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December 2019 Check Presentation

Monday, December 2, 2019


Winter Haven, Fla. Dec. 2, 2019. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

At the December 2019 meeting of the District Board of Trustees, CenterState Bank was honored for its support of Polk State Foundation and the students of Polk State College.   

Brent Parrish, Chair of the Foundation Board of Directors, introduced the company and its generous gift. He noted that CenterState’s values focus on the local market, the long term, providing world class service, relationships, and faith and family.  CenterState Bank’s dedication to the communities it serves is reflected through the passionate way its employees give back to their communities.  The relationship between the College, Foundation and CenterState has been a prime example of this.  Recognition was given for a $122,322 collective gift from CenterState Bank.    

Special appreciation was bestowed to Executive Chairman Ernie Pinner for both his great works on the College’s behalf and for shepherding this generous giving through CenterState.  In addition to the innumerable students’ lives that have and will continue to be elevated through this selfless giving, the College expressed a tremendous amount of gratitude to Distinguished Alumni Ernie Pinner.  Mr. Pinner offered equally selfless, strong, sound, and steadfast leadership and service on the District Board of Trustees for fourteen years from 1999-2013.  CenterState Bank and Mr. Ernie Pinner have left an indelible mark on the College and Foundation that will help transform lives through the power of a Polk State College education in perpetuity.