Bellingham companies raise money for veterans' hunting trip


Bellingham outdoors firm McNett Corporation and its community partners raised more than $10,000 to send 10 local veterans on the annual Hunting with Heroes weekend Oct. 11-14 in Klickitat, Wash.

Hunting with Heroes is an annual event featuring pheasant hunting, steelhead and trout fishing and other outdoors activities for veterans, according to According to Gerald Craft, McNett's brand marketing director.

A press release said McNett raised the funds with online fundraising sites, fundraisers at local businesses, and with the help of local businesses, non-profits and community members. McNett staff members raised $1,000 with an additional $1,500 match by the company.

Helping were: IMCO General Construction, Dawson Construction, Moss Adams, Janicki Logging and Development, Kaizen Assembly, H and M Electric, Columbia Bank, The Unity Group, Gerald and Lynne Baron, Simon Brownlie, RECO Brands, American Legion Albert J. Hamilton Post 7, Jeckyl & Hyde BBQ and Deli, Kulshan Brewing Company, StrEAT Food, Yeager's Sporting Goods, Cascades Flyfishing Expeditions and Confluence Fly Shop.


Lydia Place, a nonprofit Bellingham organization supporting homeless families and individuals since 1989, is receiving a $15,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation.

According to a press release, the grant application was supported by Scott Richardson, owner of the local Allstate Agency State Street Insurance in Bellingham, and a former Lydia Place board member.

"I've seen how much Lydia Place has done to help families in Whatcom County," he said. "The Allstate Foundation grant will support Lydia Place in the continued growth of their mission that every family deserves a home."

In addition to the Transitional Housing Program, Lydia Place operates the Supportive Services Program and is a partner in the Whatcom Homeless Service Center Program. Lydia Place now serves more than 230 homeless households every year.


• The Food Truck Round Up, a Sept. 28 benefit for Whatcom County Food Banks raised more than $5,000, according to Amanda Ager, marketing coordinator at Industrial Credit Union. More than 700 people braved a windy, rainy day to attend the event, which featured nine local food trucks, Kulshan Brewing Company beer, and four bands. Hot Mess Food Truck was voted by the crowd to be the "Best Chuck Wagon this side of the Cascades."

•Bellingham Harborview Lions Club was honored for club excellence and club secretary Michele Barrie was recognized for her service as secretary at the Oct. 5 at the Lions Convention in Surrey, B.C., according to Francine Kincaid. Of the 53 Lions clubs in the district, only Bellingham's Harborview Lions was selected for this award, which is based on membership growth and other goals.

•The Commander Pete Oswald Memorial Golf Tournament raised more than $67,000 for the Navy SEAL Foundation and Whatcom Community Foundation's Bellingham Dollars for Scholars program Sept. 27 at Shuksan Golf Club.

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