WAEF Weekly: Celebrate Scholarship Season

Join in for inspiration and industry camaraderie!

Spring is just around the corner and as the warmer weather arrives so do spring and summer events! The annual WAEF golf tournaments and scholarship luncheon celebrations are events not to be missed, here are the details and ways that you can get involved.

     The Scholarship Celebration Luncheons, presented by Northwest Farm Credit Services are set for Monday, July 25th in at the Wenatchee Convention Center and Monday, August 1st at the Yakima Convention Center.

     With the Dr. Suess theme of, "Oh the places you'll go!" the scholarship luncheons will be full of whimsy and future ambitions. Hear firsthand from student speakers the impact that scholarships through WAEF have had on their future. Witness the beginning of the journey that your efforts and donations have made in the lives of the newly selected recipients. The selected students represent the future of the tree fruit industry, some of whom are the first generation in their family to attend college. Come to the luncheons in celebration of their achievements, to support their futures, and show the students that you believe they are "...off to Great Places!" and can "...MOVE MOUNTAINS!"
      The key note speaker Pete Perez is sure to deliver a motivational message to new students and attendees. Mr. Perez is an educational administrator from Othello, Washington with a strong belief in the power of public education.  Mr. Perez is currently the Principal at Wahitis Elementary and also spent several years as a teacher, coach, and administrator at the high school level. Mr. Perez has presented to local Educational Services Districts on effective educational systems, data analysis protocols and student success strategies. He recently completed his superintendent's certification through Washington State University and continues to demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning. Pete was born and raised in the Columbia Basin and his family has strong roots in the agricultural community.  He looks forward to sharing his story with the students, families, and supporters of the Washington Apple Education Foundation.
     You can help support the scholarship program through luncheon sponsorship and event attendance.   Download the sponsorship form.

     The WAEF golf tournaments are set for Tuesday, June 7th in East Wenatchee at the Wenatchee Golf & Country Club and Thursday, July 14th in Yakima at Apple Tree Golf Resort. DuPont and Wilbur-Ellis Company are the presenting sponsors for both tournaments. We welcome back Peter Verbrugge as chairman of the Yakima tournament.

     All team and major sponsorships are currently full, there are Hole sponsorships available: a $500 Hole sponsorship will feature your company logo placed at a starting hole on the course, and recognition on the WAEF website, social media and in our official media release, as well as two invitations to the after tournament dinner and auction.  Hole sponsorship form
     Volunteer efforts are needed in the following areas; Golf packet and gift bag assembly, registration and check-in, hole attendants, and auction help.

      For sponsorship and volunteer requests or for more information on any of these events, contact Megan Kovanen, Resource Development Coordinator at (509) 663-7713 or megan.kovanen@waef.org