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Luncheon raises nearly $250,000 for Bellevue College scholarships, programs

Bellevue College President Dr. David Rule addresses the crowd at the Meydenbauer Center during the 15th annual “Become Exceptional” luncheon.   - COURTESY PHOTO, Alan Alabastro, Alabastro Photography
Bellevue College President Dr. David Rule addresses the crowd at the Meydenbauer Center during the 15th annual “Become Exceptional” luncheon.
— image credit: COURTESY PHOTO, Alan Alabastro, Alabastro Photography

 

The Bellevue College Foundation’s “Become Exceptional” Luncheon raised nearly $250,000 from over 650 guests, that will provide crucial support for the foundation’s many school and program activities that advance scholarships and academic programs for BC students.

Now in its 15th year, the April 30 event, held at Bellevue's Meydenbauer Center, also attracted 46 corporate and in-kind sponsors that underwrote the cost of the luncheon, allowing every dollar that guests donated to support Bellevue College and its students.

“The success of the foundation and of the luncheon is dependent on the tremendous support we receive from the community, and it is so important that we bring this community together to learn more about the BC story,” said Larry Herron, vice president of Institutional Advancement and executive director of the foundation.

Chef, restaurateur and BC alum John Howie and state Rep. and BC alum Cyrus Habib gave the keynote speeches and John Curley, host of The Tom & Curley radio show and former Evening Magazine host, emceed the event. Additionally, two Bellevue College students spoke to the audience about their success at BC and in life thanks to foundation scholarships.

Established in 1978, the BC Foundation is a nonprofit organization that receives and manages individual and institutional gifts, grants and awards on behalf of Bellevue College.

 

 

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