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April 2014 Check Presentation

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


When the silkiness of sand and the grit of stone and gravel blend together to help form the concrete from which monumental structures are made, it creates the foundation of society – from the highways, airport runways, railways and bridges that smoothly connect us, to the homes, schools and businesses where humanity comes together as a family with a common goal to fulfill their destinies.

The philanthropic-minded people at CEMEX know that, just as combining geological materials creates a strong yet smooth foundation for structures, people joining together to help one another creates strong communities, breathing life into any society and making it blossom to its full fruition.

A global leader in the building materials industry, CEMEX passionately believes in being active in their community. They have been a leader in supporting the social and economic development of their surrounding communities, including an outstanding commitment to education.

At Polk State College, CEMEX has been making a profound difference in the lives of students, faculty and staff for many years, helping Polk students attain their dreams of a college degree and transforming their lives. The company has generously contributed $17,000 to support Foundation events and scholarships, and its employees have enthusiastically contributed their time and talents to the College.

Jenna Emerson, Community Relations Manager for Florida and the Carolinas at CEMEX, expressed how the company is deeply inspired by the stories of students who benefit from donor funds.

“At Foundation events and Board meetings, they always have a student or a few students that get up and share what that money has done for them, and that’s all you need. Because these are real stories – you’re answering their dreams,” she said.

Emerson described how personally those student stories resonated with her, and inspired her in her role of giving back to students.

“Like many of these students, I grew up with a lot of obstacles, and the people in Polk County always led me in the right direction and had confidence in me, and were a great support system. So it’s very meaningful to return here and give back to this community,” said Emerson.  

On April 28, 2014 at a check presentation ceremony at the College’s District Board of Trustees meeting, CEMEX was honored for its exceptional generosity and dedication to Polk State College and its students. Emerson was on hand to accept the honor.

“I feel very fortunate to be part of this organization and this school. As long as we’re in Polk County — for many, many years to come — CEMEX will be contributing to Polk State and the Foundation,” said Emerson.

Brent Parrish, member of the Polk State College Foundation Board of Directors, expressed the gratitude of Polk State College for all that CEMEX has done for Polk and its students.

“Jenna, you have played an important role in directing CEMEX’s philanthropy to help Polk State College students transform their lives through the power of a higher education, and we are most grateful.  On behalf of the District Board, my fellow members of the Foundation Board and the students who ultimately benefit from your generosity, I thank you for today’s check presentation of $17,000 which represents CEMEX’s generous support of the College over the years,” said Parrish.

Pictured left to right:  Brent Parrish, Jenna Emerson, Mark Turner, Dr. Eileen Holden, Greg Littleton, Linda Pilkington, Teresa Martinez and Dan Dorrell.