Founders’ Day Dinner Raises Record-Setting Funds for Scholarship

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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Bastyr University made history on November 7, 2015, raising a record $95,000 at the ninth annual event.
Mistress of Ceremonies Angela King of Northwest Cable News (NWCN)

The Columbia Winery in Woodinville, Washington, was the place to be as attendees celebrated the schools’ pioneering founders, honored current leaders in the fields of natural health and helped pave the way for talented, deserving students to be able to complete their studies.

Bastyr leaders presented a Mission Award and four Founders’ Awards to members of Bastyr’s community for outstanding professional achievement and service to natural health. This year’s winners are:

  • Michael Murray, ND (’85) – Bastyr University Mission Award

Given annually to the individual, family, corporation or foundation who has demonstrated leadership over time in improving the health and well-being of the human community.

  • Serina Aubrecht, ND Candidate (’16) – The Les Griffith, ND, Student Award

Given annually in Dr. Griffith's name to a current student who has achieved eminence in their field of study and has rendered exceptional service to the University, bettering the entire Bastyr community and advancing the University's objectives and ideals.

  • Joni Olehausen, ND – The William A. Mitchell, ND, Service Merit Award

Given annually in Dr. Mitchell's name to recognize exemplary philanthropy and outstanding dedication to Bastyr University.

  • Maurice Werness, ND ('92) – The Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., ND, Alumna/Alumnus Award

Given annually in Dr. Pizzorno's name to an alumnus who has achieved eminence in his/her field of study and has rendered exceptional service to Bastyr, bettering the entire Bastyr community and advancing the University's objectives and ideals.

  • Thombra Muhammad – The Sheila Quinn Service to Society Award

Recognizes an individual who is pursuing his/her education and provides outstanding leadership in volunteer service and civic engagement to their community and neighbors. 

“Our Founders’ Awards honor the best and brightest “Bastyrians” in the world of natural medicine,” says Bastyr University President Charles “Mac” Powell, PhD. “In addition to celebrating their individual accomplishments, these awards highlight the continuous excellence in our professions: from the early days to today, and into the future.”

Guests were treated to a gourmet meal and a moving video highlighting the importance of scholarships, especially for international students, who are not eligible for most financial aid. The Mistress of Ceremonies was Emmy Award-winning journalist Angela King of Northwest Cable News (NWCN).

The dinner was part of a busy weekend, which also included a “Past, Present and Future” panel with three of the University’s founders and an official Bastyr welcome to President Powell, who began his role in July 2015.

Watch Kimani McDonald's video to learn how scholarship funds would benefit students such as herself.