Donald H. Heckard Memorial Scholarship Cruise set for Oct. 18

Fundraiser on the Madam Carroll will benefit Ivy Tech students

KOKOMO, Ind. – Reservations are being accepted for the Donald H. Heckard Memorial Scholarship Cruise aboard The Madam Carroll on Lake Freeman to benefit the scholarship fund set up at Ivy Tech Community College to honor the memory of the long-time supporter from Cass County.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18, with boarding beginning at 4 p.m. and launch at 5 p.m. The evening will include dinner served by the Historic Sportsman Inn and dancing to the Big Band sounds of Tuxedo Junction sponsored by Security Federal Savings Bank.

“Ivy Tech Foundation is very pleased to have this opportunity to honor the memory of Don Heckard, a well-known Cass County farmer, businessman and civic leader who was very instrumental in helping to build the beautiful new Ivy Tech campus in Logansport,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Resource Development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “All proceeds from the evening will go to the Don Heckard Memorial Scholarship fund to support Ivy Tech students pursuing further education.”

Reservations, at $100 each, may be made online at: . For more information, contact Miriam Thomas, Ivy Tech Foundation, at 765-854-2304 or .

Karickhoff noted Don Heckard was passionate about the role Ivy Tech would play in Indiana. “Don served for five years on the Ivy Tech Regional Board of Trustees beginning in 1974 and continued that alliance as a member of the Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees for 10 years, serving two years as board chairman,” she said. “Later, he worked tirelessly for seven years as a director for the Ivy Tech Foundation to help raise much-needed funds to support the College’s mission. And, of course, he was a leader in developing the Ivy Tech Logansport Campus.

“It is fitting that he be remembered through a scholarship to help students in the area he supported for so long,” Karickhoff continued. She offered special thanks to Don’s children – Nancy, Stephen, Tom, Lois, Carole, Bruce and Elaine – who have helped make this scholarship event possible.

Heckard died in 2013 at the age of 88. A graduate of Logansport High School in 1942, he was a lifelong farmer in Cass County’s Noble Township and owned and operated Logan City Ice Company from 1973 to 2006. For 19 years Don worked as a broker for Investors Diversified Services. He attended Calvary Presbyterian Church and was a 50-year-plus member of Logansport’s Tipton Masonic Lodge. He served as a Cass County councilman and was active in the Republican Party at county, district, state and national levels, including service as a presidential elector for George W. Bush in 2000. He was named Sagamore of the Wabash twice, once by Gov. Otis Bowen and later by Gov. Robert Orr.


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
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