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September 2011 Check Presentation

Monday, September 26, 2011

Everyone needs a place to hang one’s hat, to feel enveloped by the comfort, security, humanity that only a home can provide. Responding to that fundamental longing are the big-hearted people at Lakeland Habitat for Humanity, who pour every ounce of their generosity, love, and pure sweat into creating that feeling of peace and stability for their fellow human beings.

Devoted to renovating or building simple, decent, affordable housing, and to the broader issue of making decent shelter a matter of community conscience and action, Habitat understands that only with the constancy of a real home can families truly devote attention to those things that allow individuals and communities to blossom and thrive: jobs, education, health, and personal fulfillment.  

And this faith-based nonprofit group of dedicated professionals, volunteers and future homeowners is just as passionate about supporting this continued growth of its Habitat families as it is about putting a roof over their heads. The majority of Habitat children aspire to elevate themselves with a higher education, and Habitat has played a huge part in fulfilling their dreams with its partnership of philanthropy with Polk State College. By donating $60,000 to the Polk State College Foundation since 2001 for scholarship funds for which Habitat family members are eligible, Habitat has powerfully impacted countless lives throughout the community.

In a check presentation ceremony on September 26, 2011 at the District Board of Trustees meeting on the Lakeland campus, the Polk State College Foundation gratefully honored Lakeland Habitat for Humanity for their immense generosity. On hand to accept the honor were Lakeland Habitat for Humanity President Larry Maron and Vice President Diretta Wilcox. They received heartfelt thanks from Anu Saxena, Development Chair of the Polk State College Foundation Board of Directors.

 “Larry and Diretta, on behalf of the Foundation Board, District Board, and the students who ultimately benefit from your generosity, please express our tremendous gratitude for your donations to the Polk State College Foundation that make a further meaningful difference in the lives Habitat family members,” said Mr. Saxena. Pictured left to right: Linda Pilkington, Anu Saxena, Larry Maron, Diretta Wilcox, Mark Turner, Dr. Eileen Holden, Greg Littleton, Teresa Martinez, Dan Dorrell and Ernie Pinner.