BIMA BASH! Art and Experiences Auction Weekend
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art's 5th annual BIMA BASH!, sponsored in part by Puget Sound Energy, was an incredible success. The event featured two days of entertainment, live music, auctions including over 200 pieces of art and enchanting experiences, and astounding generosity from throughout the region.
Because of their sponsors, 100 percent of the proceeds from this fundraising weekend go toward maintaining BIMA's operations and programs that support the museum's mission to engage a diverse population in the contemporary art and craft of the Puget Sound Region.
Hunger doesn't take a vacation
For hundreds of low income Bainbridge families, summer means a struggle to afford extra expenses to care for children while they work. Child care costs skyrocket. School-provided free lunches disappear. A few summers ago a mom told Marilyn Gremse, food bank manager, that all she could afford to leave her children is the same peanut butter sandwich, and not much else, every day she had to work. The “hunger doesn't take a vacation idea” was born in that moment.
PSE is proud to help sponsor this program as it begins again this June. With volunteers and donations, Helpline House packs over 400 bags of food to distribute to kids needing a little extra during the summer break. Food items include kid-friendly snacks and quick lunches including cereals, granola bars, peanut butter and jam, fruit cups, canned tuna and meats and individual packets of crackers, raisins and dried fruits.
Kids Discovery Museum marks its anniversary
KiDiMu celebrated its anniversary on Saturday, June 2. The festivities included free admission and special programs that began with a free walk though Winslow led by marching band musicians.
After the short loop through town, the participants enjoyed complimentary programming throughout the day. In the morning, Project Canine’s therapy dog helped teach children how to safely approach four-legged friends and all young artists were invited to join in on a special project. In the afternoon, children decorated pillowcases for their emergency kits and either collaborated on an outdoor mural or played with bubbles.
All day, PSE hosted a safety tent offering activities and books for kids to stop by and enjoy.
According to executive director Susie Burdick, “This special event is our way to celebrate our partnerships and thank the community for its continued support with what we do best – engaging generations in playful learning. Seeing KiDiMu kids turn into advocates of their museum and the values it represents is truly inspiring. And the walk is a lot of fun!”