June 5th, 2015: The Parks and Partners Auction

Heather Carter Event

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Thanks to everyone who joined WPRF at The Parks and Partners Auction on June 5th, 2015.

It was a beautiful afternoon at Depot Market Square in downtown Bellingham.  The sun was shining, a gentle breeze blowing, and a surprise cruise-by of the annual Bellingham Naked Bike Ride.  True recreationists in action! Kelly’s O’Deli kept our guests fueled during the silent auction with delicious appetizers and dessert, and Boundary Bay generously provided 2 varieties of beer for guests to enjoy on our sunny spring afternoon.

Thanks to all of our sponsors, supporters, and invited guests who help us raise over $12,000 to support the Foundation continue in our mission tot promote  and encourage public and private support for parks, trails, recreational opportunities, and natural resources in Whatcom County, its cities, and communities.

Thanks to our generous sponsors:
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View photos from the auction on Facebook,  courtesy of JJ FOTOG

Our general silent auction featured two sections with over 72 packages, offering a wide range of experiences, services, and items.  Our hottest items of the evening were an Island Mariner kayak, a weekend in a cabin at Silver Lake Park, and a weekend in a condo in the Yaletown neighborhood of Vancouver, B.C.

The inclusion of an art section, tied in with the Friday Downtown Art Walk, brought in new participants and boosted our silent auction income.

The live program featured project updates from Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department’s Dick Henrie, Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Director Mike McFarlane, and Mayor Gary Jensen gave an update on parks projects in the City of Ferndale.  Gary also served as our dynamic emcee for the evening, and kept our live program buzzing along.

The highlight of our live program was the announcement of the winners of the 2015 Helping Hand Grant Awards.  The Foundation selected five projects to receive grants in 2015, totaling $2650 in disbursements.  Read more about the winners here.

Several of our partner organizations turned out as well, and shared their news an upcoming projects with the crowd: Nora Short and Doris Roosma from the Maple Falls Park Committee
Steve Watt & Vern Yadon from the Kendall-Columbia Valley Connectivity Plan Association, and Adrienne Lederer from Friends of Big Rock Park

Board president Daniel Tepper shared all that the Foundation has accomplished since our last auction.  Vice president Dan Taylor shared the progress of the Nooksack Loop Trail.

Guests finished the evening with a second social hour, dessert, and a Make-Your-Own Trail Mix bar.

All in all, it was a successful evening for the Foundation, and a memorable night for our guests.

Additional Table Hosts:
Bellingham CoHousing
Bruton & Schellberg, Inc, P.S.
Treena L. Tipton

View photos from the auction on Facebook,  courtesy of JJ FOTOG

Our Generous Donors:

20th Century Bowl
3 Ohms Yoga
Adventures NW magazine
Anthony’s Restaurant
Asclepius Massage Therapy
Backcountry Essentials
Bay City Supply
Bay to Baker Trading Company
BelleWood Acres and Distilling
Bellingham Canoe and Kayak Sprint Team
Bergsma Gallery
Boundary Bay Brewing Company
BP Cherry Point Refinery
Chuckanut Brewery
City Gym
Community Boating Center
Cruisin’ Coffee
Dan Baharav
Daniel Tepper
Dan Taylor and Michelle Ballou
Del and Brenda Lowery
Dennis Walton
Diane at The Barbershop at Fairhaven
Disneyland Resort
EMP Museum
Eterna Studios
Fitness Evolution
Gene Davis
Great Harvest Bread Company
Helen Dorn
Honey Bee Home Services
Hoodsport Winery
Jeni Cottrell
Jim Wheeler
John D’Onofrio
John Scott
Kelly’s O’Deli
Kulshan Brewery
La Fiamma
Linda McPheters
Little Caesars Pizza
Merry Maids
Mike McFarlane
Mount Baker Theatre
Museum of Flight
My Garden Nursery
Natural Way Chiropractic
North Bellingham Golf Course
Northwest Propane
Northwest Washington Fair
NW Trek Wildlife Park
Q Laundry
Root Down Botanicals
Samuel’s Furniture
Sea Holly Beauty Company
Shirley Erickson
Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa
Skylark’s Hidden Cafe
Steve Satushek
Susan Taylor
Tacoma Museum of Glass
Terra Firma Design
The Chrysalis Inn & Spa
Thomas Callender
Trish Harding
Vital climbing Gym
Westside Building Supply
Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation
Whatcom Sports Commission
Wilson Engineering
Woodland Park Zoo
Yeagers Sporting Goods