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March 2012 Check Presentation

Monday, March 26, 2012

The gorgeous intricacy of a patchwork quilt, showered with vibrant colors, designs and textures, and each detail telling its own unique and meaningful story – that reflects the diverse beauty of humankind and how its many parts blend to create a magnificent whole. It is our mission and passion at Polk State College to represent that glorious diversity and to educate and empower members of our community from every culture, celebrating the unique contributions of each while embracing the elements of humanity we all share.

The Hispanic Club of Lakeland takes tremendous pride in its partnership with Polk State College in this passionate pursuit, working with the College to makes dreams come true for Hispanic students throughout our community.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the 350-members-strong nonprofit organization was formed in 1987 with the purpose of unifying the Latin American community in Polk County. Dedicated to raising funds for education, scholarships, and charitable causes, the Club’s mission is to promote and conserve the Hispanic culture and background, while ensuring the education of the younger generation and the betterment of the community.

The group is also well-known for its annual grand fiesta, the Hispanic Festival of Polk County, which abundantly reflects the wonderful diversity of Polk County. Each October it brings joy, fun and excitement to a crowd of thousands of all ethnicities, races, and ages who come to Lake Mirror to celebrate the many rich Latin cultures through delicious food, high energy music and dancing, visual arts, a parade of flags, and so much more. 

The Club has shown its deep dedication to education through its outstanding philanthropy to Polk State College Foundation. Its recent $10,000 commitment to the Polk State College Foundation for scholarships for Hispanic students will help to transform the lives of countless students through the power of a higher education.

“We saw the need of so many Hispanic students who were at a turning point in life, who were finishing high school but needed a scholarship to achieve their dream of going to college. We saw that if we could just get the ball rolling for those students, they would be able to succeed,” said Eduardo Tapia, Chairman of the Board of the Hispanic Club.

“We feel fortunate to be able to make a difference in the lives of others and give back to our community. We appreciate the opportunities we had, and want to pass those along to future students,” he added.

In a check presentation ceremony on March 26, 2012 at the District Board of Trustees meeting on the Lakeland campus, the Polk State College Foundation gratefully honored The Hispanic Club of Lakeland for its immense generosity. On hand representing the Club was Teresa Martinez, President of the Hispanic Club of Lakeland and Chair of the Polk State College District Board of Trustees.

Teresa and the Club received heartfelt thanks from Anu Saxena, Development Chair of the Polk State College Foundation Board of Directors.

“The Polk State College Foundation is fortunate that the Hispanic Club of Lakeland recognizes the transformational difference education makes in the lives of students.  The Club’s recent commitment for scholarships for Hispanic students will help the dream of a college education become a reality for innumerable individuals. Teresa, on behalf of the Foundation Board, District Board, and the students who will ultimately benefit from your generosity, please accept our tremendous gratitude for your donations to the Polk State College Foundation that makes a meaningful difference in the lives of others,” said Mr. Saxena.

Pictured left to right: Anu Saxena, Dan Dorrell, Linda Pilkington, Teresa Martinez, Dr. Eileen Holden, Mark Turner and Ernie Pinner.