The Washington Apple Education Foundation produced a video featuring scholarship recipients. ( Courtesy Washington Apple Education Foundation )

The Washington Apple Education Foundation replaced its annual scholarship luncheon with a scholarship celebration film.

The six-minute “Celebrating Our Future” congratulates the foundation’s scholarship recipients.

“A couple of months ago it became clear that we would not be gathering 1,000-plus students, parents, donors and volunteers together for our annual celebration luncheons,” Chris Willett, apple foundation chairman, said in a news release. “At that time, this idea was launched as a way an even larger group of people could enjoy the happiness, we each feel when attending the luncheon.” The video is on the foundation’s website, YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn.

The event is an important fundraiser for the Washington Apple Education Foundation, and gives the industry the opportunity to recognize students and scholarship donors.

“It is the goal of the foundation that their scholarship recipients not just enroll in college but that they graduate on time and prepared to launch their careers,” according to the release.

Northwest Farm Credit Services present the scholarship luncheons, and sponsorship support also came from: AgroFresh, Alegria & Co., Allan Brothers, Chelan Fresh, CliftonLarsonAllen, CMI Orchards, Columbia Valley Fruit, Conover Insurance, Cowiche Growers, CPC International Apple Co., Crunch Pak, Gilbert Orchards Inc., Good Fruit Grower, GS Long, Heritage University, Homchick Smith & Associates, HR Spinner Corp., Kershaw Cos., Key Bank, Legacy Fruit, Matson Fruit, McDougall & Sons, Moss Adams LLP, North Cascades Bank, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Orchard-Rite, PayneWest Insurance, Sage Fruit, T&G Global, Tree Top, USI, Valley Tractor & Equipment, Washington Fruit & Produce, Wells Fargo Commercial Banking, Yakima Pomological Club and Yakima Valley Community Foundation.

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