Two students receive RLS Productions scholarships

June 1, 2018

Media Contact:
David Davin, WVC Foundation executive director, (509) 682-6415
Robert Sandidge, RLS Productions, LLC (509) 669-6872

Scholarship recipients stand with donors and instructors

WVC students Chasen Peart and Joi West each recently received a $1,000 scholarship from the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation.

“This scholarship has helped me to upgrade key parts in my home desktop so that I can run the software easier and to help me produce better work in the future,” Peart said.

“I was displaced from my communications job due to restructuring,” West said. “I decided to return to college to get a degree in graphic design. I had 14 years of experience, but no ‘paperwork’ to prove my skills. This scholarship will help me finish my degree so I can return to work with the additional knowledge and resources I need to be successful in my field.”

These scholarships are made possible from direct donations to the RLS Productions’ Concerts in the Gardens WVC Foundation account by Horan Estates Winery and The Names Foundation. The RLS Productions’ Concerts in the Gardens is a five-week summer concert series held annually through July and early August at Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee, Wash. The concert series is produced by Robert and Rio Sandidge co-owners of RLS Productions, LLC.

Support comes from direct sponsorships, ticket sales and supporters of the concert series. RLS Productions set a goal in 2014 of raising $35,000 to endow a scholarship for the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation. Since 2014, it has raised $29,500 in donations. To date, $10,000 has been awarded in annual scholarships.

The 2018 summer concert series occurs every Thursday for five weeks from July 5 to Aug. 2. For more information on the concert series, visit


Three goals drive RLS Productions’ Concerts in the Gardens: First, increase mid-week tourism outside a 50-mile radius of Wenatchee Valley and its bedroom communities. Second, develop the series into a regional concert series held at Ohme Gardens, resulting in increased tourism. Third, build a $35,000 scholarship endowment for the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation through an annual contribution of 25 percent of the net ticket sales, while at the same time generating immediate annual financial assistance for students in need. Information on the 2018 RLS Productions’ Concert in the Gardens summer series are available at

 The WVC Foundation was incorporated in 1971. It exists to build relationships between the community and the college and raise financial support for Wenatchee Valley College students, programs, faculty and staff, as well as special projects such as building campaigns like the Music and Art Center. For information on how to make a gift to the foundation, establish a scholarship or include the WVC Foundation in your estate plans, contact (509) 682-6410. Visit the WVC Foundation website at