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Press & Media

TWIF has come from humble beginnings. We started as a blog about fun things to do in Seattle and quickly evolved into an events organization, into a thriving social club, and into what we are today: a nonprofit organization on a mission to get people like you involved in your community. Below are some things we’ve done that have been recognized by the media.

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Seattle Refined: Movers & Shakers: Amy Faulkner is redefining charitable giving

May 23, 2017 - Somewhere down the line, “giving back” became associated with punishment, or earning extra credit. Amy Faulkner is out to change all that that - even though she never intended to.


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KING 5: Bacon Eggs & Kegs 

March 12, 2017 - "There's no better place to be than Bacon Eggs & Kegs." Chef Corey Alfano and Sam Minkoff present fried chicken and waffle nuggets and talk food with King5's weekend news team.

 

New Day Northwest: Chef Matt Lewis from Restaurant Roux Prepares Biscuits & Bacon Fat Gravy at Bacon Eggs & Kegs 

August 24, 2016 - Chef Matt Lewis from Restaurant Roux joined New Day Northwest to whip up some biscuits & bacon fat gravy in preparation for our third and biggest event to date. It’s Seattle’s largest brunch event! 

 

Seattleite: Bacon, Eggs & Kegs Hosts Another Epic Brunch at CenturyLink

August 15, 2016 - Our twice annual Bacon, Eggs & Kegs event got some love from Seattleite in highlighting our passion for good food, good drinks and good times. “We’ve attended the past two events and it’s not to be missed. We love the demos, photobooth (in a giant inflatable skillet!), and all the tasty brunch dishes. The Bloody Mary bar is like nothing we’ve ever seen before!”

 
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Evening Magazine: TWIF’s artSEA project spotlights two artists for their painting underneath the Space Needle

July 31, 2016 - Baltimore artists Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn partnered with TWIF’s project, artSEA, to create a public ground mural at Seattle Center. artSEA’s mission is to curate public murals and other art installations throughout Seattle on an ongoing basis. Local KING TV station was nice enough to come out and shoot Jessie and Katey’s work. 

 

Jefferson Awards Foundation: TWIF’s Founder Honored as Washington State’s Top Volunteer

May 20, 2016 - “Faced with the challenges of being new to a city, Amy created The World Is Fun (TWIF) blog as a way to share her explorations in the new surroundings. Having evolved into a charitable social club, TWIF brings people together for a common good and is anchored in the belief that giving back can be wildly enjoyable.”

 
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King5 News: TWIF’s Founder, Amy Faulkner, wins Jefferson Award, honoring Washington state’s top volunteer 

May 17, 2016 - Amy was selected by Washington Nonprofits and KING 5 to represent Washington State in Washington, D.C. for the annual Jefferson Awards Foundation National Ceremony. The award is meant to celebrate unsung heroes in their communities and was given to Amy for her work in building and growing The World is Fun. 

 

Greater Seattle on the Cheap: Free fun for 20/30 year old when you volunteer with The World is Fun

May 9, 2016 - “TWIF strives to make every volunteer experience a positive one, and a TWIF Lead attends each volunteer opportunity to ensure that fun happens (don’t worry, they’re trained in the art of fun). TWIF encourages groups of friends to volunteer together but many volunteer opportunities end in new friendships too!”

 

Thrillist: All the Seattle Events You Can't Miss This Spring

March 1, 2016 - “Hit the biggest boozy brunch ever! Bacon, Eggs & Kegs is back with over 60 local beers and ciders, 30ft long Bloody Mary bars, Irish coffee made with brown sugar cinnamon whiskey, plus live music, and leisure activities like giant beer pong. Oh yeah, there will be breakfast too.”

 
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Brooklyn Street Art: Karl Addison Paints Pilot Seattle Wall for Next Year’s “artSEA”

November 4, 2015 - In line with TWIF’s artSEA project mission to curate public murals and other art installations throughout Seattle on an ongoing basis, TWIF linked up with artist Addison Karl for a beautiful mural right outside TWIF’s Headquarters in the Ballard neighborhood. He titled his artwork “Messier” and the mural can be seen in TWIF’s beer garden outback of its offices. 

 
Photo: Chona Kasinger / Seattle Refined

Photo: Chona Kasinger / Seattle Refined

Seattle Refined: CenturyLink's biggest food event is all about bacon, eggs & kegs

August 24, 2015 - The biggest food and drink bonanza to be held at CenturyLink Field to date, the inaugural Bacon Eggs n' Kegs saw a bevy of Seattle's finest brews and crews all in one place.

 
Photo: The Drunken Tomato

Photo: The Drunken Tomato

The Drunken Tomato: Beer, Brunch and Bloody Marys at Seattle's Bacon Eggs & Kegs Event

August 24, 2015 - Shelley Buchanan attended our Bacon, Eggs and Kegs event and shared her thoughts with us. “My first, and absolute favorite, beer of the day was the "Mornin' Bro!" breakfast stout from Gallaghers' Where U Brew in Edmonds, WA. With its smooth coffee aroma, it was the perfect pick-me-up to get my day drink on.”

 
Photo: Lorn Fant

Photo: Lorn Fant

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog: Cal Anderson bubble soccer

September 10, 2014 - “Sunday night at Cal Anderson, teams of players wrapped in giant bubbles played a peculiar sort of soccer. All that falling down? Those weren’t dives. And no red cards were issued. That was Bubble Futbol — part of a tournament celebrating community group and event organizer The World is Fun.”

 
Photo: Jordan Stead

Photo: Jordan Stead

Seattle PI: Seattle's first "Bubble Futbol" tournament

September 7, 2014 - Seattle PI was nice enough to take some photos of us playing bubble fütbol at Cal Anderson Park. We’ll let you look at their photo gallery for all the information you need.

 

 
New Day | King5

New Day | King5

New Day Northwest: TWIF Turns 5 with Bubble Fütbol

September 5, 2014 - We joined New Day Northwest in their studio to talk about our awesome bubble futbol game and how it's helping Seattleites unite together.

 
Photo: Douglas Smythe

Photo: Douglas Smythe

The Best Beard & Moustache Festivals Around The World

April 26, 2013 - “Beard and Stache Fest takes place over the course of a month, generally around February and March, and events are held in bars and parks throughout the city. Last year, competitors even got to have their hairy portraits taken and plastered onto the side of a can for a nice take home prize (we’re all winners here).”

 
Photo: Fremocentrist

Photo: Fremocentrist

The Fremocentrist: ‘Beard & ‘Stache Festival’ Organizers Honored With Award

March 29, 2013 - “The World Is Fun...recently received the 2013 Wendy Walters Truitt Champions for Foster Kids Volunteer Excellence Award from Treehouse. The award honored the work of TWIF, and the 100% volunteer organization’s founder Amy Faulkner, at the 12th Annual Treehouse fundraising luncheon.”

 

KOMO News: Nonprofit behind Beard and Stache Fest moves to Ballard

March 11, 2013 - “TWIF was founded with the goal of introducing young people in their 20s and 30s to volunteering. It has partnered with groups like Childhaven, Solid Ground, Northwest Center and the YWCA but is probably best known for its annual Beard and Stache Fest, where hirsute gentlemen use their facial hair to raise money for foster kids.”

 
Photo: Jordan Stead

Photo: Jordan Stead

Seattle PI: Beard and Stache Fest 2013 Kick Off

February 25, 2013 - “Hirsute men of the Seattle area gathered over the weekend to show off their soup strainers and smooch stiflers.”

 
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Ballard News Tribune: Full-beards to mysterious staches, facial hair supports local charity

February 27, 2012 - “Bearded folk in Seattle found a new purpose for their facial hair this past weekend. Barefaced individuals were welcome, though they were handed a stick-on stache upon entry to Blue C Sushi Saturday.”

 
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Seattle Times: Beard & Stache Fest grows contestants, money for Treehouse

January 29, 2012 - “At a picture-taking party Sunday for the 2012 Beard & Stache Fest, there was facial hair galore: from handlebar staches to long, ZZ Top-ish growths to beards so full and white Santa would be envious.  And just as plentiful were the joys of stache- and beard-dom — at least as cited by the contestants.  “It’s a chick magnet,” said Marc Tachell, of Everett — he of the ZZ Top-ish beard.”