In Seattle, raising $138,000 for charity

We can’t wait until next year!

On October 17, nearly 200 Skanska staff and industry partners raised $138,000 at the inaugural Bricks & Books Auction benefiting Rainier Scholars, a Seattle academic enrichment program for students of color. The event featured poker, miniature golf, food, drinks, live music and both a silent and live auction.

“It was an amazing night,” said Chris Toher, USA Building executive vice president and Seattle general manager. “It’s a testament to what Rainier Scholars does for our community and how much our team believes in that cause.”

Key to raising that significant amount of money was the strong support of the local executive team, said Marcy Latta, USA Building regional marketing director.

“They really saw the value in partnering with Rainier Scholars,” Latta said. “Their enthusiasm engendered great support with industry trade partners and vendors.”

Founded in 2000, Rainier Scholars is a local program, currently assisting 525 scholars that invites youth of a diverse background to enroll in an 11-year journey starting in middle school and continuing through the college years. The program provides mentoring in academic enrichment, academic counseling and support, leadership development and college support. Scholars are usually from low-income households, and more than 85 percent will be the first in their families to graduate from college.

Our Seattle office has hired three interns from Rainier Scholars over the past two years, and will hire scholars full-time when they graduate.

“By supporting Rainier Scholars, we help create pathways to college for talented and motivated young scholars from ethnic minority backgrounds who determined to succeed,” said Toher. “I am already excited for next year’s event.”

Two of the beneficiaries

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