Chuckanut Brewery to host Oso relief fundraiser May 2

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 8, 2014 

Organizers of Bellingham Beer Week and the owners of Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen will host a fundraiser next month for victims of the March 22 mudslide in Oso.

The event, from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Chuckanut Brewery, 601 W. Holly St., will feature a variety of local beers on draft, plus food, live music, raffle prizes and a silent auction. Proceeds from beer and food sales, raffle tickets and silent auction items will go to the Red Cross "Oso Mudslide Relief Fund."

The fundraiser is being put together by the organizers of Bellingham Beer Week and Chuckanut's owners and staff. Many local and regional businesses have donated items for the event, including beer, food, live music, advertising, raffle prizes to auction items.

Many other Whatcom County businesses and groups are raising money or collecting items for those affected by the Oso mudslide. Here are some other ways you can help:

Thursday, April 10

Concert, silent auction: Stay Oso Strong will feature Yogoman Burning Band, Staxx Brothers, Josh Clauson, Pacific High, Boombox Kid, and Critical Mass Marching Band performing in a mudslide benefit at Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St., Bellingham. Doors open at 6 p.m.; music starts at 6:30; last act goes on at midnight.

Admission is by donation; proceeds from the door and auction will be split between the Snohomish County Helicopter Rescue Team and the disaster relief account for Oso landslide victims through the Cascade Valley Hospital Health Foundation. Details: wildbuffalo.net.

Friday, April 11

Restaurant, brewery fundraiser: Bayou on Bay and Boundary Bay Brewery will take contributions and will donate a percentage of their daily sales to the North Counties Relief Fund. Items are being sought for raffle for that day as well. To donate to the fund, mail donations to: North Counties Relief Fund, c/o Coastal Community Bank, P.O. Box 90, Darrington, WA 98241.

Ongoing

Volunteering: Do not go to the site to volunteer or drop off items. People are being turned away at the site. To check on ways you can volunteer or help, go to skagitvolunteercenter.org.

Grocery gift cards: Arlington native Molly Fay of Goods Nursery and Produce, 2620 Northwest Ave., Bellingham, is working with grocery stores in Arlington and Darrington to provide $100 gift cards to affected families so they can buy what they need most. Donations can be made online at gofundme.com/7r3evg or at Goods Nursery.

Bank of America: Anyone wishing to contribute to the Arlington Community Food Bank can do so at any Bank of America in Washington by using the account name "Arlington Community Food Bank Oso Mudslide Disaster Fund."

Community Food Co-op: Donations for the Snohomish County Chapter of the American Red Cross for mudslide relief are being taken at any register at the downtown and Cordata stores.

Donating at Lynden businesses: Shell gas cards, duct tape, batteries, garbage bags, flashlights, boots, work gloves, bottled beverages, disposable tableware, cash, checks made out to Red Cross with Oso Landslide on remarks line, and letters or cards of support for victims in the hospital are among the items being accepted at Beacon Insurance Group, 208 Third St., No. 2A; Banner Bank, 1980 Kok Road; Whatcom Farmers Co-op, 415 Depot Road; and Natural Way Chiropractics, 102 Grover St., Suite 100.

To become a donation site, to deliver donations or to learn more, contact Jeanette Sharp at jsharp@bannerbank.com, 360-354-2578, or Lynda Williams, Lynda@beaconins.net, 360-354-3006.

Fred Meyer: Coin boxes at checkstands of stores across Western Washington will collect donations for the Red Cross of Snohomish County.

Haggen: Local stores are collecting donations for the American Red Cross.

Lowe's: Donations for the American Red Cross for Oso mudslide assistance can be made at any Lowe's store.

North Coast Credit Union: Donations are accepted at any branch and will be sent to United Way of Snohomish County for its mudslide relief fund. You don't need to be a credit union member to donate. Local branches are at 1100 Dupont St., Bellingham, and 5657 Riverside Drive, Ferndale.

Red Cross: Donate to the American Red Cross disaster relief fund by calling 800-HELP-NOW or by going online to redcross.org. To donate $10, text redcross to 90999.

US Bank: People can donate to the "Northwest Response" fund for the Red Cross at US Bank branches.

Please email any additions or suggestions for this list to newsroom@bellinghamherald.com.

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