The Antics of Running the Pineapple Classic

November 23rd, 2008

It’s in its third year and apparently is growing exponentially. What started as a very grassroots fundraiser to help combat lymphoma, the Pineapple Classic has become even more a silly, fun, creative way to bring a community together for a common cause. Well organized and well sponsored, it was a great event to participate before leaving for Cambodia. (at right: our team, me in the lower left, Loretta in the blue shorts, with Lu and Dan on top of the obstacle. photo by Josh Trujillo / Seattle P-I. Yes, it ran in the paper).

Lu came up with our team name, outfit, and team members. All I had to do was supply the rope and rope management. It felt like I was alpine guide Tim short-roping my clients across the course when, in reality, the rope was keeping me in check and part of the team. I found it hilarious how many people asked, given that we were tied together by a climbing rope, how we got four people through four side-by-side tubes.

Later, in one of the old airplane hangers at Magnuson Park, I had one of those chance hello’s with Manny, of the Georgetown Brewery and for whom Manny’s Pale Ale is named after. It and the Boundary Bay IPA are the two favorite beers at the Park Pub, my neighborhood bar of choice. Manny supports a lot of charitable events, one of which was a FEAR Project fundraiser.

In spite of still needing to pack, do errands and the like before leaving that night, taking part in the Pineapple Classic was a great way to be social and spend some time with Lu and her friends (even her “boss”). Plus, it was an easy way to support a good cause. As a fundraising planner, making it easy to get engaged and donate is something I aspire to.

Note: all video shot by the new Canon G10.

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