We’re keeping you ConnectED – November 2022

HEF Opens a New Center at King High School

HEF is excited launch a new college and career readiness center at King High School, thanks to funding from Gopher Resource, United Way Suncoast and Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.

The financial support will allow HEF to provide high school students with one-on-one college and career planning and help with admissions and financial aid applications as well as career, technical and workforce pathways.

Read more about the memorable event in this month’s newsletter!


November connected

“I never, not one time in my life growing up, saw a book with a black or brown child in it,”

– Leola Williams Butler, Brian’s mom

Vistra Communications Donates $10,000 in Books

Vistra Communications CEO Brian Butler and his wife, Executive Vice President and HEF Board Member, Maureen Butler, are huge education advocates in our community.

As part of their company’s 15th anniversary celebration, they donated $10,000 in books to HEF through Diversify the Classroom in honor of their parents.

Learn more about how your donations benefit Hillsborough County Public Schools students and teachers in November’s newsletter.

Donor Spotlight: Chris Prentiss

Our work doesn’t happen without the generosity of our donors. That’s why we dedicate a section in our monthly newsletter to showcase the individuals and companies making our mission possible.

This month, we are featuring Chris Prentiss!

Chris first learned about HEF through his employer, Citi, a longtime HEF supporter for the past two decades. Citi encourages employees to give back to our community, not just financial resources, but also their time. Chris felt inspired to become a mentor through our Take Stock in Children mentoring program.
“My hope is that others may benefit from the lessons I’ve learned over time (especially from the mistakes I’ve made), so I’m happy to provide that perspective,” Chris said. “We strive to make an impact, no matter the size, on people and/or processes that otherwise would not benefit from what we provide.”