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Bennett Boyles’ family. (Photos courtesy Penn Cove Brewing Co.)

Tourney winners “The Whidbey Golf Boys.”

Local golfers and business owners combined recently to honor the memory of Bennett Boyles and raise $10,000+ in his name.

The fifth edition of a memorial tournament for a young Coupeville basketball star who bravely fought cancer will benefit both the WhidbeyHealth Foundation and the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools.

The tournament drew 87 players, with “The Whidbey Golf Boys” taking top honors.

That foursome consisted of Arik Dahlen, Mike Lacey, Dan Phillips, and Ryan Bryne.

The tourney was organized by Mitch and Marc Aparicio, with the support of their employees at the Penn Cove Brewing Company.


This year’s sponsors:

Blooms Winery & 5511 Bistro
Brown Lantern Ale House
The Captain Whidbey Inn
Cascade Lumber, Inc.
Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools
Farmstrong Brewing
Fort Casey Inn
Fraser’s Gourmet Hideaway
Front Street Grill
Greenbank Cidery
Hierophant Meadery
The Home Depot
Honeymoon Bay Coffee
Island Aesthetics & Dermatology
Kapaws Iskreme
Madrona Blossom
Misfit Island Cider Company
People’s Bank
Pilates Collective
Porter Whidbey Insurance, Inc.
Red’s Construction
Benito Rivera
Savi Bank
Seaside Spa & Salon
Spyhop Public House
Sunshine Drip
Ron Tellis
Mike Tenore
Steve Thompson
Swinomish Casino & Lodge
Train Wreck Bar & Grill
Tyee Restaurant & Motel
Walton Beverage
Whidbey Golf Club
WhidbeyHealth Foundation

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A pack of runners pounds the pavement Sunday morning. (Photos courtesy James Steller)

Two wheels and a license to thrill.

They hit the road for a good cause.

A pack of local athletes ran and biked Sunday, raising money for the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools.

Known this year as the Coupeville Run, Ride, and Reunite Fundraiser, the event is in its fifth go-round.

Participants and contributors raised close to $16,000 this year, which will go to help local students.

“The community was amazing,” said event organizer James Steller. “And they turned out in force to make a memorable day in participation.

“This is the most beautiful town in the world,” he added. “Thank you all so much for the support and hope to see you next year!”

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Bennett Boyles 

Registration is open for the 5th annual Bennett Boyles Memorial Golf Tournament.

The tourney, which honors a Coupeville Middle School student who passed away in 2017 just shy of his 13th birthday, is put on by the Penn Cove Brewing Company.

Bennett, a basketball player and member of Coupeville’s Class of 2022, waged a remarkable battle against autoimmune encephalitis, in which the immune system attacks the brain.

Even while undergoing frequent radiation treatments in an attempt to slow the growth of inoperable tumors on his brain stem, his smile never wavered.

Former hoops teammate Hawthorne Wolfe has worn Bennett’s name on his basketball shoes as he has pursued their mutual hardwood dream, and the CHS boys basketball program left a seat open in his honor during a cancer fundraiser.

Penn Cove Brewing owners Mitch and Marc Aparicio have used the golf tourney to pay tribute to their fellow Coupeville native, while raising money for several charities.

Even with the pandemic affecting things in 2020, the tourney pulled in a record 83 players, with money raised being split between the WhidbeyHealth Foundation and the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools.

This year’s tourney is set for September 25th, with a 1:00 PM shotgun start at the Whidbey Golf Club in Oak Harbor.

Proceeds from the 2021 event will go to support patients and families through WhidbeyHealth’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Services, and to provide scholarships to Bennett’s graduating class.


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They’re back on the bike.

After sitting out a year thanks to the pandemic, the WhidbeyHealth Foundation will once again host its annual Tour de Whidbey fundraiser.

The event is set for Saturday, August 21, and is expected to draw hundreds of riders from across the country.

Ride routes range from a 10-mile flat leg, complete with “ample snacks,” to a “Perimeter of Whidbey Endurance Route (P.O.W.E.R),” which covers 162 miles and 10,000 feet of total elevation.

It’s not a race, regardless of the route chosen, but a chance to “take in the breathtaking views from the “back roads,” or ocean vistas from the waters’ edge.”

Along with the 10-mile and 162-mile routes, there are also four other routes, covering 100, 68, 50, and 33-mile layouts.

Tour de Whidbey raises funds to help with the purchase of vital equipment for the WhidbeyHealth Medical Center and Clinics.

This could include things such as Halo sanitizing systems, sterilization equipment, personal protective equipment, and AED’s (automated external defibrillators).

Questions about Tour de Whidbey can be directed to Heather Tenore at tenorh@whidbeyhealth.org.


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“Books! We’re getting books!!” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

You can fuel book love.

Make a donation of $5 or more to a fundraiser being run by Coupeville Elementary teacher Christi Messner, and the money will go to make sure all of her students have a new book to take home each month during the coming school year.

“Scholastic is an amazing company that provides low cost books to students and teachers,” Messner said. “Sadly, times are changing and many families cannot afford to purchase these books to have at home.

“Print rich environments aren’t the norm at many homes anymore,” she added. “How amazing would it be if ALL of my students could receive one free book every month?!”

Deeply-committed teachers like Messner, whose own daughter Katie will be a freshman at CHS this fall, continue the work embraced by my mother, who worked as a children’s librarian when I was younger.

The book you buy today may fuel the birth of the teacher or librarian of tomorrow.

Or if not, your donation will still provide a ray of sunshine in the life of Coupeville’s youngest superstars.

“We would love to pass on the love of reading and provide books for them to have at home,” Messner said. “Being a teacher, the greatest joy is watching students fall in love with books.”


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You can also donate through:

PayPal — allofuswhidbey.net

Venmo — @Christi-Messner

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