A Passion for Learning: Your legacy for Palm Beach County
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Recognizing donors and their contributions to our students and their futures.
English author John Bunyan proclaimed in the seventeenth century that "you have not lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you." While our students may repay us simply by virtue of their achievements, they often do not know who to thank for their ability to pursue higher education and their dreams for tomorrow.
On May 7, the Palm Beach State College Foundation invited those who have contributed to a student's future during the 2018-2019 school year to the Fountains Country Club for an evening of celebration. The event acknowledged donors and the significance of what it means to grant someone an opportunity that may not otherwise be possible. With live music, an interactive presentation from several outstanding engineering students and a chance to socialize with old and new friends, the evening brought a sense of fellowship and Panther pride.
(From L to R, PBSC VP, Institutional Advancement & Foundation Executive Director, David Rutherford; PBSC President Ava L. Parker; PBSC Foundation Chair Emeritus, George Gentile and PBSC Foundation Board of Directors Chair, Ricky Wade)
While our gifts and scholarships look toward the future, one moment celebrated the past. Alumnus of the class of 1973, George Gentile was honored with being named Chair Emeritus for his years of dedicated service as the College's Foundation Board Chair. Current Foundation Board Chair Ricky Wade introduced Mr. Gentile with great respect and a touch of humor, recalling the significance of George's contributions to the Foundation, the College and the Community.
While guests heard distinguished and inspirational words from President Ava Parker, Vice President of Advancement David Rutherford and alumna/Foundation Board member Ashley Tripp, it was Megan Levenberg who captured the essence and emotion of the evening. Though one day later Megan would be graduating with hundreds of fellow students, on this night she stood alone at a podium, sharing a message that epitomized the purpose of what we strive to do: transform lives. One semester away from being forced to abandon her quest to complete her program, Megan found her future again through the generosity of someone who shares the vision of the College and a belief in Megan and students like her. When Megan proudly tells her story years from now as a middle school teacher, there is no doubt that it will bring the same smiles, joy and tears to those who hear it as it did for those of us who heard it.
Overall, the evening demonstrated the power of Palm Beach State and the people who inspire hope for the future, advance the skills of our students and transform the lives of all who walk through our doors.
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.
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.
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.
2017 - 2018 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
COLLEGE PRESIDENT: Ava L. Parker, J.D.
VICE PRESIDENT OF ADVANCEMENT: David Rutherford, M.A., CFRE
Professor Debbie Beres
Palm Beach State College
Vicki Chouris *Alumna*
South Florida Fair & Palm Beach
George T. Elmore
Lori Fischer *Alumna*
Noel Guillama *Alumnus*
Lance C. Ivey *Alumnus*
Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath
Dennis Kanai *Alumnus*
Barbara J. Miedema
Ashley Tripp *Alumna*
Tripp Electric Motors
Carolyn L. Williams
(DBOT Alternate Representative)
Note: These documents are in PDF format, unless stated otherwise.
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.
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
8:00 AM (unless otherwise noted); Smith Conference Room, Eissey campus
February 21, 2018
April 25, 2018
June 20, 2018
July 25, 2018 - (Lake Worth, 3rd floor conference room, Wattenbarger)
Full Board Meetings
Noon – 2:00 PM; Wattenbarger, CBP 103, Lake Worth campus
January 24, 2018
March 21, 2018
May 23, 2018
Investment Committee Meeting
January 31, 2018 - 9:00 AM
Foundation Conference Room (Lake Worth campus)
April 25, 2018 - 9:00 AM
Smith Conference Room (PBG campus)
July 25, 2018 - 9:00 AM (Lake Worth campus)
3rd floor conference room, Wattenbarger
Nominating Committee Meeting
Gift Acceptance Committee Meeting
By-Laws Committee Meeting
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.