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Blue Rectangle holds Non-Profit Night tonight

Submitted by on 1, June 30, 2009 – 5:50 amNo Comment

192Just got an e-mail from the good folks over at Blue Rectangle, and it sounds like they’ve been hosting a monthly Non-Profit Night. This month’s is at 7 p.m. today at the store, which is at 1355 Park Street.

Here’s how it works: Five or six nonprofits send representatives to the store for the event (signups are in advance), and they get five minutes to make their pitch for $200 plus whatever raffle money the store collects that night. The winner is selected by the folks who show up to the event, who vote by secret ballot for the outfit they think most deserves the money.

The store holds a raffle for participants with items they donate and items donated from other businesses. Food and beverages are also provided. And there’s no charge to attend.

Store co-owner Michael Johnson said that the Midway Shelter won last month’s prize in a “super-close” vote. He said the idea of the vote is not to create a competition but to have some fair means of selecting the winning group.

In the meantime, all of the groups get a little more exposure, which Johnson hopes will spur folks to donate more time and money to what he sees as worthy causes. Johnson said last month’s event motivated a participant to volunteer at Alameda’s Meals on Wheels.

This month’s groups include the Chipman Drum Corps, the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda Point Collaborative, City Car Share and Girls Inc. of the Island City. And if you show up about 15 minutes early, you can see the corps perform on the sidewalk in front of the store. The store will raffle off some of its own items, plus a gift certificate from Scott’s Shoes and a free membership from City Car Share.

For more information, call the store at 337-0750.

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