PERU, Ind. — Reservations are now being accepted for the annual Fundraiser for Student Success sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region’s Peru Instructional Site and set for Saturday, Oct. 25, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The annual event has been expanded this year, moving to Milestone Event Center on the Grissom Joint Air Reserve Base to respond to the continued and growing support of the Miami County community.
The theme of the 2014 edition is “Blue Jean Ball,” with blue jeans and “bling” the appropriate attire. The event will feature live entertainment by Miami County’s own Swampwater Stompers, dinner, and an evening of competitive bidding. Live and silent auctions with an array of unique items and experiences will raise funds for scholarships and other support for student success in Miami County.
Proceeds from the event will support Miami County students. Last year, the scholarship fundraiser raised more than $14,000; this year’s goal is $17,000. In the live scholarship auction, bidders can earmark their donations to the Culinary Arts Scholarship, the Miami County Nursing Scholarship, or the Miami County Community Spirit Scholarship.
“Because of the continued support of the Miami County community, we are able to offer more scholarships to support students pursuing their college education at Ivy Tech Kokomo Region,” said Theresa Murphy, executive director of the Peru Instructional Site. “With the TKC Culinary Arts lab and our expanded nursing program here in Peru, we are funding two additional scholarships through this event.”
The barbecue dinner will be catered by Nelson’s. Tickets are $30 each and include dinner, music, and a chance to bid on a number of live and silent auctions items. A cash bar also will be available. Seating is limited but tickets are still available and can be purchased online at www.ivytech.edu/kokomo/perufundraiser.html . For more information, call 765-473-7281, ext. 301 or 314.