WAEF Honors Volunteers

    Wenatchee, Wash… Today volunteers of the Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) gathered at Pybus Market in Wenatchee to be honored for their time, dedication and enthusiasm for the work of the Foundation.  40 of this year’s 121 volunteers attended the first annual WAEF Volunteer Recognition Luncheon.
    Foundation staff presented two awards at the event: WAEF Volunteer of the Year and WAEF Group Volunteer of the Year.  Pat Bossen, Wenatchee, was selected as the first recipient of Volunteer of the Year.  Bossen has volunteered with WAEF since 2006 when she selected grant and scholarship recipients on the organization’s Farmworker Education Committee while an employee of Wilbur Ellis Company.  Her involvement has continued since with volunteer time dedicated to scholarship selections, the Foundation’s annual scholarship celebration luncheon, annual summer golf tournament, student care packages and office administration work.  When presenting her award, it was shared that “Pat is always willing to lend a hand with a smile on her face and a ‘just let me know what you need me to do’ response.”
    Moss Adams LLP was selected as the first annual Group Volunteer of the Year.  This year Yakima and Wenatchee employees of Moss Adams LLP served on the Foundation’s scholarship selection committee (during tax season), created and sent care packages to ten WAEF scholarship students, volunteered at the annual scholarship celebration luncheon and served as mentors providing encouragement year-round to assigned WAEF scholarship students.  The firm has been involved with WAEF for several years.  Sam Sluys, Assurance Services Manager for Moss Adams LLP, attended the event and accepted the award.  Sluys is one of six volunteers from Moss Adams LLP involved in WAEF programs this year.  
    Guests at the luncheon heard that this year volunteers assisted with the awarding of over 230 scholarships, effectively oversaw the Foundation’s investments, sent care packages to 107 scholarship recipients, encouraged student’s talents and interests through the judging of the NCW Spelling Bee, Year of the Apple Art Contest and Mid-Columbia Science Fair, and raised over $1 million.  
Those present also got to hear from one of the Foundation’s current scholarship recipients.  Aurora Tamayo, a 2012 Westside High School (Wenatchee) graduate and current Wenatchee Valley College student, shared about receiving scholarships for the last two years from WAEF.  Tamayo is driven to succeed in college for herself and her three-year-old son.  WAEF scholarships are helping make that happen.
    The WAEF is the charity of the tree fruit industry.  Its mission is to impact lives through access to educational opportunities.  For more information on the Washington Apple Education Foundation, visit www.waef.org or call (509) 663-7713.