SCF Foundation Music Sponsorship Program Hits High Note

(Bradenton, Fla., May 26, 2016) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Foundation has launched a music excellence sponsorship for SCF’s most talented music students.

Tom and Carol Beeler, music and theater aficionados of Sarasota and Michigan, helped create the new sponsorship after Dr. Carol Probstfeld, SCF president, invited them to a concert at SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center. The Beelers were so impressed with the talented students at SCF they started a sponsorship program, contributing $10,000 and challenging others to contribute as well.

The Beelers said they were inspired to donate and challenge others to do the same because of the “talented and motivated students and faculty at SCF.” Carol Beeler said they also saw an opportunity to really make a difference at a school where there was a need.

SCF’s Music Excellence Sponsorship program strives to sponsor 12 music students each year, including a “Presidential Quartet” of two violinists, a violist and a cellist; Section Leaders chosen from musical theater and choral students, a soprano, alto, tenor and bass; SCF Jazz Trio, made up of students who play trumpet, saxophone and piano; and a piano student.

Supporters of the Music Excellence program receive complimentary tickets to more than two dozen SCF music performances with premier seating; a dinner social with Dr. Probstfeld; a student button to wear at all events; and four classroom experiences with the students in the Fall and Spring semesters. Donors also receive recognition in the Foundation’s Inspire magazine, as well as in all of SCF’s music playbills.

 A full music student sponsorship through the SCF Foundation is $5,000 a year for two years. Co-sponsorships also are available at $2,500 a year and $1,250 a year, each for two years.

For more information or to donate, contact Cassandra Holmes, executive director of SCF Foundation, at 941-752-5389 or

About State College of Florida’s (SCF) Foundation

SCF Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, supports the mission of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. The Foundation raises funds and acts as an ambassador for SCF’s students, donors and alumni. The Foundation gives out more than $1 million in student scholarships annually and provides financial support for programs, faculty, technology, equipment and capital for the College. For more information, visit or call 941-752-5390.

SCF President Dr. Carol Probstfeld, Carol Beeler, Tom Beeler and Cassandra Holmes, executive director SCF Foundation.

SCF President Dr. Carol Probstfeld, Carol Beeler, Tom Beeler and Cassandra Holmes, executive director SCF Foundation.




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