Tickets available for Aug. 28 Celebration for Student Success

‘Blue Jeans and Bling’ Event will support Ivy Tech’s Kokomo students

2015-08 Blue Jeans and Bling at Ivy TechKOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo will host its annual Celebration for Student Success from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center. This year’s event will feature live entertainment, dinner, and activities to raise funds for student scholarships at the Kokomo Campus.

With the theme of “Blue Jeans and Bling,” guests are invited to break out their favorite pair of blue jeans and whatever “bling” they want to add for an evening of fun designed to support Ivy Tech education in the Kokomo community.

The Jhonny and Sallie Show, an award-winning, crowd-favorite duo from northern Indiana, will provide live entertainment from their wide repertoire of country classics and almost-forgotten tunes from the hippie days of the 1960s. The night will also include a raffle with prizes from local businesses and individuals who support students, a live auction, and a full cash bar. The barbecue dinner by Rozzi’s Catering will feature pulled pork sandwiches with their new toppings bar, loaded baked potatoes, vegetarian green beans, and a selection of summer vegetables, finished with cake served at the table by Windmill Grill.

“Every year, we try to make this night the most entertaining and festive night possible, and this year, with live music and countless opportunities to win prizes, we’ve got everything we need for an unforgettable night,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Resource Development for Ivy Tech Kokomo Region.

“This event raises money for students at the Kokomo Campus, and our goal is to raise $50,000,” she continued. “More than $35,000 has already been raised in scholarships through sponsorships. This is a great opportunity to help deserving students continue their educations without adding more to their student debt.”

As part of the celebration, Strickler Jewelers is sponsoring a diamond give-away. Each $25 purchase of a special Blue Jeans and Bling beverage will include a “blinged-out” glass and a chance to win a pair of diamond earrings. Guests will receive an earring to take to Strickler Jewelers to receive its mate. Of the 50 pairs of earrings being given away, 49 cubic zirconia pairs are valued at $50 each; the diamond pair is valued at $500.

Tickets for Celebration for Student Success are $30 each and may be purchased at or by calling Miriam Thomas of the Ivy Tech Foundation staff at 800-459-0561, ext. 7295. Reservations must be made by Aug. 21.


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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