February 7, 2024 Fundraising event raises over $20,000 for WSU Tri-Cities students
The annual Washington State University Tri-Cities Carson College of Business Point to Success Fundraising Brunch was held on Saturday, Feb. 3 at Anthony’s at Columbia Point. There were 55 attendees and over $20,000 raised for the college.
WSU mechanical engineering alumnus and world-renowned entrepreneur Scott Crump was featured as a guest speaker at the event. Crump invented Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology, as well as the first 3D printer using the technology. Crump’s invention revolutionized the manufacturing process by allowing for the creation of complex parts and prototypes using a layer-by-layer approach. In his presentation, Crump discussed his entrepreneurial journey of co-founding Stratasys, specializing in manufacturing 3D printing systems, and the lessons he learned from inventing in his garage to establishing a $600 million company.
The brunch was led by Northwest Public Broadcasting’s Multimedia News Director Tracci Dial, and award-winning auctioneer Chantel Booker-Kimball led the live auction. Guests enjoyed a gourmet brunch buffet including champagne, several games, and the live auction, bringing in a grand total of over $20,000. The funds will be used to support the Carson College of Business on the WSU Tri-Cities campus, with portions of the proceeds supporting student support, faculty development, and the Byron Marlowe scholarship fund. The college currently has over 40 students enrolled in a variety of business-related majors.