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Health Care with a Heart

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

At the May 30th Polk State College District Board of Trustees meeting in Winter Haven, the Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center Auxiliary presented the Board with a $99,000 gift for scholarships.  The donation will honor in perpetuity the important contributions that the Auxiliary made throughout its 50 year history to the hospital, its patients and the community.

In 1966, the Auxiliary started as the Pink Ladies with 75 volunteers and soon morphed to become the Auxilians to also include men.  Over the years they have had between 150 to 300 plus volunteers annually.  Since its inception, it is estimated to have provided the hospital over 2 million volunteer hours in almost every department!  In addition to their time and talent, they have donated significant treasures to improve their hospital and community.  When District Board Member Linda Pilkington discovered they were contemplating where to direct their funds since the organization was dissolving this year, she encouraged them to consider the Polk State College Foundation.

This $100,000 scholarship, thanks to a final $1,000 boost from Mrs. Pilkington, will assist students enrolled in Polk State’s health care programs.  Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Members Cathy Murphy, Wanda Yaeger, Bob Cumiskey, Bonnie Boyd, Barbara Taylor, Phyllis Scheck, Rita Murnane, and Joyce Greenwood were proud to collectively present this vital contribution will help to change and save lives. Polk State College Foundation Board Chair Kevin Ashley expressed his heartfelt appreciation to the Auxiliary for the generous support they had provided to Polk students throughout their history and this major gift, of which its positive impact will have no end.