VIDEO: Bernie Simpkins’ Charitable, Business Accomplishments Legendary

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2016 Lifetime Achievement Honoree

ABOVE VIDEO: Bernie Simpkins has left an indelible mark on Brevard County – and beyond.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Overlooking the Banana River, the view from Bernie Simpkins’ fifth-floor office at High Point Tower in Cocoa is spectacular.

simpkins-bernie-580-1pNASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center can easily be seen as well. However, as spectacular as the view is, Simpkins’ life has even been more so.

Simpkins is originally from Nashville, Tenn. At an early age, his parents were a major influence in his life. His father was a no-nonsense type of person, very straightforward.

Simpkins’ father pointed him toward the importance of humanitarianism and instilled in his son honorable traits such as “do not lie, tell the truth, and be honest in everything you do.”

He also told his son, “You can play hard, but work hard. Anything you start, don’t quit until you finish.”

While away at college, Simpkins lost his mother, who was equally as important in his life as his father. This hit him very hard. While away at college, each week he would receive a letter from his mom.

They would always conclude with the same remarks, “Hold your head up high and be somebody.”

In Simpkins’ entrepreneurial programs at Eastern Florida State College, he usually works this into his program. He has his students repeat after him, “Hold your head up high, and be somebody.”

Simpkins’ business dealings are legendary. He and his partner, the late Fletcher Sheriff, have owned oil companies, convenience stores, a car dealership, and much, much more.

Their company, S & S Enterprises, is well known world-wide. Simpkins has worked extremely hard to be successful, and in doing so, he has put himself in a position to help many people along the way. Simply put, Simpkins has a big heart. As he explains it, “I enjoy assisting or helping people in need.”

Simpkins is extremely proud of The Simpkins Family Foundation. It was created with a purpose in mind, and that is to pass on to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren the understanding of charitable work.

According to its website, the Simpkins Family Foundation is an organization “committed to providing support for innovative programs that promote meaningful change in its communities.”

The Board of Directors, which consists of family members and others, meets twice a year. At each meeting, members are encouraged to bring forward a charity that they would like to see the Foundation support. To be considered, an organization must be a 501(c)(3).

An example of one of the numerous charities The Simpkins Family Foundation has supported is Camp Boggy Creek, whose mission is to “foster a spirit of joy by creating a free, safe and medically-sound camp environment that enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses and their families.”

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EASTERN FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE bachelor’s degree student Phylicia Herline, left, accepts a scholarship from Bernard W. Simpkins, who underwrites the Entrepreneur Speaker Series. He is making the presentation in the Bernard Simpkins Fine Arts Center on the Cocoa Campus. (EFSC image)

HAS LEFT LIFELONG IMPRESSION

As a former member of the Board of Trustees, Simpkins has a strong relationship with Eastern Florida State College.

The Bernie Simpkins Scholarship is awarded annually to an Eastern Florida State College student and offers financial aid based on a set of criteria that includes character and sincerity. This is no surprise, because it is part of the philosophy Simpkins has subscribed to his entire life.

Each year on the campus of Eastern Florida State College, the Simpkins Seminars take place. It is named after Simpkins, who established an endowment to create the sessions that have brought some of the nation’s top business leaders to the college.

A few short years ago, Simpkins wrote a book entitled “The Harder You Work, The Luckier You Become – The Bernie Simpkins Story.”

It is a fascinating read, detailing the life of Simpkins. A paragraph on page 92 sums up the charitable nature of Bernie Simpkins.

In part it reads, “We realize that we have been very, very fortunate. Our life has been good, health reasonably good, and God’s given us a lot to manage, for which we are very appreciative, so we give to the religious organizations and church foundations primarily, but also the hospitals, colleges, youth foundations and others.”

Yes, Bernie Simpkins has left a life-long impression on those with whom he has come in contact. When asked about future projects, Simpkins smiled.

You could see the wheels turning! Bernie Simpkins is truly deserving of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award being bestowed upon him. And, he is not finished yet.

FOR MORE INFORMATION or to make a reservation to attend the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com

The 2015 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. Also announced today was the honoree for the Lifetime Achievement.

The 2016 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. Also announced today was the honoree for the Lifetime Achievement.

Recognizing Outstanding Individuals & Organizations Who Dedicate Their Time, Talent and Treasure

CENTRAL FLORIDA, USA – The 2016 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. 

Also announced today was the honoree for the Lifetime Achievement. Information about the hospital and hospice volunteers will be released Oct. 1.

The Central Florida Humanitarian honorees will be recognized during a Gala event on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.

The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards were created seven years ago by Space Coast Daily to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that dedicate their time, talent or treasure to help people in need locally – and around the world.

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The 2016 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. All Humanitarian alumni are presented a specially commissioned medallion.

TIME: In this category consider candidates who have selflessly and consistently devoted their time as volunteers at hospitals and nursing homes, in activities for the less fortunate and as organizers, administrators or operatives in the many other altruistic endeavors in our community.
TALENT: In this category give consideration to those who have volunteered their special talents and expertise to address specific circumstances in which the lives of those in need are improved.
TREASURE: The humanitarians in this category will include those who have generously shared their monetary good fortune and/or volunteered their time and efforts in fund raising for the advancement of a philanthropic cause.

All 2016 honorees will be featured in the Oct/Nov 2016 edition of Space Coast Daily magazine and online at SpaceCoastDaily.com.  The magazine will be available the first week of October in both print and digital editions, which will also be available on SpaceCoastDaily.com.

humanitrians-sponsors-330-1ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS SELECTED TO BE HONORED INCLUDE:

• 211 Brevard
• Advocates For Aging
• Rusty Buchanan
• Steve Bunker
• Cape Canaveral Ladies
• Stop the Bleed Team
• Junior League of South Brevard
• Space Coast Iceplex Disabled Sled Hockey
• AJ Hiers
• Sharon James
• Keep Brevard Beautiful
• Janet Marks
• Paws and Stripes College
• Port Canaveral Commission
• Col. Danny McKnight
• Rolling Readers Space Coast
• Leo Roselip
• Space Coast Health Foundation
• Space Coast Paratroopers
• Central Florida Animal Refuge
• BCSO Chief Deputy Doug Waller
• Jarvis Wash
• Dr. Carlos Woodward
• The 2016 Central Florida Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement honoree is Bernie Simpkins.

HONORING SELFLESS VOLUNTEERISM

As always, the Central Florida Humanitarian committee will also honor hospital and hospice volunteers from Health First Hospice, the Dr. Jey Pillai Center for Hospice Care at Wasdin Woods, VITAS, Hospice of St. Francis, Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Health First Viera Hospital, Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center, Health First Palm Bay Hospital, Wuesthoff Medical Center – Melbourne, Wuesthoff Medical Center – Rockledge, the VA Clinic in Viera, and Sebastian River Medical Center. 

Dr. Jim Palermo

Dr. Jim Palermo

“Over the years, our editorial team has had the distinct honor and pleasure of identifying and featuring the many members of our community who give back so much and are dedicated to reaching out and helping others, here and throughout the world, in a multitude of ways,” said Space Coast Daily Editor-In-Chief Dr. Jim Palermo.

“For the seventh consecutive year, we will once again produce the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala on the first Thursday of November. This year, more than 30 deserving humanitarians will be honored during the Gala.”

The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards will be part of Space Coast Medicine Week, a comprehensive series of health and educational events produced by Space Coast Daily.

JOIN US FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL EVENING

This inspiring and compelling event is sponsored by Parrish Medical Center, SOAR, BioCellular Therapies, Brighthouse Networks, First Choice Medical Group, Clear Choice Health Care, Community Credit Union, Lake Nona Medical Arts, Brevard Geriatrics, Knudson Brain & Spine Law Injury Office, Dr. Mark Pinsky, Space Coast Daily magazine and SpaceCoastDaily.com. Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe.

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“We would like to thank our long list of sponsors who support the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards and who make this wonderful event possible,” said Giles Malone, a partner with Space Coast Daily and Brevard Productions, who annually produce all the events of Space Coast Medicine Week.

COMPELLING MULTIMEDIA TRIBUTE VIDEOS & STORIES

Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily magazine and SpaceCoastDaily.com for exclusive and comprehensive multimedia coverage of each honoree as we present their compelling stories.

Tom Palermo

Tom Palermo

“Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 3 to celebrate and be inspired by these incredible individuals and groups,” said Space Coast Daily President & Publisher Tom Palermo. 

“In the meantime, please click the link below that showcases the distinguished Central Florida Humanitarian Alumni.”

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN ALUMNI

FOR MORE INFORMATION or to make a reservation to attend the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com

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ABOVE MAP: The 2016 Central Florida Humanitarian Awards will take place Thursday, Nov. 3 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, located at 200 Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.

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Bernie Simpkins has worked extremely hard to be successful, and in doing so, he has put himself in a position to help many people along the way. Simply put, Simpkins has a big heart. As he explains it, “I enjoy assisting or helping people in need.” (Image for Space Coast Daily)


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