Golden Apple Awards

Since 1998, ISF has presented its Golden Apple Award to recognize individuals in our community who touch the lives of our children – either through their financial support, volunteerism, business or community efforts. In 2004 a Corporate Golden Apple Award was added to recognize the sponsor of the Annual Luncheon whose generosity makes it possible for donations raised during the Luncheon to go directly to supporting the work of the Foundation. If you wish to nominate someone for the Community Golden Apple Award, or are interested in sponsoring the Luncheon, please contact the Foundation.


Our 2016 Community Golden Apple Recipient: Cornell Atwater

Cornell Atwater- 2016 Golden Apple Recipient

The Issaquah Schools Foundation is proud to present the 2016 Golden Apple award to communitarian and business owner Cornell Atwater.

As the owner and director of the only Washington branch of Learning Rx, Cornell’s mission is to help children and adults strengthen the brain and build the mental skills to make learning easier, faster and more efficient. She is well known and regarded for her work and management of Learning Rx.

Perhaps more importantly though, is the service for which we recognize Cornell. Beginning when her children were very young, Cornell served on the Children’s Garden Board and with the Girl Scout Board of Directors. She served on committees at her children’s schools, fundraised for education, and continues to serve on three local Chamber of Commerces.

Cornell is a current member of the Rotary Club of Issaquah – helping in many capacities, with a focus on working with Issaquah High School students in overseeing community service projects.  She has been a member of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce for many years, most recently serving as chairperson for the Education Committee.  It is in this specific capacity that the Foundation highlights Cornell’s direct service to our students.

On the Chamber Education Committee, Cornell has led the efforts for the past three years for the Great Careers Conference – a collaboration between the Issaquah School District, the Issaquah Schools Foundation, the Issaquah business community, and our local technical colleges.  Through these efforts, students participated in a one-day conference each year, geared to help those who may have interest in an alternative path to a 4 year college degree.  Students have met with and listened to speakers from throughout the Seattle area who have pursued and succeeded in careers ranging from apprenticeship trades to auto mechanics, florists to cosmetology, culinary arts to game design, and everything in between. Her leadership has provided hundreds of students with a connection and a reason to stay engaged in high school.  She is making a difference in the lives of students and also in the future of our work force.

The Foundation is proud to present this award to Cornell Atwater for her leadership and mentoring, her strategic vision for our community, her financial support to education and the community, and for her ‘boots on the ground’ efforts. Our community and the students and families within it, are better off because of her direct and varied involvement.



Swedish Hospital and Microsoft are the 2016 Golden Apple Luncheon Sponsors

Swedish Medical Center       Microsoft

Overlake Hospital and Shelter Holdings are the 2016 Golden Apple Breakfast Sponsors


Please join us in applauding Swedish Medical Center of Issaquah, Microsoft , Shelter Holdings,  Overlake Hospital of Issaquah, and all of our Nourish Every Mind corporate sponsors. Their generous gifts mean that every dollar contributed by Luncheon and Breakfast attendees will be applied to Foundation programs and pressing District needs.

Past Recipients:

2015 Community Golden Apple – Kelly Munn
2015 Corporate Golden Apple – Microsoft, Swedish Medical Center and Overlake Hospital

2014 Community Golden Apple – Vicki Hoffman
2014 Corporate Golden Apple – Microsoft, Swedish Medical Center and Overlake Hospital

2013 Community Golden Apple – Kevin and Elizabeth Brown
2013 Corporate Golden Apple – Microsoft and Swedish Medical Center

2012 Community Golden Apple – Barb De Michelle
2012 Corporate Golden Apple – Microsoft and Swedish Medical Center

2011 Community Golden Apple – Connie Fletcher
2011 Corporate Golden Apple – Microsoft and Swedish Medical Center

2010 Community Golden Apple – Gordon Brown
2010 Corporate Golden Apple – Microsoft and Swedish Medical Center

2009 Community Golden Apple – Karen Ridlon, Eastside Baby Corner
Because of the change in the timing of our events, there was no Nourish Every Mind Luncheon in 2009, so no 2009 Corporate Golden Apple Sponsor.

2008 Community Golden Apple – Rob Outcalt
2008 Corporate Golden Apple – Overlake Hospital Medical Center

2007 Community Golden Apple – Howard and Amy McComber, Community Advocates
2007 Corporate Golden Apple – Swedish Medical Center

2006 Community Golden Apple – Judy Brewer, Community Advocate
2006 Corporate Golden Apple – Overlake Hospital Medical Center

2005 Community Golden Apple – Lesley Austin, Community Advocate
2005 Corporate Golden Apple – Swedish Hospital and Medical Center

2004 Community Golden Apple – Leo Finnegan, Life Enrichment Options, Rose House
2004 Corporate Golden Apple – Skip Rowley, Rowley Properties

2003 Community Golden Apple – Marty Budzius, Jim Berry

2002 Community Golden Apple – Dr. Sherwin and Jerri Shinn, The Smile Power Foundation

2001 Community Golden Apple – Skip Rowley, Rowley Properties

2000 Community Golden Apple – Steve Bell, Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

1999 Community Golden Apple – Tom O’Keefe, Tully’s Coffee

1998 Community Golden Apple – Mary Pigott, Satterberg Foundation