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Northwood Reflects on Countess De Hoernle's Generosity as She Celebrates 100th

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Students, faculty and staff reflect on beautiful memories already created in the Countess de Hoernle Student Life Center.
Countess Henrietta de Hoernle

Countess Henrietta de Hoernle

Countess de Hoernle Student Life Center

Countess de Hoernle Student Life Center

September 26, 2012

As Countess Henrietta de Hoernle celebrated her 100th birthday September 24, students, faculty and staff reflect upon the effect her generosity has had on Northwood University Florida.

An arts and education advocate, volunteer leader and humanitarian, the Northwood University 2002 Distinguished Woman's efforts to create a venue which would promote both academic and athletic success marked her largest single project donation at that time.

Serving as a constant reminder of her generosity and belief in the power of education, the 48,000 square foot Countess de Hoernle Student Life Center offers basketball courts, locker rooms, weight and aerobics facilities, a student lounge and a variety of offices, and has provided the first official home to Northwood's Seahawk volleyball and basketball teams, as well as several additional classrooms.

"What the Countess did for Northwood Florida cannot be expressed in words alone," noted President Tom Duncan. "Her generosity to make possible the construction of the Student Life Center gave the Florida campus a premier recreation and athletic facility in the heart of the community.. Duncan added, "Everyday, our students enjoy the benefits of the Countess de Hoernle's vision to invest in the lives of young people and the institution's that serve them. We wish her a birthday that celebrates the excellence of her gifts to others."

Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle was born in Germany and moved to the United States in 1930 where she immediately became an active volunteer in her community donating needed funds and sharing her time and expertise.

After moving to Florida in 1981, she and her husband, Count Adolph de Hoernle, became avid supporters of the South Florida community and have contributed support to over 140 organizations. Having served on numerous Boards of Directors throughout her charitable lifetime, Countess de Hoernle has received over 230 awards from multiple charitable organizations which are on display at the Boca Raton Historical Society.

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