Barrel Full of Money fundraiser nets food bank more than $2,000

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The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance's first Barrel Full of Money fundraiser netted more than $2,000 for the local food bank.

The two-month fundraising campaign culminated Wednesday with the presentation of a $2,032.86 check to Kathy Covey, community services director for the Blue Mountain Action Council, for the agency's food bank.

Wine alliance officials announced the results of their fundraiser this morning. The campaign was coordinated by 10 local businesses and business organizations. Barrels were set up at two locations and other collection bins were established throughout town. Participating businesses and agencies were Alaska Airlines, Baker Boyer Bank, Columbia Rural Electric Association, the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation and its member businesses, Integrity Design and Copy Works, the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, Oak Tradition, Olander Design, Olive Marketplace & Caf?© and the wine alliance and its member wineries.

"We are pleased with the money raised by the campaign," said wine alliance Executive Director Duane Wollmuth in a prepared statement. "We know these are difficult times for everyone. We also know that Walla Walla residents and businesses step up when needed and do everything they can to assist."

Covey said the success was not just financial. It also stemmed from the attention the campaign brought to the plight of those in need. BMAC, a community action partnership agency that provides services to those in need, is the regional distribution center for the five local food pantries and pantries in Columbia, Asotin and Garfield counties. For more information, visit bmacww.org or call 529-4980.

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