January 2019

Lake Worth, Fla. (Jan. 30, 2019)—Renowned author and Palm Beach resident James Patterson will be the keynote speaker for Palm Beach State College’s 2019 STEAM Luncheon presented by Bank of America.

The 7th annual event, themed “A Conversation with James Patterson: Transforming Lives through Literacy” and chaired by South Florida businesswoman and philanthropist Yvonne Boice, takes place at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Cohen Pavilion in West Palm Beach. Tickets are $150. A table of 10 is $1,500.
During the event, which will be moderated by Television News Veteran Suzanne Boyd, Patterson will discuss more about why reading is vital, as well as his belief that there is no such thing as a person who doesn’t like to read, only people who haven’t found the right book. He’ll also talk about his books, such as the Max Einstein series, that are helping teach children about math and science and career opportunities in the fields.
Classic Bookshop, a Palm Beach bookstore, will also be onsite selling books before and after the luncheon. Patterson will then sign books purchased through the shop after the luncheon. In addition, for a suggested donation of $100, anyone can enter a drawing for a chance to be a character in an upcoming Patterson novel.  All proceeds from the drawing will benefit scholarships and support for students. 
Patterson is the world’s bestselling author, best known for his many enduring fictional characters and series, including Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, Maximum Ride, Middle School, I Funny, and Jacky Ha-Ha.
He’s also known for his philanthropic efforts to promote literacy and education. He’s given over a million books to schoolkids and over $40 million to support education and endowed over five thousand college scholarships for teachers. Locally, he has established after-school reading programs at four Palm Beach County middle schools where as many as 1,000 books have been donated. In addition, he has also supplied books to schools in Palm Beach County, New York City, Los Angeles and Savannah, Ga., well over 400 schools and countless students around the country benefiting from his generosity and vision to foster a love of reading.
Celebrating Patterson’s efforts to boost literacy, PBSC President Ava L. Parker, J.D., said, “We are fortunate to collaborate with Mr. Patterson, an esteemed member of the community, who has distinguished himself through his craft and compassion. His support of some of the country’s most under-resourced schools and youth programs has not only inspired others but also provides opportunities to enhance STEAM learning and initiatives.”
For more information on Patterson, please visit www.jamespatterson.com
Luncheon sponsors are Bank of America, ideabar, CIBC Private Wealth Management, Kaufman Lynn Construction, Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivy & Fronrath, Modernizing Medicine, OXIO Health, Inc., Pratt & Whitney, PNC, Tripp Electric Motors, Hardrives, Inc., Office Depot, McDonald’s Group, Merrill Lynch - Sardinha & Adair Group, 107.9FM and 97.9FM WRMF, Art Hive Magazine, the Palm Beach Post and South Florida PBS.
Boice has chaired the luncheon since its inception. When asked what drives her involvement, she says “If we invest in education, we solve lots of problems. There’s great potential in addition to the quality of education that the College is delivering. People don’t realize what we have. There is tremendous value in what the College gives to the community, especially its workforce development. Palm Beach businesses need to be aware that the College is producing excellent employees.”  
The STEAM luncheon is part of Palm Beach State College’s STEAM initiative, which aims to impact the projected shortage of local, skilled professionals in STEAM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Goals for the initiative include increasing student scholarships, business partnerships, internships and other academic program enhancements to prepare more graduates for these high-wage, high demand positions.
To learn more about opportunities to support the event, call 561-868-3450 or visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/foundation/STEAM.
Serving 49,000 students annually, Palm Beach State College is the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County, providing bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, professional certificates, career training and lifelong learning. Established in 1933 as Florida's first public community college, Palm Beach State offers more than 130 programs of study at locations in Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves.

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