The check was large—literally. So big in fact that those in attendance—FSU Dean of Students Victoria Dobiyanski, Dean of Undergraduate Studies Karen Laughlin, General Mills employee Scott Nevitt and Vice President for Student Affairs Amy Hecht—all lent a hand to support it.. Just as the General Mills Foundation, and many other individuals and organizations, recently lent a hand to the Florida State community and have truly made a big impact.
Driven by the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Michael, the FSU Foundation created two relief funds that will not only help students, faculty and staff impacted by the storm, but by future emergencies as well.
Seminole community members answered the call for assistance and made more than 400 gifts totaling more than $150,000 to both the Seminole Emergency Relief Fund and the Seminole Emergency Relief Fund – Panama City. Several organizations contributed large gifts to kick off the fundraising efforts, including Helios Education Foundation, Alfred I. duPont Foundation, St. Joe Foundation and the Atlantic Coast Conference.
In the months since Hurricane Michael, Florida State University has been able to help 138 students and 75 employees, both at the main campus in Tallahassee and in Panama City.
“We were overwhelmed with the outpouring of support for our Seminole community members in need,” said Thomas W. Jennings Jr., Ph.D., president of the FSU Foundation and vice president for advancement at Florida State University. “We now have the ability to help faculty, staff and students not just affected by Hurricane Michael, but those in the future experiencing temporary financial hardship.”