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Inaugural Barbara Wilson Women's Luncheon held Nov. 14

Guests at Barbara Wilson Women's Luncheon
Guests at the Barbara Wilson WVC Women's Luncheon included (left to right):
Suzanne MacPherson, Ardie VanWell, honoree Barbara Wilson, Bobbie
Schroeder, Barbara deRubertis and Shirley McArthur.

On Thursday, Nov. 14, the WVC Foundation hosted the Barbara Wilson WVC Women's Luncheon, the first of a new series of luncheons at the Wenatchee Golf and Country Club. Guests included generous women to the college who have endowed scholarships, donated to major campaign initiatives such as the Music and Art Center, and made significant contributions to the college.

Speakers included WVC biology professor Rob Fitch, who discussed how contributions to the foundation have supported his research and continuing education, and WVC student body president Matt Draggoo, who shared that he will be able to graduate debt free because of the scholarship support he received through the foundation and private giving. WVC Foundation board member and financial planning expert Wendell Cayton also shared some tips and information about making informed decisions when making gifts to any charitable organization.

Matt Draggoo and Barbara Wilson
Guest speakers at the
luncheon included ASWVC
President Matt Draggoo,
pictured here with Barbara

The luncheon was named in honor of longtime WVC Foundation board member Barbara Wilson for all of her contributions to the college, including her financial support of the Nurses for Tomorrow capital campaign with her late husband, and for her tireless work and advocacy on behalf of the WVC Foundation and the college in the community.Foundation executive director Stacey Lockhart explained that these luncheons are an opportunity for the WVC Foundation to say thank you to the women of the Wenatchee Valley who have generously supported the college and students.

"So many generous ladies have supported our efforts over the years, and we need to let them hear for themselves how their generosity has helped recipients," Lockhart said. "Giving through the WVC Foundation is an investment that changes lives, and I want to share all of the inspiring stories that I have the opportunity to hear with the ones who are making our work possible."

Feedback about the event was overwhelmingly positive, and the WVC Foundation plans to host the luncheons twice a year. The next one will be in April 2013. There are also plans to expand the luncheon to include women who have an interest in supporting higher education in the Wenatchee Valley.


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