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Prost! Oktoberfest raises thousands for Volunteer Center of Whatcom County

by Jane Footh

BELLINGHAM, WA, October 2017 – Nearly 20 types of beer, live music, Bavarian eats and games added up to a successful Oktoberfest event Saturday, October 7 in Bellingham Technical College’s Settlemyer Hall. More than 300 attendees raised over $5,000 in net proceeds to support the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County. Besides local craft beers, this event featured live music by the Dagwoods and festive activities.

“The Volunteer Center of Whatcom County couldn’t exist without the support of the community,” said Volunteer Coordinator Summer Starr. “It is fitting that this fundraiser was a big community party. People had fun, which is almost as important as the funds that were raised.”

The funds raised will be put toward web development and marketing, which are all critical to the Volunteer Center said Starr.

“In 2016, we connected over 1000 volunteers with 150 agencies and these funds make this possible,” said Starr. “From those dedicated volunteers who regularly offer their time and energy, to the sponsors and donors who help fund the organization, the Volunteer Center is here because of the Whatcom County community.”

The event wouldn’t have been possible without this year’s sponsors, 92.9 KISM, Phillips 66, Windermere Property Management, North Coast Credit Union, Lithtex NW, Judd & Black, Signs By Tomorrow, The Bank of the Pacific, Larson Gross, US Bank and SaviBank.

Participating brewers included Boundary Bay Brewing, Stone’s Throw Brewing, Aslan Brewing, Melvin Brewing, Elysian Brewing, Kulshan Brewing and Bale Breaker Brewing who all donated beer to the event.

Events like these provide vital support for the Volunteer Center, an agency that connects volunteers with nonprofits, schools, government, health care and other organizations to leverage resources and provide solutions for community challenges.

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Distributed to Whatcom County media October 17, 2017