Bates ‘sizzles’ at Pacific Grill Events Center

Thursday, April 12

Signature fundraiser benefits student scholarships, programs

TACOMA, Wash. - Put some sizzle into your step at the annual Bates Technical College Foundation fundraiser, Bates Sizzles, on Thursday, April 19, 5:30-9 p.m., at the Pacific Grill Events Center, 1530 Pacific Ave., in Tacoma.

World famous Chef Gordon Naccarato will showcase Pacific Grill's scintillating appetizers, including cheeseburger sliders, "meat candy," and an elegant signature cocktail.

A taste of this year's silent auction items include a Tacoma Rainiers Party Deck for 100 friends; a Phil Mickelson-signed golf bag; a delicious bottle of Leonetti Cellars Merlot valued at more than $100; and several packages dedicated to wine, fun children's items, home and garden, sports and more.

This year, Sizzles attendees can participate in something new: a wine ring toss that features a chance to win bottles of wine valued between $5 and $35, and a raffle for an iPod Nano watch, and a flat screen TV.

Funds raised at Bates Sizzles assist the college's students and programs with scholarships, mini-grants and more.

"This event has grown over the years, from a small sit-down dinner to a very popular, sell-out evening at Pacific Grill," said Mike Combs, foundation board member and chair of the event. "Even more importantly, Bates Sizzles has raised more than $275,000 over its ten-year history to directly support student success at Bates Technical College," he said.

Especially important during today's economic conditions, scholarships play a key role for students enrolled in higher education. At Bates, all students are eligible to apply for the foundation's general scholarships, and others who fit certain criteria can apply for a variety of program-specific scholarships.

Recipients in various career education programs may use the scholarships, which range from $150-$1,250 per student, to help pay for tuition, books, supplies and child care expenses at the college.

Tickets to Bates Sizzles are $60 each or two for $100. Call 253.680.7160 or visit to reserve your tickets and learn more about the event.

About Bates Technical College
Celebrating more than 70 years, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities in 53 career education programs, and serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information, go to, or call 253.680.7000.

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