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Our events are a perfect way to engage with Rainier Scholars and support our scholars. Whether it is joining us at our Annual Luncheon each spring, attending our popular Bricks & Books Auction or helping our scholars explore professional opportunities at our Career Expo, your participation will support scholars on their 12-year journey to college graduation and lives of leadership.

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Career & Internship Expo

Each summer, we offer a Career Expo to connect our scholars to professional networks, explore careers and identify internships/jobs—critical steps as they prepare to enter the workforce.

We are pleased to invite partners across industries and sectors to meet our scholars and share internship and employment opportunities.

Please email Bethany Furubayashi, Director of Corporate Engagement or call (206) 407-2181, or email Thomas Wilson, Internship and Networking Manager or call (206) 838-6675 to participate this year – as a partner or scholar!

Bricks & Books Auction

Now in its sixth year, our Bricks & Books Auction, co-hosted with Skanska, is held each fall with all proceeds to benefit Rainier Scholars. Join us for a chance to socialize during both a silent and live auction to support our scholars on their 12-year journey to college. The highlight of the night is when our scholars step up to the “mic” and share their personal experience as a Rainier Scholar.

For more information, email Bethany Furubayashi, Director of Corporate Engagement, or call (206) 407-2181.

“I cannot think of an organization that does more with a single dollar invested.”

Chris Toher, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Skanska

Annual Luncheon

The Annual Luncheon took place on April 24, 2018 and was attended by nearly 1,200 guests. This signature event is a testament to the abiding support we receive from corporate sponsors, donors and school partners alike. Thanks to these significant supporters, the luncheon raised $1.6 million dollars, representing nearly 40% of the annual operating budget necessary to serve 700+ students of color on their path to becoming the first in their families to earn a college degree.

Our 2018 luncheon, Charting a Course to College and Beyond, featured a video of two scholars at different ends of the 12-year journey – Ossie, a 5th grader in Cohort 17 who started Rainier Scholars last summer, and Leo, an alum from Cohort 1 who is about to begin his residency as a medical doctor. The video was the emotional high point of the luncheon.

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