Thank you everyone for helping make Canopy’s Bloom Lunch a fabulous event!

We gathered for a truly remarkable event on a beautiful sunny day – an occasion filled with celebration, camaraderie, and a shared vision of changing the world through education and leadership. Here are some highlights of this exceptional event…

Capturing Memories with the Step and Repeat:
As guests arrived, they were greeted by a vibrant step and repeat backdrop filled with the logos of the Canopy Scholars partners. These pictures captured some of the spirit of the event and the sense of community that permeated it.

Bloom Mixer Canopy Scholars

A Fun Mixer Hosted by the YMCA:
Building connections was at the heart of the lunch. To kick things off, the YMCA led a fun ice-breaking mixer that served as a great way for the Shoreline community to get to know their neighbors.

Canopy Lunch Mixer by YMCA
Bloom 2023 food
Culinary Delights: Eritrean and Ethiopian Cuisine:
Canopy families created Eritrean and Ethiopian dishes – injera, himbasha, doro wat, misir wat, and tibs, all part of their vibrant culture. Every bite was a journey of flavors and a celebration of culinary diversity, reminding us that breaking bread together can bridge cultural divides.

Honoring the Founder: Dr. Rose Madrid Swetman:

“If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased.” – Maya Angelou

During the event, Lynn Newcombe, Executive Director, along with the Student Leadership Team, presented The Canopy Scholars Legacy Award to Dr. Rose Madrid Swetman. Her vision and courage in founding this organization continues to make a lasting mark on the world. Rose gave Canopy Scholars its roots, and her legacy is a new generation of leaders already changing the world.

Canopy honoring Dr. Rose Madrid Swetman

Leadership Awards: Celebrating Canopy Scholars Tutors:
The Bloom Benefit Lunch also provided an opportunity to recognize the invaluable contributions of Canopy Scholars’ tutors. Five outstanding individuals were honored with Leadership Awards for their exceptional dedication and mentoring skills. These tutors have played a pivotal role in shaping the lives of Canopy Scholars’ students, empowering them to overcome challenges and achieve their full potential. Their commitment serves as a testament to the transformative power of education and mentorship.

This event was an experience of community, celebration, and inspiration. In the forest, a canopy is formed by different species of trees growing together to create a place of shelter for young trees to thrive. We were encouraged by Annie Gage, a family advocate with Shoreline Schools, to come together, like a canopy, to surround and support the work of Canopy Scholars for underserved students.

We invite you to be part of our Canopy community!