NEWS BRIEFS: Sequim Merchant Group; donation made to Hospice of Clallam County

SEQUIM — The first Sequim Merchant Group meeting of 2018 is set for 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21.

The meeting at Las Palomas Mexican Restaurant, 1850 E. Washington St., will offer networking, upcoming local event information, a 30-second attendee announcement opportunity and, at 6 p.m., a special small business education presentation by Kevin Hoult, certified business advisor for the North Peninsula Small Business Development Council, titled, “Notify, Comply, and Verify — Three things you must know about I-1422 in 2018.”

The meeting is open to all merchants in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley. The group’s purpose is to “provide a cohesive entity for collaboration and networking among business owners and community members including small business support, networking, tourism and small business/shop local events.”

To be added to the communication contact list and receive emails regarding the Sequim Merchant Group, contact [email protected].

Hospice donation

SEQUIM — In the wake of the group’s silver anniversary, Sequim Bay Yacht Club members have donated a record-high amount of $27,764 to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, helping that group’s goal of providing respite care for Hospice patients and their families, according to a press release.

A majority of the funds for the Reach for the Hospice event — held Sept. 16 — were raised by donations from 10 boats who participated in the race that was held on Sequim Bay. Local businesses supporting the 2017 event include Hurricane Coffee, Oasis Sports Bar, The Local Yarn Shop, Westport Boats, Rainshadow Coffee and Siren Skin Care.

Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit at 540 E. Eighth St. in Port Angeles, provides compassionate care to the terminally ill, their caregivers and families. The organization does not bill any patient, insurance plan or government agency; all services are supported by local donations and grants. All donations are tax-deductible.

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