Rand Skolnick Point Scholarship
Rand's passion was people. Whether it was family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances or people in need that he never met, Rand was always looking to better the lives of others. Throughout his life, Rand generously affected people’s lives with a style and grace that came effortlessly from his heart.
From an early age, Rand worked diligently helping to build the family business, Solgar Vitamins and Herb Company, into a household name for those who demanded integrity and high quality in nutraceuticals. After years of working alongside his father and successfully expanding the company across the United States, Rand became the youngest CEO in the natural products industry. Within 10 years, Rand opened operations in over 42 countries, and Solgar Vitamin and Herb became the number one supplement brand in the United Kingdom.
Beginning in 2002, together with his partner Terrence Meck, Rand helped revitalize the diverse community of New Hope, PA by restoring such institutions as The Raven and creating new destinations like The Nevermore Hotel.
Both The Raven and The Nevermore quickly became a tourist destination for LGBT travelers from around the globe and also served as a Community Center for Bucks County, helping to raise awareness and funds for dozens of local and national charities.
In March of 2008, Rand was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and died 4 months later on the morning of July 4th. Although he passed away at the young age of 50, his legacy lives on through the work of The Palette Fund, a foundation dedicated to his memory that has a large focus on LGBT Youth. Rand believed in the potential of our youth to help lead us toward a more compassionate and just future. The Palette Fund, like Rand, supports young people as they explore careers in philanthropy and service to the LGBT community and we are very excited to honor Rand’s commitment to education with the Rand Skolnick Point Scholarship.