BAC Food Drive

Join the Bellingham Athletic Club by donating nonperishable items and helping others in need. We can all do something small together and make a big impact in our community. Members and Non-members bring in a bag of nonperishable items to donate to the food drive starting October 15 and you will receive a One-Week Guest pass to use for yourself or give to a family member or friend. Our Food Drive will end on November 21. Please join us in giving to other families in our community.

Barb’s Beer Foundation

We all have people in our lives that are unique and special. Barbara Murphy was certainly a very dear friend of mine, and several other BAC employees and members. Barb was at the club every day (no excuses) to take Group Exercise classes. She loved her workouts and was an avid runner, participating in several marathons; her favorite one being the Boston Marathon.

In 2007 Barb was diagnosed with non-smokers lung cancer, completely out of the blue. She battled and fought valiantly before passing away in December 2013. She continued to stay strong and fit with daily workouts while she endured the rigors of treatments, chemotherapy, and surgeries. She never lost hope, and continued to inspire and brighten the lives of everyone around her. She focused on doing what she could to create awareness for this disease, which afflicts a quarter million Americans a year – including 3000 people, mostly women – who like Barb, have never smoked.

Barabara passed away 5 years ago. But her husband, Tom Murphy, has continued to keep her memory alive since then by working with a local brewery to create a beer in her memory. “Barb’s Beer” was inspired by the many Friday nights that she would join her family and friends for pizza and a tasty brew. She loved the conversations that took place around a table of loved ones – sharing stories, laughter, good food, and of course, a cold pint.

Tom started the “Barb’s Beer Foundation” to raise awareness of this disease and to help Barb’s oncologist, Dr. West, and his foundation to find a cure. Since its inception, Barb’s Beer (which is brewed locally at North Sound Brewing) has been picked up by numerous restaurants and businesses across the country from Bellingham to New York, with all proceeds dedicated to finding a cure.

Please join Barb’s Beer Foundation for the 4th Anniversary of Barb’s Beer hosted by Boundary Bay on July 19th from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. LaFiamma will provide pizza, Northsound will provide Barb’s Beer. Barb’s husband, Tom, will sign copies of “Runner in Red”, his new Boston Marathon novel, with proceeds going to support our Barb’s Beer cure lung cancer campaign. $15 donation at the door gets your pizza and Barb’s Beer. See barbsbeer.org for more details on the campaign’s progress.

I would love to see as many BAC members there as possible. Whether you knew Barb or now, the reason we gather together to raise money and awareness is so important. Please join us and bring your friends along to celebrate memories, achievements, and friendship!

Jeri Winterburn
Group Exercise Director

Giving back

Now that the weather has turned windy and chilly, many of us are looking introspectively at our lives. Have you been blessed with a full pantry and some extra time on your hands? Want to spend a little time giving back to the community? We have several opportunities to support Whatcom County this fall! The Bellingham Athletic Club will be running a food drive this November! We are collecting nonperishable items for families in need of a little assistance this Holiday Season. If we all pitch in together, we can Lend a Hand in a big way this Thanksgiving. All donations will benefit the Bellingham Food Bank. As a way for us to give back to our members, we will be offering a free 3-day guest pass when you donate a grocery sized bag of nonperishable goods. So take a look through your pantry and bring your extra canned foods to BAC from November 1st – 30th.

If you have some extra time to donate, please consider volunteering for the Rise Against Hunger food packing event taking place on Sunday, November 5th! It will start at 9AM at St. Luke’s Health Education Center (3333 Squalicum Pkwy). We will be packing 75,685 meals and are still short on funding. Any donations are greatly appreciated. Each meal costs only $0.29 since the cost of shipping has already been paid by a generous donor. The meals with be going to aid hungry children and families of the recent disasters, Hurricane Maria, etc. What a great way to spend a few hours with either friends or family really making a difference in the world!

Freaky Friday Night Out!

Come join us for another “Fangtastic” Freaky Friday Night Out. The kids will have a “howlin’ good time” full of Halloween themed games, swimming, pizza, popcorn, snacks, and end of the night with a Halloween themed movie! Your child will not want to miss out on this “Spooktacular” Party! Costumes are strongly encouraged.

When: Friday, October 27th
Time: 6:30-10:00PM
Ages: 2-10 years
Cost : $18 Members / $20 Child of Member / $25 Non-Members
Sign up at the Cordata Front Desk if you dare before October 26th! Payment is required at the time of registration.
* If your child has any food restrictions, parents will need to provide an alternative snack

Photo Contest

We will be having a photo contest that highlights all the great things you are able to do because you stay in shape here at BAC and prizes will be awarded! We are putting together various packages of $100, $75, and $50 in value. Photos will be posted in both clubs and on our website. If you have photos you want to enter just submit them to Cathy (cathyb@bellinghamathleticclub.com)! We are very excited to see all the adventures our BAC members are having while away from the clubs. Submission deadline has been extended to October 30.