Pacific Arts Association announces Bruce Wolf Endowment Fund

By Steve Guntli

Bruce Wolf had a lifelong passion for music and the arts. Now, the local arts association he founded is honoring his legacy.

On March 21, the Pacific Arts Association (PAA) announced the creation of the Bruce Wolf Endowment Fund. The endowment will be used to finance projects that support the artistic community in the Blaine area, said PAA president Kitty King.

Wolf was killed in a car accident on December 21 while walking his dog with his family.

Bruce and Sandy Wolf cofounded the PAA more than 12 years ago, starting what is now called the Drayton Harbor Music Festival, which draws dozens of musicians and students to Blaine each year.

Wolf, a retired ophthalmologist, was a Blaine City Councilmember from 2001 to 2007. After he retired, he dedicated much of his time to the arts, including helping his wife stage an upcoming musical “Marina,” which opens at the Mount Baker Theatre this May.

“My husband was a great supporter of the arts,” Sandy said. “He played the piano, sang in many musicals and church choirs and always supported me onstage. I think his favorite job was driving the bus for the jazz festival. He loved kids and treasured the chance to talk
to them.”

King said the PAA has received $8,000 in donations so far. The Whatcom Community Foundation, an organization that invests money earmarked for community projects, will be managing the account.

To contribute to the Bruce Wolf Endowment Fund, send checks payable to Whatcom Community Foundation with the fund written on the memo line. Checks can be mailed to 1500 Cornwall Avenue, Suite 202, Bellingham, WA, 98225.

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