Ivy Tech Foundation reports success as College’s 50th anniversary year comes to a close


KOKOMO, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College is wrapping up the year-long celebration of its 50th Anniversary and the Ivy Tech Foundation reports the Kokomo Region has collected nearly $100,000 to support student success through fund-raising events and private donations in the celebration year.

“Through the support of generous donors – private individuals, companies, economic development groups, healthcare organizations and city governments, Ivy Tech Kokomo Region has raised $97,630 in 2013,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Resource Development for Ivy Tech Foundation Kokomo. “All six counties in our region – Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Tipton and Wabash – participated in the 50th anniversary celebration in Indianapolis in September that raised money to support scholarships, laboratories and programming throughout the region.”

 “We want to especially thank Don and Louise Thomas, retired Kokomo businesspeople, for their 50th Anniversary leadership gift of $25,000 to endow the Don and Louise Thomas Family Scholarship,” Karickhoff added. “And, as people consider their end-of-the-year donations, we encourage anyone who values the work Ivy Tech is doing to change lives and make Indiana great to consider a contribution to the College. Every gift, no matter how big or small, can make a difference in the future of our students and our state.” 

Kokomo Region supporters of the state celebration in September included:

Chrysler Foundation

City of Kokomo

City of Logansport

City of Peru

City of Rochester

City of Tipton

Tipton Economic Development Corporation

City of Wabash

Coca Cola Bottling Company

Cole Hardwood

Don and Louise Thomas Family

Duke Energy

Economic Development Group of Wabash

First Farmers Bank & Trust

First Federal Savings Bank

Fulton County Economic Development Corporation

Halderman Farm Management

Haynes International

Huston Electric

IU Heath Tipton

Miami County Economic Development Authority

New Holland Rochester


Security Federal Savings Bank

St. Joseph Hospital

In addition to the 50th anniversary fundraising, Karickhoff said four special event fundraisers were held throughout the region in 2013 and all generated record-setting totals, including $37,013 in Kokomo, $25,595 in Logansport, $12,130 in Peru and $13,999 in Wabash, all to be used to support Ivy Tech students. 

For more information on the work of Ivy Tech Foundation or on donor opportunities, please contact Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Resource Development, at 765-459-0561, ext. 382, or kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu.  or by calling Ivy Tech’s Admissions Office at 800-459-0561, ext. 239, or its Academic Advising Center at 800-459-0561, ext. 214.


About Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester. Ivy Tech serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu.
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