27 Dec 2017

Friends Wine and Dine Through Yakima for Scholarships

Author: Wings  /  Categories: Campus, Wings  / 

Wine and DineIn September, 10 people from Seattle traveled the 160 miles to rural Yakima County for a weekend adventure that was as inspiring as it was educational. The Yakima Valley Culinary, Wine, Art, Hops and Education Tour was the first of what organizers hope will be an annual occurrence that benefits Heritage University students.

Participants toured the artists community Mighty Tieton, as well as a private museum of Native American art and artifacts, and a working hops farm. They tasted some of the Yakima Valley’s finest wine, dined on authentic Mexican food, and spent several hours at Heritage University touring the campus and visiting with students.

“They loved every piece of it,” said Anne Cassidy, Heritage University director of donor relations, Puget Sound region and one of the tour organizers. “They were completely blown away by our students in particular. The feedback we received after the event was that they wanted to spend even more time on campus and more time with our students because they were so impressed.”

While the event raised nearly $10,000 for student scholarships, its true value was in the connection that it helped make between the east and west sides of the state of Washington.

“We wanted our guests to see the full picture of what Heritage is all about. The students who come here, the communities in which they live and work, the geography of this university set in the middle of hop fields, it all tells the story that can best be understood when you come here and experience Heritage firsthand.”

Plans are in development for future tours, starting fall 2018. For more information, contact advancement@heritage.edu.

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