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Cody Beebe & the Crooks & Pine Lake & Many Friends

Pat Bako

Donor Development Director

photo: Matt Aimonetti

On a magical summer evening in early August, Board members, volunteers, staff and friends – collaborators in the community that is Artist Trust – gathered at the home of Roger and Nancy MacPherson to enjoy the blues-ey rock-and-roll of Cody Beebe and the Crooks. In Roger and Nancy’s spectacular backyard on gorgeous Pine Lake in Sammamish, our amazing community helped to raise over $12,000 for the Artist Trust programs which directly support the individual artists of Washington State.

Days before the event, hosts and volunteers worked together to conjure the ideal menu for this spectacular picnic – Artist Trust staff doing much of the cooking and Roger even catching the salmon himself! These treats were complimented by plentiful libations and Macrina Bakery-donated pastries. It just couldn’t have gotten much tastier.

The day of the concert, over 200 guests were greeted with a drink (and just a touch of thunder and lightning to get everyone excited), and were guided through the grounds and down to the waterfront. Picture it: clouds parting to reveal the sun; the MacPherson’s lush lawn giving way to a shimmering lake nestled by stands of evergreens. Soon, everyone’s lounging on the grass and nibbling on something delicious, the sun’s setting, and the Crooks are on a floating dock strumming and singing – indeed stealing everyone’s hearts. The people danced. Neighbors floated over on party-barges to join in the festivities. By the end of the night, the moon shone down on everyone connecting and engaging through and for art.

Thank you to the staff, volunteers, Board members, guests and the band, who helped make this unprecedented event happen and a huge thanks to Nancy and Roger MacPherson for opening their homes to hundreds of guests in support of artists and Artist Trust. Cheers!

And thanks to John Yeager at Positively Northwest Video for this glimpse into the evening!