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Fall Into Greatness: LRMA Celebrates 15 Years

On Exhibit October 8 – December 30

Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art
600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, FL

Fall into Greatness: LRMA Celebrates 15 Years will be the second part of this series commemorating the museum’s anniversary with themed exhibitions that highlights major collectors, favorite works, new acquisitions, rarely seen works, and honors beloved donors. We will also collaborate with renowned local artists featured in the collection. Featured will be some of the greats like Pablo Picasso, Christopher Still, and Leonard Baskin.

Christopher StillSelf-Portrait with Robe, 1984, Oil on Masonite, 36 1/2 x 48 in., Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, St. Petersburg College, From the Gulf Coast Museum of Art Collection, Gift of the Poynter Institute, GC2004.006

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November 28

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

One of the best ways to get involved is by supporting scholarships right here at St. Petersburg College! Double your impact on #GivingTuesday by donating to the First Generation Scholarship Fund and your gift will be matched dollar for dollar by the State of Florida!


Democracy 101: A Civic Action Primer

December 6 at 6-8pm

SPC Midtown Campus
1300 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg, FL

A spirit of activism not seen since at least 2008 is sweeping across America. Motivated by the 2016 election campaign and its outcome, people on both sides of the political aisle are energized to become active in the political process – either to support the policies of the current administration at the national, state or local level, or to oppose them. But how does that work? What can citizens do to make a difference in the political world?

The Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College and the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area  present this free public workshop where attendees will learn the basics of local government structure, policy-making, and civic engagement. Free to attend. Seating limited. Registration required.

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19th Annual Scholarship Luncheon

March 21 at 12-1:30pm

Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park
950 Lake Carllion Dr. Petersburg, FL

Dr. Tonjua Williams and the St. Petersburg College Foundation Board of Directors cordially invite you to the 19th Annual Scholarship Luncheon to celebrate our donors and recognize our students’ success. The Foundation gives a special thanks to RBC Wealth Management for their continued support and sponsorship of this event.

Call (727) 341-3302 for more information

SPC Night at the Trop 2018

April 13 at 7:10pm

Tropicana Field
1 Tropicana Dr, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Join us as the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Philadelphia Phillies for SPC Night at the Trop!

 More information available soon. 




Silverberg Family Reception

St. Petersburg College Foundation Board of Directors, family and friends gathered at the new SPC Bay Pines STEM Center on November 16 to honor the Silverberg Family for their long-time support. Jane Silverberg designated $150,000 earlier this year to name the Community Center at the college’s newest facility.

Jane Silverberg and her late husband Donald have been ardent supporters of St. Petersburg College and created the Silverberg Endowment for Academic Excellence Award in 1982 to help support, enrich and develop programs that benefit SPC, its students, and the broader community. Over the years, the Silverberg family has taken great pride in providing funding for a broad range of projects that enhance the learning experience for students of St. Petersburg College.

Pictured: Jane Silverberg (seated) is joined by members of her family at the SPC Bay Pines STEM Center following a reception to honor Jane and recognize her contributions.

26th Annual Women on the Way Appreciation Breakfast

An “amazing support system”, “a sisterhood” and “the best part of coming back to college” are just a few of the ways WOW participants describe the program. As six-time sponsor of the Annual Women on the Way Appreciation Breakfast, Transamerica understands the impact WOW has on students, their families and the community. The annual event recognizes the dedicated supporters of WOW who have made it possible for the program to grow over the past three decades. During the program WOW participants shared their moving stories and demonstrated how WOW changes lives. WOW Coordinator, Shirley Crumbley thanked all those in attendance for their years of generous support.

Pictured: L to R: Aimee Tesoro Transamerica Senior Director, Sales Support & Customer Advocacy; Steven Shepard St. Petersburg College Foundation Board Member; Shirley Crumbley WOW Program Coordinator

President’s Roundtable Luncheon

The SPC Foundation Board of Directors convened over 30 Foundation donors at the President’s Roundtable Luncheon in June 2017 to welcome in-coming College President, Dr. Tonjua Williams. Dr. Williams provided a state-of-the-college address and shared her vision for ensuring the continued success of St. Petersburg College and its students.

The event also included a presentation of the President’s Circle Award in recognition of the generous support provided by five distinguished donors. Alfred May, Helen Gilbart and Helen Leslie were honored for the significant impact they have had on the lives of SPC students. Dr. Walter and Vivian Schafer were honored posthumously for their support of SPC’s Baccalaureate Nursing Program, with grandson Kurt Schafer accepting the award on their behalf.

Pictured L to R: Alfred May, SPC President Dr. Tonjua Williams, Helen Gilbart, Helen Leslie and Kurt Schafer

Calyx Schenecker Art Infinitum Exhibition

Calyx Schenecker Scholarship recipients (L to R): Sarah Holmes, Gabrielle Cohen and Malik McCain

The first annual Calyx Schenecker Art Infinitum Exhibit at SPC’s Crossroads Gallery opened with a well-attended reception and awards ceremony on May 17, 2017. Pinellas County public and private high school students proudly displayed works of art in all mediums. Gabrielle Cohen, East Lake High School; Malik McCain, Largo High; and Sarah Holmes, North East High, received first, second and third place prizes respectively. All three students were awarded SPC scholarships in recognition of their achievements in visual arts.






18th Annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon

Event sponsor RBC Wealth Management representatives Clark Mason (far left), David Henwood and Miles Green (far right) with student speakers

SPC Foundation donors, partners, students and college leadership celebrated the awarding of more than $1.7 million in scholarships to over 2,000 students during the 2015-16 academic year at the St. Petersburg College Foundation’s 18th Annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon on March 30.

More than 250 guests attended the event, sponsored by RBC Wealth Management and Emceed by Bay News 9’s Veronica Cintron. SPC students, Andrew Holness and Valerie Diaz, moved the audience as they shared their educational journeys with guests.
Offering a donor’s perspective, Terry Brett co-founder of the Patrick Brett Foundation and former Chair of the College Board of Trustees, shared the heart-felt story behind the Foundation he created with wife Kim in memory of their son. The Patrick Brett Foundation funds scholarships for fresh-start students at SPC, giving them a second chance to succeed.

Diaz, who is graduating in May with an A.A., said, “I want to sincerely thank those who have made this all possible. All of the Foundation’s donors along with SPC’s dedicated faculty and staff have given me the opportunity to aim higher and achieve the unthinkable.”

SPC Night at the Trop 2017

SPC Foundation Board Members and friends (right) as well as an excited crowd of SPC students cheered on the Rays who won their first series of the season with a 4-1 victory over the New York Yankees on April 5th. We must be good luck!

The evening kicked off with a check presentation from the Rays Baseball Foundation to fund first generation scholarships at SPC.








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