Harkness Cares About the Community
As a member of the community, Harkness Furniture is dedicated to being a good community citizen. As such, we regularly donate to a number of nonprofit organizations and charitable agencies. Following is just a small list:
- Donations to: Emergency Food Network, Martin Luther King Shelter, Tacoma Rescue Mission, Operation NightWatch, Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, and Cascade Christian School.
- Numerous cash and merchandise donations to local shelters and food banks.
- We are the host site for the annual Tacoma South Rotary Mini Golf Tournament; which last year raised over $10,000 towards the Tacoma Boys and Girls clubs and Emergency Food Network.
- Founding board member for the Tacoma South Rotary which supports Clover Park V.O.C., Mount Tahoma High and Tacoma Boys and Girls Club with sponsorship funds. Rotary supports South Tacoma schools and local programs.
- Used furniture donations to Home Start Homeless Shelter and numerous homeless/abuse centers.
More than 150 guests gathered in Clover Park Technical College’s McGavick Conference Center last week for the 13th Annual Scholarship Celebration Dinner, as scholarship recipients and donors shared their stories and raised $50,000 to help support CPTC students in the future.
The CPTC Foundation hosts a scholarship banquet each year, inviting donors to campus to meet with the students whose lives have been changed by scholarships. Guests enjoyed a dinner catered by CPTC’s Culinary Arts program and had a chance to hear from one of the event sponsors, a scholarship recipient and donor, and a college alum.
"This money, which to you and me might seem to be a small amount that doesn’t severely impact our lives, makes a significant difference in people’s lives who might not be able to attend Clover Park without that assistance," CPTC Foundation Board Member Dave Harkness said in a video message. "It actually does change lives."
Scholarship recipient Computer Networking & Information Systems Security student William Paulson proved that point, as he shared his story and the challenges he’s overcoming to earn an education and prepare for a career. He explained that he was very nervous to stand in front of a room of people and speak about the areas of life where he had failed, but that his story was bigger than him.
"This is not a story of individual shame and misery; this is a story of community, of gift and gratitude," Paulson said. "This is a story of a person becoming humbled enough to look for help and a story of all of the outstretched arms that were found, willing and welcoming. My story, which was once a nightmare, is now part of a celebration."
Since 2005, the CPTC Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to students. The Foundation provides more than $100,000 in scholarships annually and also provides emergency assistance and supports emerging needs at the college. Nearly 400 students have received assistance through the Foundation in the past year. During the event, Foundation Executive Director and CPTC Vice President for Strategic Development Dr. Tawny Dotson noted the 15 dedicated civic leaders who serve as volunteers on the Foundation Board and offered special recognition to Board Members Ty Cordova and Steve Crosby for their service to the organization.