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Campaign for new student center garners support

The Chance Family Bookstore in the Standard Process Student Center
Chance Family Bookstore facade

In 2000, Palmer College was presented with the opportunity to build Florida’s first chiropractic college. Together, Palmer alumni, leadership and the City of Port Orange created a beautiful campus in Port Orange, Fla., that continues to grow.

Now, with more than 700 students on a campus built for 500, a third building, the Standard Process Student Center, has been added to the campus. The firstever student center is a place to relax, eat, hold meetings and study. It provides Florida Campus students with an environment that enhances their opportunities to develop into doctors who excel in their field, just like those who came before them.

A capital campaign to help with the costs associated with constructing the new student center has been underway for several months. Due to the generosity of Standard Process Inc., whose gift of $1.5 million helped Palmer College reach the original campaign goal, the dedication and opening of the student center was held in March 2012 during the Florida Campus Homecoming. The new campaign goal is $2.5 million, and at press time, more than $2 million had been raised. Spearheading the campaign is Florida Campus President Peter Martin, D.C. (Davenport ’68), along with campaign co-chairs Michael Chance, D.C. (Davenport ’78), Susan Welsh, D.C. (Davenport ’80), and Frank Gingras, D.C. (Davenport ’75).

Dr. Michael Chance, who with his family have been long-time supporters of Palmer’s Florida Campus in a variety of ways, says, “Because my family has been so impressed with Palmer’s Florida Campus and having such a great chiropractic institution here in our state, we agreed to pledge the money for the bookstore in the new building. In addition, one of my patients donated the money for what is now known as the ‘Dharma Deck.’ Having grown from a class of 42 to a current enrollment of more than 700 in 10 years is just incredible. I am happy to be a witness and to have played a small role in such an amazing transformation.”

Adds Dr. Gingras, “In order for Palmer College to maintain its responsibility as The Trusted Leader in Chiropractic Education, we must invest in the future of Palmer College. Our participation in the capital campaign is the perfect opportunity for each of us. Please join me in supporting Palmer College of Chiropractic's capital campaign.”

An appreciative Dr. Martin says, “During the August 2012 FCA convention, Mr. Kent Greenawalt, CEO of Foot Levelers, put us over the $2 million mark with a generous gift of $200,000 toward the capital campaign. The generosity of corporate donors such as Standard Process and now Foot Levelers, has ensured the success of our campaign and will allow the College and campus to continue to provide those enhancements to campus life that are an integral part of our students’ education.”

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