Ivy Tech doubles the fun with ‘Celebrations for Student Success’ Oct. 6 and 7

‘Dueling Pianos’ events in Logansport, Kokomo will support Ivy Tech students

KOKOMO, Ind. — With two baby grand pianos and two talented players, Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo is promising two evenings of fun next month for the 2022 edition of the College’s Celebration for Student Success scholarship fundraiser.

“Since we are having our first face-to-face community scholarship fundraisers since 2019, we decided to double the fun,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director for Resource Development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area. “We want to benefit students throughout our six-county service area with two ‘Celebrations’ – Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Community Room at Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus and Friday, Oct. 7, in Hingst Hall of the Kokomo Campus.”

With the musical theme of “Education is Key,” both events will feature “Dueling Pianos,” dinner, and a variety of activities to raise funds for scholarships for students from Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Pulaski and Tipton counties.

 “Dueling Pianos” is a high-energy, all-request, sing-along, clap-along, rock ’n’ roll evening of comedy music where the audience is just as much a part of the show as the entertainers. The piano duo was a smash hit at Ivy Tech’s 2019 fundraiser in Kokomo, Karickhoff said, and the College is excited to be able to bring them back for both Kokomo and Logansport supporters.

“Audience members are encouraged to tip the entertainers to change the songs and request their favorite songs so bring some cash to play,” she added. “All tips go to support scholarships.”

Food and fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. at both events – on Oct. 6 at 1 Ivy Tech Way, Logansport, and Oct. 7 at 1815 E. Morgan St., Kokomo. Along with the dueling pianos, the night will include a live auction, dinner and a cash bar.

“As every key is needed for a pianist to make music, education is the key to successful futures for our students and for our communities,” Karickhoff said. “The Celebration for Student Success events give participants many opportunities throughout the evening to make a difference in the life of an Ivy Tech student through their financial support.”

Tickets for the Celebrations for Student Success are $50 each and may be purchased at https://connect.ivytech.edu/DuelingPianosLogansport (for the Logansport event benefitting students in Cass, Fulton and Pulaski counties) and https://connect.ivytech.edu/DuelingPianosKokomo (for the Kokomo event benefitting students from Kokomo, Miami and Tipton counties) or by calling Patti Moore of the Ivy Tech Foundation 765-252-5489.  Reservations must be made by Sept. 30.

“Our goal is to raise $50,000 that will be distributed to students over the next two academic years,” Karickhoff said. “Whether you can endow a scholarship, fund a sponsorship, or buy a ticket to the event, we hope you will join us!”

Those who can’t attend may still help students by donating at https://connect.ivytech.edu/kokomo or call Kelley Karickhoff at 765-252-5501.

About Ivy Tech Kokomo Service Area

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Service Area serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Pulaski and Tipton counties, including the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Rochester, Tipton and Winamac. Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor’s degree. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu.
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