Concerts in the Gardens Provide Scholarships
WENATCHEE, WA – Two Wenatchee Valley College students received scholarships Thursday, thanks to the Concert in the Gardens series at Ohme Gardens. Donations by Dennis and Beth Dobbs of Horan Estates Winery, and The Names Foundation, were able to provide two, one-thousand dollar scholarships yesterday in conjunction with the concert series, the work of R-L-S Productions…
Two $1,000 Scholarships Awarded Thursday at WVC
WVC students Hannah Bodily and Morgan Harwood each recently received a $1,000 scholarship from the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation. Bodily received the RLS Productions, LLC Graphic Design/Digital Design scholarship. Harwood received the RLS Productions, LLC Network Administration Annual Winter Scholarship. Both recipients are Wenatchee residents.
Bodily says the money is a welcome surprise. “It’s been a long, busy haul but good and very informational. Today I got a thousand dollar scholarship from the RLS Foundation and its going to be a really, really big opportunity for me as I get to improve my technology as a student. It means a lot, especially to be supported by the community this way.”
Harwood said she heard about the scholarship through her instructor. “I applied for it and I got it! It means a lot to me because I just don’t have to worry so much about finances while I’m trying to study and do well.” Harwood says she wants to go to work in a school environment supplying technical support. “I do want to do a Help Desk position, probably in education in a school district. I like to go around and help people with their computers and fix their computer issues and also help people use their technology.”
See a Great Concert and Help Students, It’s a Win-Win
David Davin, the Executive Director of the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation, says the Concerts in the Gardens series is a great way to help local students. “It’s a win-win for everyone. You get to go enjoy a concert and know that you’re helping students get to school and helping the local economy.”
Concerts in the Gardens Raised $22,000 in Scholarships
The RLS Productions’ Concerts in the Gardens is a five-week summer concert series held annually through July and early August at Ohme Gardens. 2016 was the fourth year that Robert and Catherine (Rio) Sandidge have presented the WVC Foundation with a contribution. This year, the concert series raised $12,000 for the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation. The annual scholarship award for students that is funded by the concert series now totals $10,000. RLS Productions is continuing to raise the $35,000 necessary to endow the scholarship fund.
Beth Dobbs, and her husband Dennis, own Horan Estates Winery in Cashmere and have donated money to help students through their sponsorship of the Concert in the Gardens series. “Robert has provided a wonderful venue here for the valley with the Ohme Gardens Concert Series. We had the opportunity with the winery to be one of the lead sponsors for the series. We immediately jumped on board because totally believe in the valley and what we can do together.”
Tickets for This Summer’s Concerts are On Sale Now
Tickets for this year’s 5-concert series are on sale now, ranging in price from $28 to $48. Robert Sandidge says they have a great lineup of talent coming again this summer. “It starts July 5th with The Infinity Project opening. Too Slim and the Taildraggers are coming back the following week (all Thursday shows). Then we have (Wenatchee) Big Band (July 19th). Then we have a group called the Peter Rivera Band which includes the original vocalist and drummer for Rare Earth (July 26th). Closing this year (August 2nd) will be Invisible Touch, which is a Genesis and Phil Collins tribute band.”
You can go to www.RLSProductions.net to purchase tickets or find more information.