Pasco-Hernando State College Foundation Board announces their $10 million fundraising campaign in honor of the College's 50th Anniversary.
During the 2022-2023 academic year, Pasco-Hernando State College will begin its 50th year since opening its doors to educate the residents of Pasco and Hernando counties in 1972. Approaching this milestone, the PHSC Foundation is embracing a transformation to embark on a fundraising campaign called Transform Lives and Invest in Tomorrow to provide an influential impact for PHSC students and the community.
"It is our desire to strengthen our society by working alongside our community partners to find solutions to the many challenges we are facing relative to homelessness, economic empowerment, addiction, wellness, and social inequality," said Lisa Richardson, Ed.D., Associate Vice President of Alumni and College Relations/Executive Director of the Foundation.
Seth Mann, Foundation Board Vice Chair, made a motion at the Foundation board meeting held on January 26 to establish the campaign goal at $10 million which was unanimously approved by the board. The campaign already has great momentum as the early phase of preparations to launch a campaign began in January 2019. Over the past three years, $7.7 million has been raised through private donations to support the mission of PHSC.
The Foundation is proud and honored to have three amazing community leaders who accepted the position of campaign honorary co-chairs: local philanthropist Frank Morsani, cardiologist and community leader, Rao Musunuru, M.D., and Florida Senate President and PHSC Alumnus Wilton Simpson.
"PHSC has been positively impacting families and the community, educating over 50,000 graduates in fifty years of service to our district. To honor the College's 50th anniversary, the PHSC Foundation is tackling twin goals -- to raise $10 million dollars to support academic opportunity and to address critical social issues that prevent residents from earning livable wages. Residents facing hunger or homelessness, for instance, can't concentrate on acquiring the skills needed for higher-paying jobs. Consequently, health care providers, manufacturers and businesses can't meet demand without skilled workers," said PHSC President Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D. "The PHSC Foundation goals require significant community support through contributions and collaboration. A successful campaign will result in better educated residents, more stable families and an economy that will support our district's next five decades of progress."
To find out more about how to contribute, visit foundation.phsc.edu.