First, with the support of our sponsors and supporters we began the process of establishing the “Concerts in the Gardens” into a Washington State Regional Brand increasing mid-week tourism outside a 50 mile radius of our Wenatchee Valley and its bedroom communities.
Second, we began laying the foundation for the ability to produce and build a World Class Intimate Venue at Ohme Gardens with National Artists that dominated last year’s lineup resulting in increased tourism. With the help of our community sponsors and leaders we were able to nearly double our anticipated budget in marketing the series increasing local tourism and promotion of our Ohme Gardens. In 2015 & 2016 we increased the strength of our talent booking by bringing in a more diverse group of National artists.
Third, we will continue towards building the savings for the $35,000 needed to endow a scholarship for the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation with 25% of the net ticket sales. In the 2016 season the contributions totaled $9,000. With the funds, the WVC Foundation developed a scholarship endowment of $8,000, and $1,000 will be awarded in 2017 to a deserving student. In 2014, $2,000 was generated and donated to the WVC Foundation for scholarships, and in 2015, $4,000 was donated for a total of $15,000.
To continue with these objectives we are asking for help from leaders and forward thinking businesses, corporations and organizations in our community to help us produce this concert series and realize the overall objective.
On November 8, 2016 The Wenatchee Valley College Foundation was the recipient of two contributions generated by the third season of RLS Productions’ Concerts in the Gardens, a five-week long summer concert series held throughout July and early August at Ohme Gardens. The contributions totaled $9,000. With the funds, the WVC Foundation developed a Scholarship Endowment of $8,000, and $1,000 will be awarded in 2017 to a deserving student. In 2014, $2,000 was generated and donated to the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation for scholarships, and in 2015, $4,000 was donated for a total of $15,000.