Boundary Bay Brewery Recognized for Outstanding Philanthropy
July 28, 2014 - 12:19 PM- by Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog -
Most of Washington's local breweries do a lot to help non-profit organizations. Whether it be in the form of beer donations that help non-profit organizations raise funds, or greater involvement in events and causes, philanthropy and beer go hand in hand, which is just one more reason why a brewery is a valuable member of its community. No brewery embodies the spirit of community giving better than Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro.
Bellingham's oldest craft brewery has been named Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business for Washington State. Boundary Bay Brewery will be honored at an awards ceremony in November. Each year, the Association of Fundraising Professionals considers nominations for the award and selects one business that best exemplifies how businesses and non-profits can work together to address community needs.
Congratulations to Boundary Bay's owner, Ed Bennett, and General Manager, Janet Lightner. More than congratulations, they deserve our thanks.
Here is the official press 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:
- Kulshan Community Land Trust
- Bellingham Food Bank
- Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center
- ReUse Works
- Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade
- Sustainable Connections
- Whatcom Volunteer Center
- Max Higbee Center
- Ski to Sea/Whatcom Events
- Whatcom Humane Society
- Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
- Pickford Film Center
- Bellingham Bay Marathon
- Downtown Bellingham Partnership/Downtown Sounds
- Smart Trips/Everybody Bike
- 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 t0 http://www.afpwashington.org/.
For more information on Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro, go to http://www.bbaybrewery.com.