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January 2017 Check Presentation

Friday, January 27, 2017

On Monday, January 23rd the Foundation presented two special gifts at the District Board of Trustees meeting which was held at the Polk State Center for Public Safety. The first presentation will prove to be a lifesaving gift in perpetuity.  After a genuine and dramatic lifesaving experience, Foundation Board Member, Dr. Alan (Rico) Rich and his wife Linda had a desire to honor the vital work of first responders through establishing a scholarship at Polk State through their fund at the GiveWell Community Foundation.  The $50,000 gift and naming of the EMS laboratories pays tribute to emergency medical responders, technicians and paramedics and the innumerable amount of people they will help throughout their careers.

Pictured from left to right: Greg Littleton, Brent Parrish, Dr. Eileen Holden, Dr. Alan (Rico) Rich, Linda Rich, Teresa Martinez, Dan Dorrell, Mark G. Turner  (Winter Haven, Fla. Jan. 23, 2017. Photo by Tom Hagerty.)

The presentation included a $50,000 endowed EMS scholarships, as well as an additional $2,000 that the Rich’s, through their fund at GiveWell, also supported additional College scholarships and programs.

We are extremely fortunate to live in such a caring county that recognizes the excellent and important educational opportunities the college offers through outstanding faculty and staff. The Foundation thanked the Rich’s, especially on behalf of the students who will benefit from their generosity, for making a transformational gift that will positively impact our community forever.

Additionally, the Foundation recognized the generosity of Kim and Ken Ross.  Dr. Ross retired from Polk State College on January 20th after 8 years with the college. Dr. Ross dedicated his entire career to education and has positively impacted many lives. Kim and Ken began donating to the Foundation before arriving in Polk County in 2008, making their first donation to President Holden’s inauguration in 2007.  Their contributions continued at a leadership giving level which is evidenced by their collective giving of $20,000 over almost 8 years. Kim and Ken will certainly be sorely missed but their contributions will continue to help elevate our community for many more years to come.

Pictured from left to right: Greg Littleton, Mark G. Turner, Dr. Eileen Holden, Kim Ross, Ken Ross, Teresa Martinez, Dan Dorrell  (Winter Haven, Fla. Jan. 23, 2017. Photo by Tom Hagerty.).