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Advancing the College and Community through Philanthropic Giving


Helen M. Salzberg Gallery

Celebration of the Arts

“It’s your heart that makes a difference in the lives of our students.”

President Ava Parker’s words to artist Helen Salzberg are as brilliant as the colorful brush strokes emanating from Helen’s artwork. Palm Beach State’s naming dedication for the Helen M. Salzberg Gallery on October 28 brought a tremendous opportunity to showcase the College, the arts and the power of giving.

The Palm Beach Gardens Eissey Campus is now home to the Helen M. Salzberg Gallery, complementing her scholarship endowment that serves students and elevates the arts program for both College and community. Helen’s opportunity to embark on a lifetime of artistic expression and talent came at a young age. Now, she is providing the same for our students at a time when securing the arts in educational programming is essential.

Boca Campus and Community Welcome New Leadership

The Palm Beach State College Foundation hosted more than 150 guests at the Boca Raton campus Sept. 21 to share its vision, welcome new leadership and recognize the significance of Palm Beach State’s impact on the community for nearly 90 years.

With the selection of Van Williams earlier this year as the new campus provost and dean of student services, the celebration luncheon was the backdrop to formally introduce him to the community and share new goals for the 900-student Boca Raton campus, which was established in 1983.

Guests at the event, chaired by South Florida businesswoman, philanthropist and PBSC Foundation Board member Yvonne Boice, included Palm Beach County Commissioner Maria Sachs; Boca Raton City Council members Yvette Drucker and Andy Thomson; Boynton Beach Mayor Steven Grant; South Florida businesswoman and healthcare philanthropist Christine Lynn; and Troy McLellan, CEO of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce.

Carolyn Williams, vice chair of the PBSC District Board of Trustees, and Trustee Patrice Bishop, were also in attendance for the celebration, which took place at the Countess de Hoernle Humanities and Technology Building, made possible by philanthropic support of the Countess Henrietta de Hoernle  in 2005.

The luncheon also featured inspirational remarks from guest speaker BJ “Buddie” Penn, a former assistant secretary and acting secretary of the Navy and well-known Washington, D.C. area civic leader. Penn recalled his dream of becoming an aviator and developing great leadership skills that have served him throughout a decorated career. He also mentioned the significant people who motivated him over the years, equating this to Palm Beach State’s mission to transform lives.

Given his role as secretary of the National Trust for the Humanities, Penn said he was pleased to learn of the subjects and programs offered by the College.

“I think it’s fantastic that your curriculum also includes the seven humanities which are absolutely essential if we are to continue as a democratic society.”

Standing alongside him, Boice, who is chair of the Trust, spoke about her dedication to promoting humanities and the importance of sustaining such programs.

PBSC President Ava L. Parker, J.D., also shared how the College is impacting Palm Beach County and serving the community even through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“So many of our classes went remote but because we are the leading workforce provider within our community, we didn’t have the option to go 100% virtual,” Parker said. “We had to make sure some of our programs remained open because of our responsibility to our community.”

Williams, who took the helm of the campus June 1, expressed his gratitude toward the College and the community in supporting him in his new role and said he looks forward to developing even more relationships with the Boca Raton community.

“We have to take far more steps toward one another than away,” Williams said.

PBSC and its Foundation have made great strides in taking these steps through philanthropic, individual and community partnerships, serving Palm Beach State students as a catalyst that drives the economic and cultural well-being for all of Palm Beach County.

Excellence in Medical Simulation

A Partnership with the Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation


Changing lives is not easy. But when you’re the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County, it’s your mission.

Palm Beach State College has been sending its medical students to area hospitals for required clinical training for years. However, our local healthcare facilities are not immune to current circumstances. Restrictions now prevent the College from placing students in community hospitals to complete their clinical hours. But a new partnership has brought solutions, enhancing Palm Beach State’s Health Sciences program and impacting healthcare throughout Palm Beach County.

Palm Beach State has partnered with the Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation to expand its Center of Excellence in Medical Simulation. Created in 1997 by the late Frederick DeLuca, co-founder of the global SUBWAY® restaurant chain, the DeLuca Foundation supports health awareness, workforce development and artistic experiences through educational programs. A generous gift from the DeLuca Foundation is launching a 21st century facility with cutting-edge simulators, technology and equipment used in today’s medical industry.

A New Vision for Philanthropic Giving

Frank DiMino's Extraordinary Gift for Medical Innovation


Palm Beach State College’s mission to transform lives does not happen without the incredible partnership of individuals like Frank DiMino, a local resident, longtime entrepreneur and friend of the College. A recent seven-figure gift from the Frank DiMino Family Foundation is thought to be the largest in Palm Beach State’s 87-year history, an unprecedented investment in the future of the College, its students and Palm Beach County.

Panther TRUE Fund

To the Relief of Urgent Emergencies

Panther TRUE Fund

Dear Friends,

The Panther TRUE Fund is providing much needed relief for our students during this extraordinary time. Knowing our community and many of you individually, I have felt the tremendous outreach and concern that has been expressed for our students’ financial stress. Their ability to sustain themselves requires help with food shortages, housing costs, health care and other daily necessities.

We are in this together. Through unity we shall not only persist but also prevail. Together, we can make a TRUE difference.

To the extent that you can help, thank you on behalf of these students we continue to serve.

David A. Rutherford
Vice President of Advancement
Executive Director of PBSC Foundation

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, YOUR GIFT WILL BE MATCHED dollar for dollar thereby doubling the impact of your gift.

Watch the Panther TRUE Fund Video Here



Luiz Padredi and Tony Dungy

Tony Dungy and PBSC President Ava L. Parker, J.D.


STEAM 2020

Feb. 20, 2020
Tony Dungy

Tony Dungy, NFL Hall of Fame coach and New York Times bestselling author, shared his inspirational lessons on life, leadership and fatherhood as Palm Beach State College’s featured guest at its 8th annual STEAM luncheon, presented by Bank of America and moderated by Emmy award-winning sports anchor Keli Ferguson.

“You must lead people not by pushing them but by bringing them with you and making their lives better,” he told a capacity crowd in the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion, transformed into a football stadium thanks to Yvonne Boice, local businesswoman and philanthropist who has been chairing the event since its inception.

During the VIP event, sponsored by Ideabar, Dungy introduced Luiz Padredi, a PBSC student with a 4.0 GPA in biomedical engineering. Padredi wasn't able to continue with his studies until he obtained a scholarship through the PBSC Foundation.

“Wouldn't it be a shame if a 4.0 student couldn’t continue because of finances,” Dungy said. “This is why we’re here.”

PBSC President Ava Parker reminded her 650 guests that PBSC is indeed the heart of Palm Beach County and that STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) initiatives provide scholarships for students in these vital fields.

Tony Dungy’s message reminds us of PBSC’s mission to transform lives and strengthen the community. “It's about the journey - mine and yours - and the lives we can touch, the legacy we can leave and the world we can change for the better.”

James Patterson and PBSC President Ava L. Parker, J.D.

Bestselling author creates scholarship for PBSC students

James Patterson, the world’s bestselling author, is creating a scholarship that will cover the full cost of tuition for Palm Beach State College students.

The Patterson Family Foundation has established scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students at 15 colleges and universities across the United States, but this will be the first to benefit community college students. The James Patterson Presidential Scholarship will fund 32 full-time  scholarships, which will be awarded annually to 16 incoming and 16 second-year PBSC students. While eligibility targets students who have expressed interest in pursuing careers in education, the scholarship will be available to other full-time students as well.

The Gift of Music: Colbert Music Scholarship recipient Christian Villanueva

(From L to R, Chris Colbert, Music Scholarship recipient Christian Villanueva, Dr. Charles Colbert, Ana Thomas & David Rutherford)

When the Golden Age of Swing brought us the Big Band Era of the 1930s and 40s, band leaders such as Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman were shaping the sound of popular music, and Charles Colbert’s own musical journey was just beginning.  Today, at the age of 90, he and his career in music are being honored with the Dr. Charles Colbert Music Scholarship, a gesture from his son Chris, one that impacts the students of Palm Beach State.

Dr. Colbert’s music career has spanned nearly 75 years across several states, from his musical training and education at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music to the Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music to the University of Michigan and music faculty positions at Case Western Reserve University, Morris Harvey College and Heidelberg College in Ohio.

Giving to Palm Beach State College

When you give to the Palm Beach State College Foundation, your gift extends far beyond the dollar amount you give; it builds momentum and grows exponentially. A single scholarship can change an entire family's future. Gifts can expand with matching funds from government and other grant organizations. An endowment can create a new classroom, support faculty, launch a new program or even break ground on a new educational building.

The Palm Beach State College Foundation, Inc., operates under the auspices of the Division of Institutional Advancement and serves as fiduciary, connecting private philanthropy with charitable giving opportunities that advance the College’s mission and strategic plan.

Palm Beach State Mission Statement

Palm Beach State College provides student-centered learning experiences that transform lives and strengthen our community.

Foundation Mission

The Foundation provides value to the College by expanding awareness of and engagement in Palm Beach State while accepting, stewarding and distributing philanthropic gifts in accordance with donors’ wishes.

Foundation Vision

A better, healthier future through equitable education

Palm Beach State’s Foundation

  • seeks private philanthropic gifts and partnerships to further initiatives and opportunities that impact students’ lives and the community
  • is committed to developing relationships with individuals, businesses and community partners, who share in the vision and goals of the College
  • serves the College, its students and the community through scholarships, philanthropic gifts and non-public grant opportunities

Palm Beach State College is the Heart of Palm Beach County

  • Florida’s first public community college, Palm Beach State is the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County with a $1 billion annual economic impact on the County.
  • Serving nearly 50,000 students annually across five campuses, Palm Beach State offers customized training, college credit and career certificate programs, and over 130 bachelor’s and associate’s degrees.
  • Palm Beach State serves over 30% of college-bound high school seniors in area public schools, more than any other institution of higher learning in Palm Beach County.
  • Palm Beach State also empowers students through continuing education, cultural arts and online learning, contributing to the prosperity of Palm Beach County.
  • Palm Beach State graduates serve Palm Beach County in healthcare, emergency and essential workforce services.

Tax-deductible contributions provide

  • Academic & career paths for students
  • Advancements for the College’s most urgent needs
  • Capital improvements for academic, training and new & ongoing programs
  • Economic & workforce development
  • Scholarships for students
  • Support in perpetuity through establishing an endowment fund

2020 - 2021 Foundation Board of Directors


CHAIR: Mr. Ricky Wade - B'ing the Best, Inc.

VICE CHAIR: Noel Guillama *Alumnus* - Guillama, Inc.

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR: George Gentile *Alumnus* - Gentile, Glas, Holloway, O'Mahoney & Associates, Inc. 

TREASURER/INVESTMENT: William C. Greenman, Jr.

SECRETARY: Trish Lowry


Executive Committee




CONTROLLER: Pamela Harrison


Foundation Board Members

Professor Debbie Beres
(Faculty Representative)
Palm Beach State College

Yvonne Boice
National Endowment for Humanities

Vicki Chouris *Alumna*
South Florida Fair & Palm Beach
County Expositions, Inc.

Hermine Drezner
Windrez LLC

George T. Elmore
Hardrives, Inc.

Brent Fykes
CIBC/Atlantic Trust

Pia Giannone
Rotary Club of Boca Raton

Elizabeth Hamma
Hubbard Radio

Lance C. Ivey *Alumnus*
Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath

Julie Kime *Alumna*
Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce

Robert W. (Bob) Koo
Koo Consulting Group, Inc.

Whitney Walker
NextEra Energy, Inc. 

Patrice Bishop
(DBOT Representative)

Melissa Friedman-Levine, MD
(DBOT Representative)


Manda Kotori

Investment Firm:
Merrill, a Bank of America Company

Fabiola Sardinha

Note: These documents are in PDF format, unless stated otherwise.


Check Deposit Form

Data Request Form

Disclosure Form for Conflict of Interest

Gift-In-Kind Donation Form

Request for Check or Purchase Order (xls)

Letter of Determination | Tax-Exempt Certificate


Audit Reports

2020 Foundation Audit Report

2019 Foundation Audit Report

2018 Foundation Audit Report

2017 Foundation Audit Report

2016 Foundation Audit Report

2015 Foundation Audit Report

2014 Foundation Audit Report

2013 Foundation Audit Report


990 Forms

2019 Foundation 990 Form

2018 Foundation 990 Form

2017 Foundation 990 Form

2016 Foundation 990 Form

2015 Foundation 990 Form

2014 Foundation 990 Form

2013 Foundation 990 Form


Conflict of Interest Policy

Disbursement Policy

Gift Acceptance Policy

AFP Code of Ethics

Donor Bill of Rights



2013 Community Report


Palm Beach State College Foundation is a subscriber to the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Palm Beach County.
We follow and believe in the Donor Bill of Rights with respect to the treatment of donors.

All members of the Palm Beach State College Foundation Board of Directors are required to sign an acknowledgment form stating they have reviewed and understand the Sunshine Law and Conflict of Interest Policy of Palm Beach State College Foundation, Inc.

Legal Notice

Foundation Board of Directors
Palm Beach State College

The Palm Beach State College Foundation Board of Directors Executive Committee meetings are open to the public and are held at Palm Beach State College, Eissey Campus, 3160 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410, in the Smith Conference Room. The purpose of these meetings is for the Executive Committee to conduct public business. A copy of the agenda is available at the Foundation Office, Lake Worth campus, Room CRA 200 at 4200 Congress Avenue, Lake Worth, Florida. Any person with a disability requiring auxiliary aid services for this meeting may call the Foundation at 561-868-3450 with their request.

Note: All meetings to be held via Zoom until further notice.

Executive Committee Meetings

Oct. 21, 2020 - 8:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

Dec. 9, 2020 - 8:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

Feb. 17, 2021 - 8:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

April 28, 2021 - 8:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

June 16, 2021 - 8:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

July 28, 2021 - 8:00 a.m.
Lake Worth campus, CBP, 3rd Floor Conf. Room


Full Board Meetings

Sept. 16, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.
Lake Worth campus, CBP103

Nov. 18, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.
Lake Worth campus, CE129

Jan. 13, 2021 - 12:00 p.m.
Lake Worth campus, CE129

March 17, 2021 - 12:00 p.m.
Lake Worth campus, Center for Bachelor’s Programs/103

May 19, 2021 - 12:00 p.m.
Lake Worth campus, Center for Bachelor’s Programs/103


Investment Committee Meeting

Oct. 21, 2020 - 9:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

Jan. 27, 2021 - 9:00 a.m.
Lake Worth campus, CBP, 3rd Floor Conf. Room 321

April 28, 2021 - 9:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

July 28, 2021 - 9:00 a.m.
Lake Worth campus, CBP, 3rd Floor Conf. Room


Nominating Committee Meeting


Gift Acceptance Committee Meeting


By-Laws Committee Meeting


Contact Info

Palm Beach State College Foundation
4200 Congress Avenue, CRA 200
Lake Worth, FL 33461
Phone: 561-868-3450  |  Fax: 561-868-3687

Established in 1973. A 501(c)3 organization.

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