April 16, 2013

The School collected more than $100,000 for future student scholarships at the 4th Annual Scholarship Breakfast held on March 20 at the newly remodeled HUB on the UW campus. Author and video game designer Jane McGonigal shared her insights on how video games can make the world a better place with 248 guests that included alumni, faculty, staff, students and long-time friends such as local philanthropists Connie Ballmer, Lynn Pigott Mowe and Bill Gates Sr..

McGonigal, the author of the New York Times best-seller, Reality is Broken, detailed her vision on how to harness the energy, engagement and intelligence of millions of video-game enthusiasts to create real and lasting social change. Read more about her talk in Geekwire, a Portland-based Web publication, which covered the annual fund-raising event.

Norman Johnson (MSW '74), executive director of Therapeutic Health Services emceed the breakfast. Sponsors included the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Casey Family Programs, Regence BlueShield, Era Living, and the National Association of Social Workers-Washington Chapter. Their contributions of $15,000 help to defray costs for the annual event..