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Heritage University to present the annual Bounty of the Valley Scholarship Dinner on KAPP and KVEW TV Saturday, June 6 at 7pm
Toppenish, Wash. – For 34 years, the annual Bounty of the Valley Scholarship Dinner has been hosted on the Heritage University campus in Toppenish on the first Saturday of June. This year because of the coronavirus safety protocols in effect, the University has had to create a virtual scholarship dinner. The one-hour event will air on KAPP/KVEW TV in Yakima and in the Tri-Cities as well as stream online at heritage.edu/sd2020 on Saturday, June 6 at 7 pm.
The Bounty of the Valley Scholarship Dinner is the University’s most important fundraiser of the year. All of the proceeds go directly to student scholarships in the coming academic year and according to David Wise, Vice President of University Advancement the need for scholarships has never been greater. “In the changed world that we find ourselves in at the moment, so many students and their families have lost their jobs, which they count on to help pay for college. In order for our students to stay in school, the need for scholarship support will be more critical now than ever.”
The event will feature stories from Heritage students and alumni, as well as appearances from many community, business, and political leaders. Wise is optimistic about the event and its ability to raise the funds needed. “If there is one thing I know about the Yakima Valley it is about the generosity of the people who live here. I think it is the nature of this special place we call home. There is a pride in this valley and a desire to help the community thrive. They see education as vital to continued growth and demonstrate their belief in the Heritage mission through their giving.
Dana Eliason, Senior Director of Donor Relations at Heritage is usually the chief architect of the annual dinner and was both melancholy and excited about this year’s virtual event. “I will so miss seeing all of our amazing friends who gather on campus each year in June. But I know in my heart it is not the dinner that they come for, it is the stories of our students. That is why they come each year and that is why they give. The students they invest in go on to contribute to our wonderful community in meaningful ways. That is the dividend our donors reap from their giving.”
President of Heritage University, Dr. Andrew Sund thinks that not only does the virtual scholarship event have the potential to raise the necessary scholarship funds needed for students, but has the potential to introduce Heritage to a wide audience across the valley, who may have heard about Heritage but not know much about it. “I will miss the annual gathering on campus, it is always such a joyful evening. But I think we will make many new friends across the valley as a result. I know they will be encouraged by what they learn, and I hope, find a new place in their hearts for Heritage.”
For more information, contact Davidson Mance, Director of Media Relations at Heritage University, (509) 969-6084 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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