Remember the heart that Greenwood Elementary School students formed on their playground yesterday morning after the devastating explosion on Greenwood Avenue that destroyed Mr. Gyros, Neptune Coffee and Greenwood Quick Stop? That was a direct result of a fundraiser that the school held just last month as part of their direct appeal campaign.
Greenwood dad and graphic designer Eric Junes designed a logo with a heart wrapped with a banner that says “Show Greenwood Some Love” and they decided to sell T-shirts to support the school. Nancy Junes, co-chair of the direct appeal campaign, told me this morning that after yesterday’s explosion, students formed themselves into a giant heart and parents quickly collected enough money to put in an initial order of 148 shirts that will arrive tomorrow. They’ll sell those during Friday night’s Artwalk and try to get them into many local businesses. T-shirts will cost $25 and all proceeds will go to the neighborhood relief fund.
“The original design didn’t have Greenwood Elementary on it, so when (the explosion) happened, we thought, this fits in perfectly,” Nancy Junes said. “We support our neighborhood.”
Update: There will be a T-shirt table at The Ridge Pizza during Friday’s artwalk, Shirts also will be available at Makeda & Mingus coffee shop, 153 N. 78th St. (and probably other locations, stay tuned). Cash or check only. Checks should be made out the Phinney Neighborhood Association, with Greenwood Relief Fund or Greenwood Love T-shirt in the memo.
Many other fundraisers are planned to help.
Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a special fundraiser all day today (Thursday). The fundraiser was originally scheduled for yesterday and intended to support Taproot Theatre, but that changed after the explosion. Naked City has renamed its special Taproot brew to Greenwood Phoenix Golden Ale, and all proceeds from the sale of that beer today will go to relief funds. The phoenix name is an homage to Greenwood rising from the ashes after the 2009 arson that destroyed four businesses on 85th Street. (The phoenix mural that covered that arson site was later moved to Naked City’s beer garden.)
Magic Magpie Studio henna artist Antoinette (a Greenwood resident) is hosting “Henna For Greenwood” from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, at Makeda & Mingus, 153 N. 78th St. All proceeds will go to the relief fund, with Makeda & Mingus matching every penny.
Makeda & Mingus is also hosting “Words with Wine” from 5-9 p.m. Friday, where you can play scrabble, boggle or bananagrams, with all proceeds from purchases of wine or sangria going to the relief fund.
Lantern Brewing, 938 N. 95th St., is donating $1 from every pint and $2 from growler fills tonight.
The Phinney Neighborhood Association set up a special donation page. Donations are tax-deductible and 100% will go to help affected businesses. If you don’t want to donate online, checks can be made out to Phinney Neighborhood Association with “Greenwood disaster relief” in the memo and sent to: PNA – Greenwood Relief Fund, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103.
The PNA disaster relief page has an extensive list of businesses and organizations holding fundraisers, including Ballard breweries Reuben’s Brews, Populuxe Brewing, Stoup Brewing and Lucky Envelope Brewing; Taproot Theatre’s Stage Door Café, 208 NW 85th St.; Greenwood PT, 8750 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite S-1, which will match all donations given there up to $2,500; and many more, which are being added continually. Keep checking that page for updates.
The PNA also is selling 50 of its holiday monkeys to raise money for the relief fund. (The fundraiser was originally planned for the Greenwood Senior Center.) Monkeys are $300 (or more, if you’d like to donate extra); $200 of that is tax-deductible. Only 50 monkeys are available. Click here for more information on how to purchase a monkey.
Many of the businesses damaged in yesterday’s explosion are back open for business today, albeit with plywood for windows, including Chocolati Cafe, Couth Buzzard Books, Coyle’s Bakeshop, Chaco Canyon and Green Bean Coffeehouse (they didn’t suffer any damage but were closed yesterday as a precaution). We don’t have a complete list, so if you know of others, please let us know.
The explosion site is now fenced off while investigators and clean-up crews continue their work, but all the sidewalks elsewhere are back open.
We will continue to update this post as we get more information on other fundraisers. If you know of others, please put a note below in Comments or email us at [email protected]