Presented by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington, Mentoring Matters is an evening affair aimed to shed awareness and keep the BBBS organization in the Bellingham Community. We need the local community to support our mission of mentoring youth facing adversity in Whatcom & Skagit Counties, states the local BBBS Organization. So come down to the Boundary Beer Garden and enjoy live music, entertainment, raffles and make a financial pledge to prove “Mentoring Matters” in our community! All proceeds from the night will benefit the Children served by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of NW WA.
Hey paddlers, it’s time for the 2nd Annual Paddle for Food Relay, Saturday, Oct 17th, 2009. Last year the racers collected over 300lbs of food and $600 in cash for the Bellingham Food Bank. So don’t be outdone. Let’s collect even more cash and food this year! All paddlers are welcome. The entry fee to participate is a donation to the food bank in the form of food or money. Racers should meet at 9am in the West parking lot at Lake Padden, Bellingham, WA. The race is scheduled to start at 10am. Have questions? Email Peter Marcus at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-739-2257.
The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association(NSEA) is a community–based nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring sustainable wild salmon runs in Whatcom County. They say they’ve been giving salmon a helping hand since 1990! NSEA trains and organizes literally hundreds of volunteers every year and they use education and outreach to engage the community in salmon recovery. NSEA has well-established school and outreach programs and they have a local community board of directors who live in, work in, and know the local watershed. As a stable community-based organization, NSEA is here to work on long-term projects, inventing resources for many years and decades to keep working at the job of salmon recovery. And part of that plan includes having a really great party at Boundary Bay Brewery to help fund their continued efforts!
The fundraising happens in two ways: first, there’s an art auction. The art (all inspired by the salmon fishing industry) will be on display in Boundary Bay Brewery’s bistro from June 13th to August 16th. All proceeds from the art auction will go directly to NSEA. View photos of previous art here. The other way to help NSEA raise money is to attend the art exhibit opening, salmon BBQ and Lucky Brown show happening next weekend down in the Boundary Bay beer garden.
Saturday June 13th at 12pm marks the art exhibit opening at Boundary Bay Brewery, followed by a salmon barbeque for lunch and dinner. Bring your friends and family to share in the celebration of salmon. All event and art auction proceeds benefit NSEA programs to restore sustainable wild salmon runs in Whatcom County. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. The festivities will continue into the evening with a late show by Lucky Brown and the Funk Revolution, a six-piece funk and soul dance band.
$10 lunch, $20 dinner, $8 for music only. Tickets available at the bar and through NSEA. For more info call NSEA at (360) 715-0283. Come celebrate the return of the salmon to Bellingham Bay with art, music, and tons of fun at NSEA’s annual Salmon at the Bay Art Show and BBQ. View art inspired by the salmon fishing industry on display at Boundary Bay Restaurant and Brewery beginning June 11th through Aug 16th.
Boundary Bay Brewery has made a new commitment to turn our Friday Night Late Shows into fundraising opportunities for local charities. In 2007, our brewery began hosting weekly Late Shows that feature the best of local and regional music. Now, the shows will be held every other week and will benefit non-profits as well as the local music scene. Boundary has a long history of supporting community non-profits like the annual Cribbage Tournament organized to benefit the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center and the Inauguration Party held this year to benefit the Bellingham Food Bank. Janet Lightner, our general manager here at Boundary Bay Brewery, sees this as just another way to give back to the community.
March 6th will herald the first of these fundraising opportunities. Our Late Show, featuring Jack Conte, will benefit Amy’s Place, a local non-profit organization that serves as a drop-in center for the homeless and struggling youth of Bellingham. Amy’s Place provides hot meals, hygiene kits, shower passes, clean clothing, food, and referrals to other community resources. This is the only center of its kind in Whatcom County and an average of 30 youth attend each of the three days a week Amy’s Place is open. The success of this program has been overwhelming and the organization is currently struggling to find funding to keep their doors open and continue providing a vital service to these underserved youth. “We are applying for funding everywhere. Federal grants will be announced in the spring and money from the City of Bellingham will probably come in around April. It’s just getting through March and the last part of February that is a really big challenge. Boundary Bay’s timing is perfect!” says Heidi Unick, program director of Amy’s Place (a program component of Old Town Christian Ministries).
Every other Friday night, a different local non-profit will be at the receiving end of the money raised by the $4 cover price for the Boundary Bay Late Show. Non-profits who need fundraising should contact Janet Lightner by filling out the comment card on the contact page of our website.