Friends of Roslyn non-profit


Friends of Roslyn (FOR), a Washington Nonprofit Corporation, is a 501(c)(3) publicly-supported charity established in 1999 by fans of the television show, Northern Exposure. These fans wished to support the community of Roslyn, a former mining town in Washington’s Cascade Mountains, where Northern Exposure was filmed. FOR is operated by a five-member volunteer board of directors. FOR’s mission is to establish and maintain events which will promote and encourage public interest in and support of the performing arts in general, and the work of performing artists in particular, and to support arts and educational programs in Roslyn and the surrounding areas, through funds raised from Northern Exposure fan festivals as well as individual and corporate donations.

In the past, FOR worked with the sponsors of earlier Northern Exposure fan festivals, such as the Cle Elum – Roslyn Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce, to support local charitable groups, including the library and the community theater. Since 2004, FOR has sponsored Moosefest and is working with a committee of volunteers to organize the festival as a nonprofit event which will benefit local charitable and civic groups.

During its first year, FOR helped establish the town’s community theatre, named “Northern Lights” in honor of the show. Past donations from Moosefest went to the Roslyn Fraternal Order of Eagles to help with their scholarship program for Roslyn and Cle Elum high school graduates; Cle Elum Kiwanis, who gave their donation to the Roslyn Public Library; Roslyn Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, to support repairs from damage incurred during the Nisqually earthquake in March 2001; and the Cle Elum-Roslyn High School Band, to support travel to band performance festivals; Friends of the Roslyn Library for the City Hall Restoration; Cle Elum Kiwanis; Roslyn Downtown Association for civic improvements; the Roslyn Fire Department; the Roslyn Museum; and ARRF Animal Rescue.


Donating to Friends of Roslyn (FOR) helps Moosefest in several ways. It helps pay expenses for organizing a fantastic event — including costs for special guest celebrities from the show. In addition, donations to FOR help Moosefest organizers and participants’ long-time tradition of giving back to the Roslyn community.

Friends of Roslyn (FOR), a Washington Nonprofit Corporation, is a 501(c)(3) publicly-supported charity. Your donation may be tax-deductible, consult your tax professional.

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