140,000 surprise gifts land at doorstep of Seattle charity

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by KYLE MOORE / KING 5 News

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Posted on June 25, 2010 at 10:35 AM

SEATTLE- Vinyl is back, at least at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store.

"I actually don't have a record player. I had to refresh my memory on what the 45's and 78's were," says St. Vincent de Paul Community Relations Director Richard Bray.

Thursday, 140,000 records were given to the non-profit. The music comes from multiple genres and decades and includes such artists as Styx, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles and even Andy Williams.

"It brings back a whole lot of memories of the past. Just the feel of the vinyl, it's something tangible, comforting,"says Bray.

Along with the vinyl came thousands of cassette tapes and 8-track tapes. The entire collection came from one man, Dave Vorhees. He is the owner of Bop Street Records in downtown Ballard. The store is downsizing from its current 9500 square foot location so a smaller 3500 square foot location.

So Vorhees decided to put his record collection to a good use.

"We are overwhelmed with the magnitude of this donation," says Andre deKlaver the Executive Director of the King County Executive Director.

Bray says that Vorhees wanted to help St. Vincent de Paul because he shops at the thrift store and knew about "what we do in the community. It's a win-win situation."

The charity estimates it will raise more than $100,000 from the sale of the record collection. It will take several weeks for employees to inventory and price the music. A sale is set for later this summer. Vorhees plans to reopen his record store in the first week of July.

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