Music

Rockin’ for the RE Store

Of revelry and raffling

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

When the fine minds that steward the RE Store came up with an idea last year to throw a big—really big—benefit to raise money for their Community Jobs Training Program, they had no idea whether theirs was a party the public would embrace.

After all, the RE Store is in the business of building community—literally and figuratively—which doesn’t leave them with much time for party planning.

But they need not have worried. As it so often does, Bellingham exhibited a perfect understanding of why supporting the RE Store in general and the Community Jobs Training Program specifically were so important—and the bands, raffle prizes and great beer didn’t hurt the event’s draw either.

The only thing left is to do it all over again.

So they shall, on Fri., May 18 when the second annual Rockin’ for the RE Store takes place, and if you had a good time last year, you’ll be happy to know organizers have not deviated far from that inaugural event.

If you’re going to throw a big, community-minded fundraiser of any kind in Bellingham, odds are pretty decent Boundary Bay Brewery is going to get in on the altruistic action. Their beer garden also happens to be the perfect locale for an outdoor bash planned for a time of year when the weather compels people to emerge from their winter dormancy. Should we need proof of that, we need look no further than 2017’s Rockin’ for the RE Store, which drew hundreds of people, packed Boundary’s beer garden and raised $10,000 for the Community Jobs Training Program, which then used that money to provide 2,100 hours of one-on-one, on-the-job training for 17 people.

Plus, attendees bought tickets for all of the raffle prizes, purchased every single item in the silent auction and basically outdid themselves all over the place. Impressive work, Bellingham.

This year, the RE Store would like to raise double the amount of money—$20,000—at the event, and they’re going to do it the best way they know how: with live music and great prizes. Both the Legendary Chucklenuts and High Mountain Stringband will be back to provide the soundtrack, largely due their ability to get—and keep—people dancing last year, which isn’t necessarily as easy as it sounds.

Now let’s talk about raffle prizes. Dinner and lodging for two at the Willows Inn on Lummi Island (if you win, take me. I promise it won’t be weird at all). A double-date spa package from the Chrysalis Inn & Spa and Lovitt Restaurant. A Taylor guitar and lessons from Mojo Music Discount. I guess when you’re trying to raise $20k, you make those $5 raffle tickets really worth the winners’ while.

For RE Store Marketing and Outreach Director Samantha Hale, it’s the silent auction she’s particularly looking forward to. “The community has been so supportive this year and our auction is jam-packed with amazing goodies,” she says. “I’m already planning on bidding on some items; it’s a great way to shop for friends and family while supporting a cause.”

Speaking of the cause, it’s important to remember with all this rocking and raffling and revelry is about: helping to alleviate joblessness in Whatcom county, one newly trained worker at a time. The Community Jobs Training Program is an exceedingly practical means by which to empower its participants while increasing the number of skilled workers who will then help do with the RE Store itself does: build community.

“The Community Jobs Training Program is often the first opportunity that people are given to learn new job skills,” Hale says. “Trainees, or people that go through our program, are placed with us from a variety of organizations in town, such as the Opportunity Council, WorkSource, and Northwest Youth Services, and stay with us for up to six months. During this time, they work one-on-one with our staff to gain the skills, confidence and references needed to succeed in today’s workforce. By investing in those who need help the most, we’re building a stronger more resilient Whatcom County.”

If all of that weren’t enough, Rockin’ for the RE Store will likely also serve as an opportunity to meet—for the three or four people left in Bellingham who do not know him—RE Sources’ recently announced interim executive director, Duane Jager. After 20 years with RE Sources—and six at its helm as its executive director—Crina Hoyer is moving on from the organization that oversees the RE Store (among many other things), passing the proverbial baton from her capable hand to Jager’s. He’s certainly qualified for the position, having helped to found nearly 10 local nonprofits, from ReUse Works to Sustainable Connections, all of which are still operating today.

When it’s all said, raffled and sung, Hale hopes this year’s Rockin’ at the RE Store will be the unqualified success last year’s fundraiser was, not just because of the training the RE Store will use the proceeds to provide, but for what that training also buys: opportunities, self-assurance, hope. “At the RE Store,” she says, “we believe that everyone deserves a chance.”

More Music...
Live At The Lincoln
Rebels with a cause

During the course of the coming days, the Lincoln Theatre will host three big-name acts—Bebel Gilberto (July 21), Leo Kottke (July 25), and Robert Cray (July 31)—and at first glance, it would seem the only thing they have in common is the historic venue at which they’ll perform.

But dig…

more »
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
Run for the border

I am in the habit of reading the news every day, usually within minutes of waking up. I have done so for a good portion of my life, and it used to make me feel informed and more prepared to take on the day.

These days, not so much.

Now when I launch my New York Times app, I do it…

more »
Downtown Sounds
You are my sunshine

As our much-anticipated and much-needed sun dissolved into gray skies and showers last weekend, I had a conversation with someone who insisted that June 21 marks the first day of summer. Given that this person has lived in Western Washington for most of his life, I was surprised to hear…

more »
Events
Today
Boating Center Open

12:00pm|Community Boating Center

Bard on the Beach

12:30pm|Vanier Park

Skagit Tours

10:00am|Highway 20

Skagit Tours

10:00am|Highway 20

Skagit Tours

10:00am|Highway 20

Festival of Music Community Concert

12:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market

3:00pm|Hammer Heritage Square

Wednesday Farmers Market

3:00pm|Fairhaven Village Green

Downtown Sounds

5:30pm|Downtown Bellingham

Group Run

6:00pm|Skagit Running Company

Swing Connection

6:00pm|Seafarers' Memorial Park

Backpacking Basics

6:00pm|REI

Creekside Open Mic

6:30pm|South Whatcom Library

Vegetarian Pakistani

6:30pm|Community Food Co-op

Brewers Cruise

6:30pm|www.whales.com

Intro to Improv

7:00pm|Improv Playworks

Trove Web
Tomorrow
Skagit Tours

10:00am|Highway 20

Skagit Tours

10:00am|Highway 20

Boating Center Open

10:00am|Community Boating Center

Kids Can Cook, Science Edition

10:00am|Community Food Co-op

Skagit Tours

10:00am|Highway 20

Bard on the Beach

12:00pm|Vanier Park

Bow Farmers Market

1:00pm|Samish Bay Cheese

Blues and Brews

5:00pm|Hotel Bellwether

Poetry Writing Group

5:30pm|Village Books

Jazz Jam

5:30pm|Illuminati Brewing

Ales & Sails

6:00pm| Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Pub Run

6:00pm|BBay Running

Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series

6:00pm| Elizabeth Park

Riverwalk Concert Series

6:00pm|Riverwalk Plaza

Balkan Folk Dancers

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Commedia in the Park

7:00pm|Maritime Heritage Park

Trove Web Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1
Friday
Skagit Tours

10:00am|Highway 20

Skagit Tours

10:00am|Highway 20

Boating Center Open

10:00am|Community Boating Center

Bard on the Beach

12:00pm|Vanier Park

Commedia in the Park

7:00pm|Maritime Heritage Park

Wild Things

9:30am|Boulevard Park

Take a Swing at Arthritis

9:30am|North Bellingham Golf Course

Northwest Raspberry Festival

10:00am|Lynden

Skagit Tours

10:00am|Highway 20

Coffee Tasting

3:00pm|Camber Cafe

Food Not Bombs

4:00pm|Downtown Bellingham

Beachside Barbecue

5:30pm|Semiahmoo Resort

Beachside Barbecue

5:30pm|Semiahmoo Resort

Beachside Barbecue

5:30pm|Semiahmoo Resort

Family Story Night

6:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Commercial Street Night Market

6:00pm|Commercial Street

Burlington Summer Nights

6:00pm|Burlington Visitors Center

Seafarers' Summer

6:00pm|Seafarers' Park

Salmon Dinner Sail

6:00pm|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Dancing on the Green

7:00pm|Fairhaven Village Green

Summer of Blood

7:00pm|Rexville Grange Amphitheater

Poetry Party

7:00pm|Village Books

Sin & Gin Tours

7:00pm|Downtown Bellingham, historic Fairhaven

Joey Curtin and Jon Mutchler

7:00pm|Ferndale

Charlie King and Rebel Voices

7:00pm

Festival of Music Finale

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

LOL-apalooza

9:00pm|Upfront Theatre

see our complete calendar »

Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 Trove Web 2018 Cascadia Kids Village Books