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BEF reports on fundraising efforts

Apr 27, 2016 12:59PM ● By Pamela Johnson

Receiving a check for $4,090 from Whole Foods are (L-R) WFM Metro Marketing Specialist Hilary Duffy, Kerrin Moser and Caryn Drons of the BEF, and WFM Metro Marketing Team Leader Hattie Brown.

It has been a busy couple of months for the Bellingham Educational Foundation (BEF), first hosting a Karaoke night and then partnering with Whole Foods for additional fundraising.

It was a great night for everyone who went to Jalapeños Grill on Thursday night Feb. 11 for a karaoke party organized and in support of the BEF (see photo below).  There were many brave souls that evening.  Not only did they come out on one of the coldest nights of the year, but several also took the stage and belted out songs to the best of their musical ability. The selections included everything from classic rock; modern hip-hop and good old standbys.  The night also featured several guest bartenders behind the bar who were ready to hook up the happy patrons with the libation of their choosing.

The fundraising was accomplished with a combination of karaoke “bets,” raffles, and the generosity of Jalapeños’ owners and staff.  Superintendent Peter Marano won the 50/50 raffle and promptly donated his 50% share right back to the BEF.  The whole crowd enjoyed themselves and it was a fun way to support the BEF’s grant program.  All money raised will go directly to funding teachers' grant applications.
More recently, the BEF was the proud recipient of a check in the amount of $4,090 from Whole Foods. This came about from our organization being the benefactor of the “Shop for a Cause” day on Tuesday, March 29. Five percent of all sales on that day were generously given to the BEF.

Our sincere appreciation to Jalapeños Grill, Whole Foods Bellingham  and the Bellingham community for helping raise additional funds with two successful events. Please be on the lookout for forthcoming details on our annual Spring event…this year to be held on Friday, May 13 at Coachmen’s Lodge. This year’s theme is Black and White Casino Night.

Several members of the BEF Board are joined on stage with Supt. Peter Marano (left) and Selectman Mike Soter (center) and BHS principal Lucas Giguerre (right) for Karaoke night at Jalapeños Grill.

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