Philanthropy Panel

A message from Kathleen Plinske, Campus President, Osceola and Lake Nona


Last week, our students in the Honors and REACH programs heard from local philanthropic leaders, including Meredith Bekemeyer from Ronald McDonald House Charities; Pete Edwards, district governor for Rotary; Gloria Niec, executive director of the Celebration Foundation; and Ruth Bowling from Florida Hospital SHARES International.

Our Honors and REACH students are reading “Start Something that Matters,” (Spiegel & Grau, 2012), a book about inspiring others and making a positive impact to start something that matters. This panel discussion allowed students to interact with local leaders and learn how they can make a significant difference in our local community with their service efforts.

Our students are making big plans to work with Meals of Hope, including raising $5,500 to package 25,000 meals for local families in need.

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