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Alumni Spotlight with Melissa Ortega Class of '86
Melissa was a member of Wenatchee Valley College's softball team that was inducted to the schools Hall of Fame and she is also the owner of Castle & Bay. www.castleandbay.com
Alumni Spotlight with Ted Zacher, Class of '42
$432,723.89 in a single donation just received by WVC Foundation!
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Local orchardist and Wenatchee Valley College alumnus Ted Zacher has generously donated more than $400,000 to the WVC Foundation.
Zacher transferred 54,090.86 shares in stock to the WVC Foundation, which equaled a gift totaling $432,723.89.
"This is an opportunity for you to use that money to help other students that really want to get an education," Zacher told Stacey Lockhart, WVC Foundation executive director. "This is an opportunity for those students who live here to go to school."
The gift has been designated as unrestricted funds, which means that the Foundation can apply the funds toward the areas of greatest need. "A gift like this, that allows the Foundation to use it where we can do the most good and have the most impact on the students, is truly transformational," Lockhart said. "Things like this don't happen every day."
Zacher's parents, who emigrated from Romania, met in 1915 and owned land near George. In 1926, they purchased an orchard near Dryden, where Zacher grew up and attended school. After he graduated from Dryden High School in 1940, he attended Wenatchee Junior College, which was then housed in a wing of Wenatchee High School. He played on a six-person basketball team and was transported to games by WJC president W.B. Smith. He graduated in 1942 and transferred with junior standing to the University of Washington.
"I was glad I had the opportunity to go to Wenatchee Junior College, with small classes, and then go to the University of Washington. It's really great to be in a smaller school," Zacher said.
In a little more than a year, he graduated from the UW with a bachelor's degree in economics and business. In 1943, he attended Harvard through a military program. Zacher served as a supply and disbursement officer in the Navy, serving on two destroyers, the U.S.S. George K. MacKenzie and the U.S.S. Glennon.
When he returned home, he worked in his father's orchard for a year, and then went on to sell B.F. Goodrich products through the Wells & Wade Hardware Store in Wenatchee. In 1957, he began working for Wenoka Growers, where he quickly advanced to manager, comptroller, and then president. Zacher helped open apple and cherry markets in Japan for international business. He worked a total of 36 years at Wenoka.
Alumni Spotlight-Alisa Strutzel
Each month we will be spotlighting a WVC Alum. November is our first one and spotlights Alisa Strutzel, owner of Tastebuds Coffee and Wine. If you would like to be in our spotlight contact James Coker at email@example.com or 509-682-6413. December's Spotlight will be Melissa Ortega
Stay in touch
We would love to know more about our alumni - who you are, when you attended WVC, and what you have been doing since leaving WVC. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our online alumni form.
When you complete and submit your updated information, we will send you a WVC Alumni License Plate Frame and window decal. Show your WVC pride and get yours today!
WVC Alumni Loyalty Program
As Wenatchee Valley College approaches its 75th anniversary, the WVC Alumni Association / WVC Foundation is kicking off its first Annual Fund campaign to connect with and engage alumni while encouraging their charitable support of scholarships and projects at WVC. There is no cost to you to participate, just your willingness to help us thank WVC alumni for their support of Wenatchee Valley College. To find out more about this program, visit the WVC Alumni Loyalty Program Web page.
Produced by Robin Cressy, cressyvideo.com
Click on the image above for a link to a video produced by WVC Ski Program Alumnus Robin Cressy. The video was created when Cressy attended WVC.
WVC Alumni Relations Committee
Knights Helping Knights
The goal of the WVC Alumni Relations Committee is to connect with WVC alumni, and to plan fun events and activities for alumni.
Alumni are one of our strongest advocates in the community and at the state level. By sharing their experiences at WVC with other potential students, they are also one of our best recruiters. Alumni support through annual giving can, over time, be one of our biggest sources of funding for the future.
If you are an alum, and you are interested in helping us build the future of WVC--a strong, vibrant alumni association--please contact the WVC Alumni Office at email@example.com or 509.682.6413.