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Advancing the College and Community through Philanthropic Giving


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

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.


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 Guillema *Alumnus* - Guillema, Inc.

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

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

SECRETARY: Trish Lowry


Executive Committee






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

Elizabeth Hamma
Hubbard Radio

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

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

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

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

Barbara J. Miedema
(DBOT Representative)

Carolyn L. Williams
(DBOT Alternate Representative)


Rock Desjardins

Nicholas Rossi

Antonio Salgado

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

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

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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