Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), through the LWTech Foundation, hosted its annual Bright Futures Benefit Breakfast on Oct. 29.
The fundraising event supports students at the school — which serves students throughout the Eastside, including in Redmond — with scholarships, program support and emergency funds. This year, the event raised an all-time high of $256,000 to fund about 200 scholarships.
Last year, the event raised about $200,000 last year, serving 75 students through the Bridge the Gap Student Emergency Fund.
LWTech President Dr. Amy Morrison said the college has turned a financial corner.
“We’ve turned from surviving to thriving,” she said. “We’re able to continue to support dedicated students to reach their academic goals.”
The event allowed students who benefited from scholarships, program support and emergency funds to share how it affected their education opportunities at LWTech.
Amy Mason, a graduate from LWTech Center of Architecture, Design and Engineering, said the program support allowed her and her team to participate in a national architecture competition awards ceremony in Las Vegas. She and her teammates were unable to afford to travel for the competition and the program support fund helped pay for their travel expenses.
The event also honored two of LWTech Foundation’s board of directors and donors, Dick and Dianne Haelsig.
“We’re proud members that have helped the foundation grow,” Dianne Haelsig said. “We look forward to the foundation to continue to grow and support these great students.”