SCF Foundation Board Members Beat Brain Bowl Team at Giving Challenge “Pep Rally”

(Bradenton, Fla., August 31, 2015) -- Members of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s (SCF) championship Brain Bowl team were bested by the SCF Foundation Board of Directors in a battle to see which group knew more about the College and its students. The challenge, held Friday afternoon at SCF Bradenton, was part of the SCF Foundation’s efforts to build excitement for the Community Foundation’s Giving Challenge, slated for Sept. 1 and 2.

SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld and 11 SCF Foundation board members, including three who participated from SCF Venice via Lifesize technology, took on the SCF Brain Bowl team, who were joined by SCF Foundation Executive Director Cassandra Holmes and Bill Murphy, husband of SCF President Probstfeld. Moderated by Brain Bowl Coach Cristina Dwyer, questions were taken from the Foundation’s Inspire Magazine and the SCF Fact Book, and included queries about the male/female ratio of the student body, most popular degrees and other trivia. The board answered 13 questions correctly versus only 11 accurate responses on the part of the students.

The Foundation Board members also earn high marks for their fundraising efforts to help students. All 14 directors either personally contributed or secured promises for more than $7,000 in pledges to kick off the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s Giving Challenge when it begins at noon Tuesday. Their participation in the Brain Bowl also puts SCF in the running for the Community Foundation’s Board Engagement grant.

“I want to personally thank the Foundation’s Board for their valiant effort in the Bowl -- and, even more so, for their contributions of money, time and effort in securing scholarships for our students and enhancements to SCF buildings and programs that would not otherwise be possible,” Dr. Probstfeld said.

“We hope that our friends in the community, including our robust alumni population, also will help support SCF with a gift during next week’s Giving Challenge.”

The Community Foundation, in partnership with The Patterson Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation and the Herald-Tribune Media Group, sponsors the Giving Challenge as a service to donors, nonprofits and the community. This year The Patterson Foundation will match all new donors to the Challenge, up to $250. In 2014, the SCF Foundation earned $35,000 from the Challenge, an amount they hope to at least match this year.

“At the SCF Foundation, we direct our donors’ generous gifts to support State College of Florida’s programs with a focus on ensuring that our outstanding students with the resources they must have to succeed,” Holmes said.

“The Foundation will use the money raised by the Challenge and other donated funds to set up scholarships and help students with immediate needs like books, equipment and even bus fare to and from the campus, among other needs. As little as $25 – the cost of a stethoscope for a nursing student –   can help set a student on the path to achievement.”

According to Holmes, the Foundation recently issued emergency funding to a first-year student who was financially unable to purchase a book required for a class. “He was just so grateful for the assistance,” Holmes said. “It truly meant the difference between success and failure in his first college experience.”

To contribute to the SCF Foundation during the 24-hour Challenge, which begins at noon Sept.1, go to and follow the link from the homepage. Donations also can be made to the Foundation throughout the year.

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