Ivy Tech bringing award-winning Motown tribute band to Kokomo Celebration for Student Success

Ivy Tech bringing award-winning Motown tribute band to Kokomo Celebration for Student Success to offer fun and fund-raising

KOKOMO, Ind. – Have you “Heard It Through the Grapevine?”

The strains of “What’s Goin’ On?”, “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” and “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” will be filling the Kokomo Event & Conference Center April 18 when prize-winning tribute band TOUCH brings its Motown sounds to Kokomo.

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region is sponsoring the show, open to the public, as part of this year’s “Celebration for Student Success,” the annual evening of fun and fund-raising that supports scholarships and other initiatives that benefit students at the College’s Kokomo Campus.

TOUCH, based in Dayton, Ohio, will present a 90-minute musical tribute to the Motown Sound with the talent and showmanship that earned the band a top-three finish in last year’s NBC TV reality show “The Winner Is …” hosted by Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees fame.

Tickets are now available at $30 each for “early birds” who make their reservations by March 31. From April 1 through the deadline of April 15, tickets are $40 each. Ticket information is available at http://www.ivytech.edu/kokomo/celebration14.html, or by calling 800-459-0561, ext. 296.

“With a buffet of great hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a Motown club atmosphere with a dance floor to show off your moves, we think this year’s edition of our annual fund-raiser will be a real hit,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Development for Ivy Tech Kokomo Region. “Our 2013 event last April was a fun night reminiscing with ‘The Beatles.’ The addition of a live band – even a tribute one – was so successful that we decided to raise the entertainment bar and bring in TOUCH to celebrate Motown-style.”

TOUCH, considered by many the top Motown Sound tribute band in the country, has been entertaining audiences around the country for more than 15 years. Known for energetic dance steps and colorful attire, the band has shared center stage with many well-known performers, including Al Green, The Temptations, The Spinners, Eddie Money, Lou Gramm/Foreigner and the legendary Ray Charles, and band members have written songs for The Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson.

The band’s performance is supported by contributions from Haynes International, Mid-America Beverage and Solidarity Federal Credit Union.

The annual scholarship fundraiser, set for 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the event center at 1500 N. Reed Road, has become a Kokomo tradition over the years and is the principal source of Ivy Tech Foundation scholarship funds for students at the Kokomo Campus. Last year’s event brought in more than $35,000 for student scholarships. Again this year the evening’s activities will include live and silent auctions featuring a variety of items and experiences.

For more information, check out the website at http://www.ivytech.edu/kokomo/celebration14.html, or contact Karickhoff at kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu or 800-459-0561, ext. 296.

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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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