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March 27, 2014 | Events

Jeb Bush Appearance at Rollins College Sponsored by Foundation

As part of its continued effort to make Central Florida a better place for all of its citizens, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation sponsored Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s appearance at the Winter Park Institute’s Ideas in Residence program on March 20, 2014. The governor participated in a full schedule of events, starting with a panel discussion for Rollins College political science students. The group had the opportunity to speak about politics and current events with Bush, who engaged in spirited discussions with the undergraduates.

A group of more than 200 guests, including Rollins College leaders and alumnae, political leaders and distinguished members of the community had the opportunity to meet Governor Bush at a reception held at the Alfond Inn. Several members of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation board were in attendance, including Chairman Jerry Hilbrich and Dr. Deborah German. Foundation President David Odahowski introduced the Governor, who engaged the crowd and posed for photos. Guests received autographed copy of Bush’s book, Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution, also courtesy of the Foundation.


The evening’s feature event, Governor Bush’s speech, “America’s Promise in Uncertain Times,” provided thoughtful insight and resulted in an informative question and answer session moderated by former Lieutenant Governor Toni Jennings. The capacity crowd enjoyed this installment of the Winter Park Institute’s Ideas in Residence program.


Launched in 2008, the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College is a center for intellectual engagement through public lectures, readings, symposiums, seminars, master classes, interviews and special-interest sessions. The Winter Park Institute features discussions between Rollins College, the surrounding community and thought leaders from a broad spectrum of disciplines including poet laureates and Pulitzer Prize-winning historians — all of which are free and open to the public. For more information on upcoming speakers, visit or call (407) 691-1995.


The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation was created in 1973 and celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2013. Since its creation, it has been enriched by the Richard J. Conlee Fund and the H. Clifford Lee Fund. To date, the Foundation has issued more than 3,345 grants to 790 organizations, primarily in Central Florida, totaling more than $100 million. Though it does not actively solicit outside donations, the Foundation will work with philanthropists to achieve their charitable goals. Board members are Gerald F. Hilbrich, Chairman; Herbert W. Holm, Vice Chairman; David A. Odahowski, President; Elizabeth Dvorak; Deborah C. German, M.D.; Harvey Massey; Glenn “Doc” Rivers; and Richard J. Walsh.