Apple foundation honors volunteers

The Washington Apple Education Foundation recognized more than 200 volunteers at its annual appreciation breakfast.
Dan Wheat

Capital Press

Published on October 9, 2017 12:14PM


QUINCY, Wash. — More than 200 volunteers for the Washington Apple Education Foundation were honored Oct. 3 at the foundation’s fifth annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at the Cave B Inn near Quincy.

Among many other things, the volunteers helped the foundation award nearly $1 million in scholarships this year to more than 250 students of families in the Central Washington tree fruit industry, said Jennifer Witherbee, executive director of the Wenatchee-based foundation.

Volunteers reviewed scholarship applications, sent care packages to scholarship students, supported English as a Second Language programs and helped with two golf tournaments, scholarship celebration luncheons attended by nearly 1,000 people, the foundation’s $6 million investment pool, governance and leadership on the board of directors and two career exploration tours. They also assisted students with job shadows, internships and resumes.

Two volunteers and one company received special awards at the breakfast.

Ruth Velasco Ortiz, of Brewster and Seattle, was named Alumni Volunteer of the Year. She was a foundation scholarship recipient from 2010 through 2013 and has been heavily involved with the foundation since graduating from the University of Washington in 2013.

Colleen Maimassari, human resource director of Borton Fruit, Yakima, is Individual Volunteer of the Year. Borton sends care packages to students twice a year.

Northwest Farm Credit Services was honored as Volunteer Company of the Year. Several volunteers with the company in Pasco, Sunnyside, Yakima, Moses Lake and Spokane helped the foundation in various roles.



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