Large gifts from college alumni often come with strings attached. The giver might want his or her name on a plaque or building or some other form of monument, and that’s fine. It’s a way to stroke egos while doing the institution some good. Ted Zacher, recent donor of $432,000 to the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation, may yet get his name on something and deserve it, but clearly ego gratification is not his motive. His donation is unrestricted, and meant mainly to give students the same opportunity he enjoyed. “This is an opportunity for you to use that money to help other students that really want to get an education,” Zacher told WVC Foundation Executive Director Stacey Lockhart. “This is an opportunity for those students who live here to go to school.”
The creation of opportunity — a gift that can bring benefits for a lifetime. Zacher knows the effect. He grew up on a Dryden orchard, son of immigrants. He graduated from Wenatchee Junior College in 1942, and went on to the University of Washington, Harvard and a long and successful career in the fruit industry.