Punkin’ Chunkin’ event aims to ‘Smash Out Diabetes’

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Getting ready to let a punkin’ fly at the 2013 Punkin’ Chunkin’

KOKOMO, Ind. — Halloween will soon be over and pumpkins everywhere are awaiting their fate.

For some, the end will come when Project Access hosts its 5th Annual “Punkin’ Chunkin’ to Smash Out Diabetes” fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 15, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center on Ind. 931. This year’s Punkin’ Chunkin’ will again be held in conjunction with Ivy Tech Community College’s TechKNOWfest event.

Punkin Chunkin_project access_logoPunkin’ Chunkin’ is an event designed to raise money to support diabetic services provided through Project Access Howard County, a local not-for-profit organization, in which teams will launch pumpkins from catapult devices known as trebuchets to help “smash out” diabetes. It is estimated that nearly 10 percent of adults in Indiana have been diagnosed with diabetes. An additional 4 percent may have the disease without knowing it. This disease can be especially frightening for people who have limited resources and no insurance. Project Access Howard County disburses an average of $55,000 worth of medications each month, including insulin, oral medications and diabetic testing supplies, at no cost to its clients through pharmaceutical assistance programs.

“We’re really looking forward to this event that keeps growing and improving each and every year,” said Sherry Rahl, executive director of Project Access. “I especially want to thank J.B. and Marsha Ladd for supporting this event by supplying pumpkins for the fifth year in a row. It’s a fun day and would not be successful without the commitment from sponsors, volunteers and Ivy Tech.”

Model trebuchets are great fun at the annual Punkin' Chunkin'

Model trebuchets are great fun at the annual Punkin’ Chunkin’

One aspect of Punkin’ Chunkin’ is geared toward those who want to experience the excitement of building and firing their own trebuchet. Individual teams in this category are responsible for building and transporting their trebuchets to Ivy Tech on Nov. 15 for the Punkin’ Chunkin’ competition. People interested in forming a team in this category should go to the website at www.ivytech.edu/kokomo to fill out a form to get entered and see the rules for the event. Registration fees apply for this category. For more information, call Sherry Rahl at 765-854-0544.

The entire community is encouraged to attend all the activities on Nov. 15 at the event center and on the fields south of Ivy Tech’s main campus at 1815 E. Morgan St. Haywagon rides will be available to transport participants between the event center and the Punkin’ Chunkin’ field. More information about the events including costs to participate in the trebuchet team build can be found at www.ivytech.edu/kokomo.

Project Access Howard County is funded in part by United Way of Howard County and the Center Township Trustee. Sponsors of the 2014 Punkin’ Chunkin’ event include Ivy Tech Community College, Coca Cola, J.B. and Marsha Ladd, T & P Photography, Community Howard Regional Hospital, Hoosier AM/FM Radio, Moore’s Home Health, Community First Bank, St.Joseph Hospital, and HCC, Inc.

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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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