Emcee for the breakfast was Johanna Usma, a reporter/producer for Info Mas at Bright House Networks. Colors were presented by the Seminole County Fire Department. Chaplain Chris Whaley, Seminole County Fire Department, gave the invocation.
Dr. Joe Sarnovsky, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of SSC, gave the welcome.
The spotlight was on the Seminole County Families in Transition Program headed by Beth Davalos. This program works to ensure that homeless families and homeless children enrolled in Seminole County schools have food. Those who attended the breakfast donated canned goods at the door for families in need.
Leadership Academy Class members Daniel Liquori, Caitlin Bowden, Concetta Duren, and Greg Long entertained the audience with the selection, “Feed the Need.” Dr. David Mealor Associate Vice President, UCF-Sanford/Lake Mary, spoke of the community partnerships between SSC and the community.
The audience was treated to a special musical performance by the Seminole State Student Woodwind Ensemble composed of Jesse Strouse, Daniella Powers, Magdiel Estaba, and Aloma Bratek. A video presentation of some of the students who have chosen public safety careers was shown to encourage others to select careers in public safety.
Angela Kersenbrock, Associate Vice President of the School of Careers and Professional Programs, spoke of the success of the programs being offered at SSC, namely medic training, fireman, law enforcement, criminal justice, EMT’s, all of which work together in our community to help citizens when needed.
John Pennington, from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, played a memorial tribute to fallen heroes of Seminole County on the bagpipe. Diversity Champions for 2012 were recognized by SSC Diversity Council Co-chairs, Rachel Braaten and Linda Jenkins.