PSE was honored to celebrate the 4th of July weekend with Bainbridge Island residents. We volunteered with the Rotary auction and rummage sale, sponsored the Street Dance and Fun Run, and enjoyed the Grand Old 4th parade as a sponsor and booth participant.
Bainbridge's historic downtown hosts another successful Street Dance
Produced by the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, this year was the 30th Anniversary of the Bainbridge Island Downtown Street Dance, a free event PSE has sponsored for years. With 15,000 people attending each year, Winslow Way is transformed into a lively venue with music, food, local beer and wine, and family activities.
Held the evening of July 3rd, families flocked to the streets to enjoy three local bands: The Hep Replacements, Buckshot and Psycho Sushi; and music provided by DJ Music Masters (a favorite of teens and youth). The kids’ area featured street chalk, a face painting station, the Balloon Brothers, a glitter tattoo station and games. New this year in the Beer & Wine Garden was the addition of local wines from Fletcher Bay Winery, a welcome complement to the Island-crafted ales always available for guests of the Garden. With all the dancing and activities to make revelers hungry, the Island’s wonderful restaurants and a variety of food vendors offered everything from barbeque, to vegan delights, Thai dishes, pizza and hot dogs.
“On behalf of the board and staff of the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, we'd like to express our deepest gratitude to Puget Sound Energy for being a major sponsor," said Executive Director of the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, Jerri Lane. "Without PSE's support, this event would not be possible.”
We hope to see you next year!
Fun Run breaks record!
PSE was proud to sponsor the 38th annual Bainbridge Youth Services 4th of July Fun Run. The Bainbridge Island nonprofit’s biggest fundraiser of the year broke a record for participation, attracting more than 1,100 participants!
The Fun Run is an annual, family friendly 5K, 1 mile and Kids Dash event. Runners and walkers from ages 1 to 85 and from as far away as Peru and Spain, came out for the event in downtown Bainbridge Island.
PSE’s support is helping Bainbridge Youth Services reach more kids with free and confidential counseling, free tutoring and other services for community youth 10-21. To learn more about Bainbridge Youth Services and their work, you can visit their website.
PSE volunteers support rotary auction and rummage sale
PSE staff and their families were honored to again support the Bainbridge Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale by helping unload, sort and deliver donations to the right locations in preparation for the July 1 event. Including PSE, over 1,300 community volunteers were involved in the preparation and running of the sale.
The auction and sale is a long-standing community event, held annually for 57 years. Some volunteers have worked at the Auction & Rummage Sales for over 20 years. Items donated to the sale and auction are sorted, cleaned and tested, and sold in 37 departments spread over 6 acres for the sale. Afterwards, “Green Team” volunteers work to rescue, re-home and recycle unsold items.
This year's sale was a huge success, producing a record gross income of over $585,000! All sale proceeds are reinvested into the Bainbridge community and international projects through grants to non-profit organizations, funding for community projects, local scholarships, and international humanitarian projects. All of the more than 200,000 items sold donated by members of the Bainbridge community. After the sale, 65 non-profits, teachers, artists and community groups were registered to take unsold items after the sale closed, and three semi-truck trailers were filled with items for resale at Value Village.
To learn more about the Auction & Rummage Sale, the Bainbridge Island Rotary, and the projects and causes funded by the Rotary, please visit the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island website.
Grand Old 4th celebrates 50 years
The 2017 Grand Old 4th of July celebration carried the theme “1967”, marking the 50 years the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce has been putting one of the island’s favorite community parties.
More than 25,000 people attended this year's celebration, which featured more than 100 street fair vendors, local bands, a pancake breakfast, fireworks show, and a Kids Zone with puppets and pony rides. More than 100 cars and other vehicles were also entered in this year’s classic and antique car show, with a special prize for the best 1967 car.
With support from PSE, other sponsors, Chamber staff and about 100 volunteers for the event itself, the Grand Old 4th was a rousing success!