Foundation benefit raises over $71,000

October  28, 2010

The Lake Washington College Foundation raised over $71,000 to assist college students and faculty through their Pathways to Learning Benefit Breakfast.

The October 27 breakfast featured a keynote address from Eddie Barbini, the Emmy nominated Executive Producer of the Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs. There was also a video message from Mike Rowe, the show's star. Local businessman Elling Halvorson and his wife, Barbara, served as Honorary Chairs of the event. State Rep. Larry Springer, 45th District, was the master of ceremonies.

"The best investment in education is right here, with these students," said Elling Halvorson in his remarks. "LWTC is very capable of going beyond where we are. Together we can build a brighter future, one student at a time."

The money was raised through corporate and private sponsorships and donations, ticket sales, and a silent auction. The auction featured theme baskets containing items donated by college employees and donors.

The funding allows the Foundation to assist students and faculty in three ways:

  • Providing students with financial support, enabling them to pursue their academic goals;
  • Proving families opportunities to improve their lives and live up to their potential;
  • Offering professional development and career training options for LWTC faculty

Also attending the breakfast were several elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, 1st District, State Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, 1st District, State Rep. Marcie Maxwell, 41st District, Kirkland Mayor Joan McBride, Kirkland City Councilman Dave Asher, and Redmond City Councilman Hank Margeson, in addition to Rep. Springer.

Attendees dined on Eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, sausage, assorted fruit, muffins, scones and juice. All items were prepared and served by students from Lake Washington Technical College's Culinary and Baking Arts program. In all over 100 LWTC students and staff volunteers were involved.

Breakfast sponsors included PAC Worldwide, Elling & Barbara Halvorson, Doug & Cathy Edlund, George Osborne, Boeing, Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, Evergreen Healthcare Foundation, Puget Sound Energy, Microsoft, DuPont, Follett Higher Education Group, Schreiber Starling & Lane Architects, Gurukul, Myung & Young Park, Carol Temparo, Ph.D., Wayne & Shirley Metcalf, Norman & Lynne Langseth, Anne Hamilton, Dr. Lynette Jones, Randall M. Maebo, DDS, Food Services of America, Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, Aramark Uniform Services, StopWatch Espresso, Henry Schein, Evergreen Vending, The Heathman Hotel, Massage Envy, The Prop Gallery West, Woodmark, Ingellina's, Northwest Nurseries, Rosella's Fruit & Produce Co., Inc., and AA Party Rentals.


About the Lake Washington College Foundation
The Lake Washington College Foundation was established in 1991 to change student lives. The Foundation assists students through scholarships and grants and promotes health and wellness awareness through programs ranging from medical assisting to dental hygiene, from fitness to licensed practical nursing. The Foundation contributes significantly to the Lake Washington Technical Academy, a school-within-a-school regional technical high school for students committed to work and education, and actively contributes to services for students with disabilities through LWTC's Early Learning Center. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are fully tax deductible.

About Lake Washington Technical College
Lake Washington Technical College was founded in 1949 and offers affordable professional and technical training for today's job market. Training is available in 39 programs, with 107 degree and certificate options: information technology; business & service; health & fitness; manufacturing & transportation technologies; and arts, language & science. The college's main campus is located in Kirkland, WA, with branch campuses in Redmond, WA, and Duvall, WA. For further information on LWTC please visit or call 425-739-8100.