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April 2012 Check Presentation

Monday, April 23, 2012

Paint, wood and concrete. Sitting quietly in a warehouse, they are modest, vague and unformed, their amorphous nature providing far more questions than answers. But when human beings envision the possibilities inherent in those raw materials, infusing them with imagination, hard work, heart and soul, they transform into a fantastic structure — something solid, meaningful and beautiful. And when individuals and organizations, with purpose and determination, breathe vitality into that structure with a powerful mission to fulfill within its walls, that’s when it truly comes alive.

Gary Boyer, owner of Boyer Building Corporation, has seen this process happen before his eyes countless times. And when he saw something very similar unfolding at Polk State College, he was deeply inspired to become part of that life-altering force.

Gary and his wife Naomi, who is the Assistant to the Vice-President, Special Projects at the College, both know that so many students begin with the raw materials of their potential – but only with people nurturing, caring about them, and giving them educational opportunities, can they soar into something magnificent. And they have discovered how Polk State College, with the work of thousands of passionate and committed helping hands and giving hearts on a constant quest to provide students with the educational resources they need to blossom, has grown phenomenally to a world class institute of learning.

Witnessing the exciting, growing offerings at Polk State and the tremendously positive impact the College makes on innumerable lives, as well as the world class events the Foundation presents, the Boyers quickly became generous donors. Reaching deeply into their hearts and wallets, they have committed $20,000 to the Polk State College Foundation, for which Polk State College Foundation is enormously grateful. The Foundation is especially excited that Boyer Building Corporation has chosen to become the title sponsor for 2012 of the Third Annual Wine for Wisdom event, after Gary and Naomi attended the black-tie affair for the first time in 2011, enjoying it to the fullest. Their generous contribution also represents a significant gift to the Summer Robotics Program, as well as a sponsorship of the William N. Ryan Memorial Golf Classic.

“It’s very gratifying to take on something as meaningful, exciting and fun as Wine for Wisdom. Tracy Porter, her Team, and the Host Committee do a wonderful job with it, and we’re very pleased to be the title sponsor. Polk State has a lot of exceptional people, and they have initiatives that are very worthwhile,” said Gary.

“We’ve been very fortunate and blessed in a difficult economy, and it means so much to give back to students. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today without an education. Everyone should have access to an education regardless of socioeconomic status,” he added.

In a check presentation ceremony on April 23, 2012 at the District Board of Trustees meeting on the Winter Haven campus, the Polk State College Foundation gratefully honored Boyer Building Corporation for its immense generosity and dedication to the College. Kevin Ashley, who serves on the Polk State College Foundation Board of Directors, expressed heartfelt thanks to Gary and Naomi and the Boyer Building Corporation.

“Gary and Naomi, on behalf of the Polk State College District Board of Trustees, my fellow members of the Foundation Board, and the students who will ultimately benefit from your generosity, thank you so very much for your passion, dedication, and generosity that will forever transform lives at Polk State College,” said Mr. Ashley.

Pictured left to right:  Dan Dorrell, Linda Pilkington, Matt Johnson, Ernie Pinner, Dr. Naomi Boyer, Gary Boyer, Dr. Eileen Holden, Teresa Martinez, Mark Turner, Rick Garcia and Greg Littleton.