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Foundation for Seminole State College recognizes donors at Annual Celebration of Giving

Harriett's Theatre

The Foundation for Seminole State College marked the end of its three-year comprehensive campaign with its annual Celebration of Giving on August 30, 2016. Highlights of the evening included the dedication of Harriett’s Theatre and the presentation of the first Norm Lewis Musical Theatre Scholarship.

The comprehensive campaign was the Foundation’s first and exceeded its goal by more than $1.5 million for a total raised of $13.553 million. Celebration of Giving provided an opportunity to recognize the campaign’s many donors and longtime supporters of Seminole State College.

“Through this campaign, we have doubled Foundation assets and experienced all-time highs in event proceeds, employee giving, and scholarship funds awarded to students,” said John Gyllin, Executive Director of the Foundation for Seminole State College. “The support from our donors and friends has been impressive during this campaign.”

“The generosity of our donors during the campaign provides an incredible foundation of support for the next 50 years of Seminole State College,” said Seminole State College President E. Ann McGee. “We thank each donor for investing in the future of the College and our students and helping create a lasting legacy.”

Highlights of the event included:

  • Norman and Jean Gould were presented with a special painting by Giuseppe Corazzina to honor their donation of 10 acres of land and 80,000 square feet of building space valued at $4.1 million. This is the largest single gift in the College’s history.
  • Central Florida philanthropist and arts supporter Harriett Lake was recognized for her donation of $500,000 for theatre renovations and scholarships for theatre students. The College’s Black Box Theatre was renamed in her honor and the new signage for Harriett’s Theatre was unveiled.
  • Florida Hospital received the Corporate Champions Award in recognition of its ongoing support of the College and its nursing program. As part of the comprehensive campaign, Florida Hospital donated $1 million to the nursing program, surpassing $2 million of cumulative support.
  • Broadway star, television actor, and Seminole State College alumnus Norm Lewis presented the first Norm Lewis Musical Theatre Scholarship to freshman musical theatre student Allyssa Wilson following her performance of “No One Knows Who I Am” from Jekyll and Hyde. The scholarship is one of 52 new scholarships that have been created as a result of the comprehensive campaign.

Caleb Hylton, President of Seminole State’s Sanford/Lake Mary Student Government Association, praised the evening’s honorees and campaign donors.  Caleb received scholarships while earning his Associate of Arts degree and is returning to earn his bachelor degree in Information Systems Technology.  “I am here tonight as just one person, but I am representing thousands of students whose lives have been changed because of each of you.”

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