11 Jul 2017

Bountiful Giving

Bountiful Giving

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It was an evening that few will forget. Heritage’s 31st Annual Bounty of the Valley Scholarship Dinner surpassed all expectations, breaking records for attendance and the amount raised for student scholarships. All totaled, the event brought in $843,500!

Scholarship Dinner“We are all so humbled by and appreciative of the generosity of all of those who were part of making this event such a resounding success,” said David Wise, vice president for Advancement. “For so many of our students, scholarships are what makes it possible for them to earn a college degree. The contributions that were made during the dinner will help so many men and women change their lives and the lives of their families for generations to come.”

Heritage University students served as hosts for the 270 guests of the sold-out event, welcoming them as they arrived on campus, sharing their Heritage experiences and expressing their gratitude for their ongoing investment in the university. Heritage biomedical sciences major Karina Borges, who served as the student speaker during the event, was honored to represent the many students like her who have excelled because of the scholarships they have received.

Scholarship Dinner“I am very excited to show the generous individuals the results of the investments they make in student scholarships,” Borges said. “I get to thank them in person; without their philanthropy, attending college would be a more challenging task,”

Virginia S. Hislop, an organizer of the very first Bounty of the Valley dinner, and who has attended every year since, was overjoyed by this year’s record-setting achievement. “These scholarships level the playing field for our students, who are as capable as any student from Seattle or Chicago, but who do not have the same financial resources,” she said. “By giving to our scholarship fund, our donors are making an investment in their community because our students go on to become the doctors, nurses, teachers and business leaders who will work at home in the Yakima Valley.”

Scholarship DinnerSince its inception, more than $4,000,000 have been raised, with every dollar going directly to student scholarships.

Director of Donor Development and organizer of the Bounty of the Valley, Dana Eliason, says it’s been a pleasure to bring generous benefactors and grateful students together at this event year after year.

“It’s always wonderful to have our donors meet the students who have benefited from their generosity,” she said. “Our students excel because of the opportunities provided to them, and it warms my heart to see the students share their gratitude with those who help make higher education a reality.”

To see more images from the Scholarship Dinner, or to make a gift to support student scholarship, visit heritage.edu/dinnerhighlights





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