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A Passion for Learning: Your legacy for Palm Beach County



The Gift of Music

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.  Eventually, a semi-retired Charles would find the swan song of his career in his early 70s as an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State’s Boca Raton campus.

(From L to R, Dr. Charles Colbert, Chris Colbert and Linda Colbert)

“Teaching music appreciation kept his mind active and engaged, providing a life-extending sense of purpose,” recalls Chris about his father’s thirteen years with the College.  “My father has enjoyed a lifelong career in music and has always loved both performing and teaching.  He was fortunate to be able to make a living through music and took great pleasure in inspiring others through music.  We are thrilled that the scholarship that now bears his name has found a home at Palm Beach State.”

Two years ago, his father’s health issue prompted Chris to reflect on the man’s life, career and passion for music.    Inspired by a local and longtime music associate of his father’s, Chris had seen Paul Chaffin, a Lake Worth music store owner and member of the musical community, recognized with a scholarship in his name at Palm Beach State.

“This was an important choice while he’s with us,” recalls Chris, referring to the timing as almost selfish in nature.  “We wanted family and friends to be with him to experience this gift.  And the endowment is something for the future, something that exists of him and will exist beyond him.”  While his mother’s own interest in music and his partner’s nursing degree from the College also helped Chris to settle on Palm Beach State, another significant factor fostered his decision.  “If Palm Beach State students have a need, even a small scholarship can make a huge difference between going and not going to school.  We thought that we could make the most impact here and build a legacy that would provide for students.”

In June 2019, celebrating Charles’s 90th birthday at a family gathering in Ohio, Chris presented his father with a custom-framed letter from Palm Beach State President Ava Parker, announcing the scholarship in his name.  An emotional moment for all, heartfelt tears flowed from the man who has known a lifetime’s harmony of music and family and is now healthier than ever.

Today, Chris’s gift is bringing opportunity to the students of Palm Beach State by establishing the music scholarship, an expression as meaningful as the music itself.  According to Chris, this is a way to give back, especially with parents who always emphasized the importance of education.  “My father is a woodwind specialist; he plays saxophone, clarinet, bassoon, oboe and flute.  As a kid, I was exposed to great music, which was a tremendous gift really.  This is a salute to someone who has been sharing music with so many for so long.”

A universal language that unites people, transcends culture and celebrates diversity, music and its many facets can move us personally, emotionally, spiritually – as powerful as it is comforting in moments of joy or times of strife.  If it’s true that music can change the world because it can change people, it certainly changed Charles Colbert’s life.  Now, the scholarship that honors him is changing the lives of Palm Beach State students through the gift of music.

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.

Our Mission

Why does Palm Beach State College need a foundation?

The College is tax-assisted, not tax supported. Funding from the state has declined from 71 percent of the College's annual budget to about 46 percent.

We seek private support to both maintain and grow the depth and breadth of education the College provides its students.

The role of the Foundation is to develop relationships with community partners, individuals and businesses--who understand the value and contributions a college of this scope and purpose provides.

We then utilize those gifts by linking contributions with the College's most pressing needs.

Your tax-deductible contribution can provide:

  • Scholarships for students
  • Funding for new academic programs
  • Capital improvements for new and ongoing programs
  • Enhancement for the quality of education and student 
    life at Palm Beach State College

To continue our mission we need your support.

The Palm Beach State College Foundation can help with your commitment to the College.

Vision Statement

Provide sufficient funding so every student who wants to attend Palm Beach State College can attend! 

Create a value for learning and self-worth to unite people of all ages and cultures and share the belief they are empowered to shape how they live and grow within their communities.

Case For Support

So Much to Learn--So much to Share

Palm Beach State College: A commitment to excellence
Florida’s first public community college is now the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County, offering more than 130 bachelor’s and associate degrees and career certificate programs.

Serving 49,000 students annually at five campuses, Palm Beach State College is the first step for over 30 percent of the college-bound high school seniors in our county’s public schools, more than any other institution of higher learning. We also build careers for thousands of professionals in our community.

And that’s just the beginning. Palm Beach State is also a leader in continuing education, cultural arts and online learning.

Palm Beach State College is vital to the community.

We provide an affordable, high-quality education for local residents who, in turn, serve and support Palm Beach County’s economic vitality and quality of life -- a win-win for our students and our community.


2019 - 2020 Foundation Board of Directors


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

VICE CHAIR:   Mr. Don Lanman

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

TREASURER/INVESTMENT:   William C. Greenman, Jr. - BNY Mellon

SECRETARY:   Trish Lowry


Executive Committee







Board Members

Professor Debbie Beres
(Faculty Representative)
Palm Beach State College

Yvonne Boice

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

George T. Elmore
Hardrives, Inc.

Brent Fykes
CIBC/Atlantic Trust

Noel Guillama *Alumnus*
(Development Committee Chair)
Guillama, Inc.

Elizabeth Hamma
Hubbard Radio

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


Dennis J. Kanai *Alumnus*
(Audit Committee Chair)

Barbara J. Miedema
(DBOT Representative)

Carolyn L. Williams
(DBOT Alternate Representative)

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

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

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.


Executive Committee Meetings

Oct. 30, 2019 - 8:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

Dec. 11, 2019 - 8:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

Feb. 26, 2020 - 8:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

April 22, 2020 - 8:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

June 17, 2020 - 8:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

July 22, 2020 - 8:00 a.m.
Lake Worth campus, CBP, 3rd Floor Conference Room


Full Board Meetings

Sept. 18, 2019 - 12:00 p.m.
Lake Worth campus, CBP103

Nov. 13, 2019
12 Noon Full Board Meeting, Lake Worth Campus, CE129

Jan. 15, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.
Lake Worth campus, Center for Bachelor’s Programs, Room 103

March 25, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.
Lake Worth campus, Center for Bachelor’s Programs, Room 103

May 20, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.
Lake Worth campus, Center for Bachelor’s Programs, Room 103


Investment Committee Meeting

Oct. 30, 2019 - 9:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

Jan. 29, 2020 - 9:00 a.m.
Lake Worth campus, CBP, 3rd Floor Conference Room 321

April 22, 2020 - 9:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

July 22, 2020 - 9:00 a.m.
Lake Worth campus, CBP, 3rd Floor Conference 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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