Scholarship Fundraiser ‘Builds Relationships’

Golfers at the Scholarship Fundraiser enjoyed a beautiful day and a spectacular view

Golfers at the Scholarship Fundraiser enjoyed a beautiful day and a spectacular view

Dicran “D” Arnold loves the Northwest Mountain MSDC’s Scholarship Fundraiser so much that he flies up from San Francisco every year to participate.

Arnold, director of business diversity development for World Wide Technology, Inc. has attended the golf tournament and silent auction for close to 10 years. “It’s a great way to network with our customers—Boeing, Microsoft, Nordstrom—in a non-businesslike environment where you really get to know people,” he said. “It’s not about the actual score. It builds relationships.”*

Along with the relationship building, last week’s event raised $8,880 for the Council’s ongoing scholarship fund, which supports MBE education and development. Calling it a “really important day for the Northwest Mountain MSDC,” Board Chair Diane Lin said the Council has raised more than $105,000 for its scholarship fund over the past five years.

The fundraiser took place at the Golf Club at Newcastle, Wash. on Aug. 25. Twenty-five foursomes teed off under a sunny, breezy sky. Some foursomes consisted of two MBEs paired with two Members.

“We create those foursomes knowing that those MBEs will be complementary to those Members,” said Fernando Martinez, Council president and CEO. “They engage without the pressure of being in an office. It’s the beginning of a relationship between them.”

The winning foursome--Scott Williams, Ben Zhang, Kevin Penner, and Matt Steele--represented Greater China Industries, Inc.

The winning foursome--Scott Williams, Ben Zhang, Kevin Penner, and Matt Steele--represented Greater China Industries, Inc.

The golf tournament was followed by a networking reception and buffet dinner, at which Lin gave out various awards and announced the winners of the tournament: Ben Zhang, Kevin Penner, Matt Steele, and Scott Williams.

Board Member Peter Lee calls the scholarship fundraiser one of the Council’s “signature events” and says it is consistent with the commitment to MBEs, supplier diversity, and scholarship of his organization, Wells Fargo. “This brings me back on an annual basis,” he said.

AT&T Director of External Affairs Carol Tagayun adds that her company has met suppliers that they eventually work with at the scholarship fundraiser. “There are not a lot of opportunities to do that,” she said. “The Council is a wonderful organization. They do really good, really important events.”

“Where else can you find all these companies in the same spot?” Arnold said. “At the end of the day, you do business with people you like, and the Council is full of great people.”