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Heritage University. (Courtesy: Heritage University)

TOPPENISH, Wash. -- The recent Bounty of the Valley Scholarship Dinner raised $678,250 for student scholarships at Heritage University in Toppenish.

The 32nd annual event on June 2 brought in $678,250, university officials announced. It’s the main annual event in the Yakima Valley dedicated to raising scholarship funds for Heritage students.

This year marked the 32nd anniversary of the event “that celebrates the many talented men and women who are transforming their lives and our communities through the gifts of the generous individuals whose contributions make it possible for them to earn their college degrees,” a news release noted.

Heritage students served as hosts for the event’s 250 guests, welcoming them as they arrived, sharing their Heritage experiences and thanking them for their ongoing investment in the university.

More than $5.7 million has been raised at the event since it began, with every dollar going directly to student scholarships, the release said.

Features/The Vanished Editor

Tammy Ayer has worked at the Yakima Herald-Republic since 2015. This is her fourth newspaper gig. Alongside general assignment reporting and profiles, she writes about the centuries-long crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People, focusing on those who have gone missing, been murdered and have died mysteriously on and around the Yakama Reservation. Ayer grew up in Indiana, lived in Florida for 13 years and has a master’s degree in history.

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