Three students receive RLS Productions scholarships
June 13, 2019
Ellora La Shier, WVC Foundation coordinator, 509-682-6417
Robert Sandidge, RLS Productions, LLC 509-669-6872
WVC students Kayla Rich, Alondra Duarte and Jesse Kilthau each received a scholarship from the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation.
Rich and Kilthau are currently pursuing associates degrees in computer technology-network administration. Duarte has completed an associate degree in graphic design and is working toward a digital design certificate.
“I am honored to have been selected as one of the recipients of the RLS Productions Network Administration Scholarship,” said Rich. “Receiving this extra support from their organization means I have less to worry about and can stay focused on the program.”
The RLS Productions’ Concerts in the Gardens is a five-week summer concert series held annually at Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee, Wash. The concert series is produced by Robert and Rio Sandidge, co-owners of RLS Productions, LLC.
Scholarship funding comes from direct sponsorships, ticket sales and supporters of the concert series. RLS Productions set a goal of raising $43,000 to endow a scholarship for the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation. Until that endowment is fully funded, Horan Estates Winery funds the annual scholarship, nearly $14,000 to date, through direct donations to the RLS Production’s Concerts in the Gardens WVC Foundation account.
“Dennis and I are so honored to be a part of the Concert Series and are thrilled with how many students lives we help change at WVC,” said Beth Dobbs, co-owner of Horan Estates Winery. “Helping to provide these opportunities is truly a passion for us. We are beyond excited to give back to our community. We are pleased to share our passion for philanthropy and deep interest in our love of music and continue to support our community. These annual scholarships that arise from RLS Productions’ Concerts in the Gardens series make this contribution a natural fit.”
“Rio and I would like to thank all our sponsors, volunteers, Tastebuds catering and all our supporters around the Wenatchee Valley,” Robert Sandidge said. “We’d like to also thank Horan Estates’ Dennis and Beth Dobbs for their direct donations into our RLS Productions scholarship account allowing for additional annual scholarships. Lastly, we are truly thankful for the Greater Wenatchee Valley having come together to support our community series.”
The 2019 summer concert series occurs every Thursday for five weeks from June 27 to August 1. For more information on the concert series, visit RLStalent.com.
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 $43,000 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 2019 RLS Productions’ Concert in the Gardens summer series are available at RLStalent.com.
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 wvc.edu/Foundation.
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