Seminole County education foundations teeing up to support students

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Written by: Seminole State Staff

Photo courtesy: Topgolf Lake Mary

The Foundation for Seminole State College and The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools are teaming up for a golf event next year that will benefit both of their missions of supporting education in Seminole County. Tee it Up Together will take place at Topgolf Lake Mary on April 4, 2022.

With the support of local businesses and individuals, each year the foundations raise nearly $8 million to support education efforts in our community.

The global COVID-19 pandemic changed normal life and forced drastic changes to education. Despite the pandemic, both foundations continued their missions of making education a priority by removing barriers to learning, improving student performance, investing in educators and providing the best learning experiences.

“Joint philanthropy is rare, and this new event is perfect to bring supporters of Seminole County Public Schools and Seminole State College together in a fun, unique day of golf,” said Dr. John Gyllin, vice president of Resource and Economic Development and executive director of the Foundation for Seminole State College. “What an exciting opportunity to support the educational system in Seminole County.”

“We’re excited to see our community join together for this one-of-a-kind golf event that is set to be a premier event in Seminole County,” said Jean Vansmith, executive director of The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools.  “And the best part is that all funds raised will support students from early learning through higher learning.”

In the spirit of coming together, Addition Financial and Insurance Office of America, longtime supporters of both foundations, will continue as Presenting Sponsors of the new event.

“Insurance Office of America is excited to be a part of such a wonderful event that supports education,” said Heath Ritenour, chairman and CEO of Insurance Office of America. “IOA is a generational business therefore investing in the education for the future generation is one of our strongest passions.”

“Addition Financial is pleased to sponsor the Tee It Up Together golf event, which brings together two of our incredible partners, said Kevin Miller, president and CEO of Addition Financial. “By supporting education and working alongside Seminole State College and Seminole County Public Schools, we can help shape a positive future for our community.”

To learn more about Tee it Up Together or to get involved, visit

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About the Foundation for Seminole State College

The Foundation for Seminole State College, founded in 1968, is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation that enhances the College's programs and services through the development and management of private contributions, public grants and community partnerships. For more information, visit or email the Foundation directly at

About the Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools

As Seminole County Public Schools direct-support charity, The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools has raised a total of $40 million to help ensure that today’s students become tomorrow’s productive citizens. We fund priorities of the school district in the following areas: improving student achievement, investing in our educators, and removing barriers to student learning. By supporting The Foundation, you help build a brighter future for our students and for our community! For more information, call 407.320.0180 or visit