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PBSC raises more than $1,000 for Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County

Members of the PBSC team at the race

A team of 14 Palm Beach State College current and former faculty and staff members raised $1,080 for the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County’s 13th annual LOOP for Literacy race to help ensure that every Palm Beach County resident can read.

The event, held Feb. 11 at Bryant Park in Lake Worth Beach, had more than 500 participants and raised the highest amount in its history at almost $90,000. It was cochaired by PBSC professor Helena Zacharis and Andrew Lowenstein, an attorney with Holland & Knight.

PBSC team members were: Zacharis and her son Stefanos; professor Brian Findley; Learning Lab Coordinator Lana Findley; professor Carrie Thompson; associate professor Catherine Montero; associate professor Rachel McDermott; professor Laura Clouse; adjunct instructor Gabrielle Helo and her father Martin; associate professor Candace Walker; interim associate dean Luli Marx; Learning Lab Coordinator Marc Fedderman; former associate dean Dr. Rob Gingras; Executive Administrative Assistant Anne Zacharis; and Dr. Roger Yohe, vice president of academic innovation and strategy.

Helena Zacharis and Andrew Lowenstein

“I am extremely proud to not only be a faculty member at Palm Beach State College but to work with an organization whose mission is aligned with serving the community through education,” said Zacharis, department chair of College Readiness and EAP on the Boca Raton campus who has served as a coalition board member for over six years. “For over a decade, PBSC has prioritized its commitment to community through its partnership with the Literacy Coalition. As a board member, I experience firsthand how our fundraising, volunteer efforts and participation in various events create a generational impact. Having the opportunity to serve as cochair of the LOOP for Literacy run was not only a lot of fun, but I am so grateful for the generous donations, volunteers and support from our PBSC family.”

Palm Beach State has participated in the LOOP race since its inception.

The Literacy Coalition is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life in the community by promoting and achieving literacy.


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