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Scott: Area merchants, Gig Harbor Trolley unite to assist girls basketball fundraiser

Gig Harbor High girls basketball coach Megan Murray talks to her players during a game in February. The Gig Harbor Basketball Sports Boosters, both at Peninsula and Gig Harbor high schools, have come together to plan the Trolley Taste Tour and Shopping Spree fundraiser.
Gig Harbor High girls basketball coach Megan Murray talks to her players during a game in February. The Gig Harbor Basketball Sports Boosters, both at Peninsula and Gig Harbor high schools, have come together to plan the Trolley Taste Tour and Shopping Spree fundraiser. Staff file

We all know and love Girls Night Out — the Downtown Waterfront Alliance’s premier shopping event — which takes place each year on the second Thursday in November. Thousands of ladies and plenty of gents come out in droves to “shop and dine from noon to nine.”

Customers enjoy the many sights and sounds provided by a number of merchants and community groups located in the waterfront district.

During Girls Night Out, the Gig Harbor Trolley totes shoppers to and from one end of the waterfront to the other, all while white lights glisten, holiday décor makes an appearance, and the magic of season starts to take hold of us. Sometimes the weather is a challenge, but we certainly don’t let it dampen our spirits!

Fast forward to June 23 and we hope to see something similar begin to develop. Summer is here and so is an exciting new take on the Girls Night Out concept. The Gig Harbor Basketball Sports Boosters, both at Peninsula and Gig Harbor high schools, have come together to plan a special day for an equal amount of harbor fun.

This month we welcome the Trolley Taste Tour and Shopping Spree.

Here’s the scoop: The Boosters present this first annual Community FUNdraiser. Many merchants throughout Gig Harbor are participating — and you can too. It’s easy. Simply pre-purchase an event bracelet for $15 online. Wear your bracelet and you will receive exclusive offers from 34 merchants along the trolley route, from Uptown along Kimball and to the downtown waterfront. Special deals include items such as 25 percent of an item at the Garden Room, buy one scarf get one free at Tickled Pink, and 15 percent off beer and merchandise at Wet Coast Brewing, plus many, many more deals. A full list of participating retailers can be found at Eventbrite.com by searching GHHS girls basketball. You can buy your bracelet there, too.

Ride the trolley all day June 23 for $1 and stop at the many locations along the way. The best thing about this event is that 100 percent of the proceeds will be split equally between the Peninsula and Gig Harbor high school girls basketball programs and Food Backpacks 4 Kids, a great collaboration and wonderful organizations to support. All this and you’ll be supporting the Gig Harbor Trolley partnership as well.

The Gig Harbor Trolley will operate between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. with frequent stops along the 30-minute route. You should have plenty of time to make your way around town. But with so many participating shops, you will have to plan your time well in order to hit all your favorites.

Don’t miss out on this summer day out!

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