FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro to be Recognized at National Philanthropy Day Ceremony
Bellingham business will receive
2014 Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business Award
BELLINGHAM, Wash., July 23, 2014—Recreation Northwest is pleased to announce that Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro has been named the 2014 Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business for Washington State. Owner Ed Bennett and General Manager Janet Lightner will be honored for their acts of generosity at the 26th Annual National Philanthropy Day Award Ceremony, taking place November 5, 2014 at the Westin Seattle hotel.
Each year, the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Washington Chapter receives nominations to honor philanthropic leaders from communities throughout the state. Boundary Bay Brewery was chosen as an outstanding example of how the business and non-profit sectors can work together to address community needs, take better care of the environment and sustain one another.
In nominating Boundary Bay Brewery for the award, Recreation Northwest Executive Director Todd Elsworth said, “Since our signature multi-sport race, the Bellingham Traverse, began in 2002, Ed and Janet have worked closely with me to host an event that promotes our shared ideals of building community. We are grateful for the support they’ve given our organization, as well as so many others in Whatcom County, and we felt they were well-deserving of this honor.”
Boundary Bay Brewery has supported a long list of organizations throughout their 19 years in business. Recreation Northwest reached out to the Bellingham non-profit community to solicit support for the Philanthropy Day Award nomination, and received stories of Boundary Bay’s generosity from a wide variety of organizations. Co-nominating organizations include:
Bellingham Food Bank
Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center
Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Whatcom Volunteer Center
Ski to Sea/Whatcom Events
Pickford Film Center
Bellingham Bay Marathon
Downtown Bellingham Partnership/Downtown Sounds
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County
“We are so proud to have Boundary Bay Brewery, and Ed and Janet, in our community,” said Elsworth. “And, we’re beyond pleased that they are receiving this prestigious award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Washington Chapter.”
For more information on The 26th Annual National Philanthropy Day Award Ceremony, go tohttp://www.afpwashington.org/.
For more information on Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro, go tohttp://www.bbaybrewery.com/.
About Recreation Northwest
Recreation Northwest is a Bellingham, Washington–based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting outdoor recreation, and bringing people together to enjoy, preserve and improve the places where we play. Through partnerships with local businesses and organizations, we work to raise awareness of our public green spaces and their inhabitants, including one of the Northwest’s most revered symbols—the salmon. Recreation Northwest produces the Northwest Traverse Multi-Sport Series, which celebrates the salmon’s journey and culminates each year with the Bellingham Traverse; the Quest Adventure Races; the Race Directors Summit; and the Recreation Northwest Conference and EXPO. Learn more at recreationnorthwest.org.
ps- Check out the Nomination Letter & Supporting Stories to see the support that the organizations gave for the nomination.
Todd Elsworth is one of the many “Mossy-haired lunatics roaming the dripping peninsulas”, described in “I’m Here for the Weather” by Tom Robbins. As executive director, he works to fulfill our mission to teach the health benefits of nature, promote outdoor recreation, and steward the places where we play.