Holiday fundraiser benefits Bates students in need

Wednesday, November 27

Chelsea Lindquist | Communications Specialist | Office: 253.680.7106

Kym Pleger | Director of College Relations | Office: 253.680.7102 Cell: 253.459.5219   

The annual event funds a holiday meal for more than 170 students and their families

TACOMA, Wash. - Bates Technical College employees and students will brave cold temperatures during the morning hours of Thursday, Dec. 5 and Friday, Dec. 6 to help raise funds for Bates students in need at the 22nd annual Holiday Meal Drive.

The college's Fire Service program will light up Yakima Avenue from 11th to Earnest S. Brazill streets with ladder and fire trucks, and join volunteers to help canvas the area and collect cash donations from 6:30-10 a.m.

Throughout the two-day fundraiser, Fire Service students will continue the annual tradition of performing push-ups for donations.

For the second year, event organizers have partnered with Fred Meyer to provide one ready-made holiday meal per recipient. Last year, the drive raised more than $10,000, which organizers used to purchase food for about 175 students. 

About Bates Technical College

Founded in 1940, 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 annually in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information, go to, or call 253.680.7000.  

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