center, $1,500 for the Pantry on Wheels program, getting food to homebound people in need

For more information about the Local Pepsi Refresh Project, visit www.waltonbeverage.com.

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