5:30 PM17:30

Annual Banquet Fundraiser & Auction

Join us for our 14th Annual Auction on Saturday, March 14th! Theme, venue, and more TBA.

Last year’s auction was a huge success - together we brought in over $83,000!

Thank you to all our attendees, sponsors, volunteers, staff members and our Board of Directors for committing to this event and supporting infants and toddlers in our community. Special thanks to Sarah Brand with SKB Events and to our auction committee members, Sarah Kaiser, Beverly Ott, Michaela Regehr, Erin Malone, Mark Moder, and Yolanda Calderon.

This year's auction featured a brand new film, produced by our friends over at Hand Crank Films, highlighting the importance of early intervention. Check out "Why I Believe" here!
Thank you to Hand Crank Films, the featured families, WCEL staff member Erin O’Moore and Dr. Lessli Putney of Peace Health for sharing your stories!

“From Our House to Your House”

Come join us for our annual celebration of all that is Whatcom Center for Early Learning! With our growth, so many exciting things are happening, most of all is the opening of our second location in Ferndale this fall. Come hear our vision and help us fulfill our dream to expand our programming. This year’s event features a fine dining experience, live and silent auctions, Heads or Tails, a wine wheel, the Dessert Dash and the premiere of Handcrank Films’ "Why I Believe.”

Featured items include:

  • San Juan Island Exploration & Lodging

  • Gonzaga Basketball Weekend Getaway Package

  • Disneyland Vacation

  • Live Painting with Ben Mann - personalized for the highest bidder!

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
4:00 PM16:00

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

We’re excited to announce the grand opening of our second location in Ferndale. Join us on Friday, October 11th for a ceremonial cutting followed by a reception and tour of our new Little Brick House and Children’s Center. Live music and appetizers will be provided. Community members and all ages welcome.

Help us celebrate this new chapter of WCEL.

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1:00 PM13:00

Bacon & Kegs Festival 2019

“BellingHAM’s Favorite Festival!”

Whatcom Center for Early Learning brings it’s 2nd annual Bacon & Kegs Festival back for another year, bigger and better than before! Last year’s inaugural festival had more than 1400 people in attendance, over a dozen PNW breweries and endless amounts of bacon deliciousness, and it was a huge success! This year we’ll have two sessions again - the all ages session will be from 1-3:30pm and will feature activities for the littlest kiddos up to adult, live music, bacon and vegetarian/vegan options as well as beer, cider, wine and non alcoholic beverages. (Plan ahead as no children are allowed in the beer garden, even babies. Non drinking tickets are available and kids under 5 are free!) The 21 and over session will be from 5:30-9pm (or 4:30 start time for VIP ticketholders) and will feature Baby Cakes playing funk & soul music, more breweries plus cider and wine, vegetarian/vegan options in addition to bacon galore, games and community. All proceeds go directly to the programming we offer for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities! Mark your calendars for August 11, 2019 and come join the fun! To buy tickets, volunteer or register as a vendor, click here!

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