Ivy Tech Foundation Honors Benefactors of the Year

INDIANAPOLIS— Ivy Tech Foundation recognized 14 winners during their annual Benefactor of the Year Dinner, which was hosted on September 29, at the West Baden Springs Hotel, Fla.

The Foundation has honored individuals, corporations and foundations since 2010, and recognizes those who have considerably impacted Ivy Tech Community College communities and students. Great advances are possible at Ivy Tech through the support of these winners through volunteer leadership and philanthropic service.

“Ivy Tech Community College’s benefactors prove that we are not the only ones who want to make a difference in the lives of our students,” said John Murphy, President of the Ivy Tech Foundation and Senior Vice President of Ivy Tech Community College. “Every student, faculty or community member that we positively impact, we can only do so with the support from our local communities and benefactors, and for this, we thank them.”

The winners are as follows:

Southern Indiana Region – The Hazel and Walter T. Bales Foundation has been a friend to Ivy Tech since 2008, cultivating this relationship through capital campaign, program and event support donations. Lori Lewis, Bales Foundation Executive Director, partnered with Ivy Tech in 2015 to create a student program based in philanthropy. This philanthropy program allows female Ivy Tech students to learn, explore and define local and national not-for-profit organizations – allowing them to create plans on how they can be philanthropists in their lives.

Northeast Region – Tim and Ann Borne have been active supporters of Ivy Tech throughout their lifetime through financial support of the region’s culinary program. Their support has been instrumental to the success of the program and the two are passionate about hosting dinners cooked by Ivy Tech students in their home. In addition, they have helped to organize Ivy Tech’s annual Lake Wawasee outing, and attend many culinary program events.

Northwest Region – Centier Bank, Indiana’s largest private family-owned bank, has worked with Ivy Tech for over a decade – providing the capital necessary to fund capital campaigns for specialized campus programs as well as special event support. Centier Bank will continue to preserve independent banking for generations to come, under its “Not For Sale,” promise – a promise they stand behind resolutely.

North Central Region – Known as an RV industry leader with Coachmen Industries, Tom Corson has been nominated as the North Central Region’s Benefactor of the Year. After Tom’s land gift in 2008, he and his wife Dot have remained connected to Ivy Tech through attendance at the Ivy Tech Foundation reception and maintaining connections with the region’s Resource Development Office.

Lafayette Region – Brenda Duncan, winner of the Educator of the Year award from the National Association of Surgical Technologists in 1990, has touched the lives of both staff, students and patients during her work with Ivy Tech. In addition to working with Ivy Tech, she made numerous medical mission trips to Haiti and raised her two nieces when her sister passed away. This year’s Lafayette Region nomination is the Brenda Duncan Mitchell Scholarship Endowment.

Southeast Region – Through their strong relationships to community members and their advocacy, Don and Paula Heiderman have been key in expanding Ivy Tech’s expansion at the Madison Campus from 111 graduates in 1973 to 300 graduates in 2016. Although retired, Don and Paula volunteer and financially support critical initiatives such as Speaking of Women’s Health, the boxed lunch program for students and two ample scholarship endowments.

Columbus/Franklin Region – The Heritage Fund Community Foundation has maintained a friendship with Ivy Tech for 27 years; resulting in more than $816,000 donations. Through this friendship, The Heritage Fund Community Foundation has supported numerous projects and programs including the iGrad program and several projects through the Visual Communication program. Through the Brown Family, the Heritage Fund Community Foundation is now in the process of establishing a pre-engineering scholarship with Ivy Tech.

Central Indiana Region – Serving on the Foundation Board of Directors and the Central Indiana “Closing the Achievement Gap,” Campaign Board, Michael Jarvis encourages other board members and community members to support and give back to their local campus and/or campaign. Through pledging the lead gift of the Central Indiana Campaign, Jarvis has become a true partner to the automotive program and to the Franklin Campus. It is because of his gift that the automotive technology program at Ivy Tech has the opportunity to move into a new state-of-the-art facility and not only meet, but exceed, the demand for qualified automotive workers.

Richmond Region – Since joining the Richmond Region in 1998, Kara Monroe has been giving generously to the region – creating three endowed scholarships and serving as one of the founding members of the Women in Philanthropy Circle of Ivy. As a member of the Cornerstone Society, Monroe has helped to ensure resources are available in the future for Ivy Tech through estate planning. Monroe has also served on the major gift campaign executive leadership council.

Kokomo Region – A regular attendee of many college events throughout the Kokomo Region, Jean Neel has served on the Kokomo Regional Board of Trustees for nine years. Through establishment of the Neel Family Scholarship, Jean expresses “gratitude to those who have helped [her],” and that others will learn firsthand how scholarship money can change lives.

East Central Region – Nancy Ricker, in conjunction with her family-owned business Ricker Oil Co., has supported the college’s mission through encouraging employees to continue their education within Ivy Tech – with the help of flexible schedules and the Tuition Assistance Program. Ricker also serves on the regional board, and her tenure has included president and vice president positions.

Southwest Region – In 2007, Gayle Brubeck Rood established the Joseph Rood, Jr. Memorial Scholarship in memory of her late husband, a scholarship providing support to deserving students in paramedic science – a field that her husband was a pioneer in. In addition to naming Ivy Tech the beneficiary of her estate, Gayle enjoys meeting with almost all recipients of her scholarship and serves on the Paramedic Science Advisory Board.

Bloomington Region – Smithville Communications, a family-owned business, has acted as an advocate for Ivy Tech – acting as a major donor for its major events and capital campaigns. Through academic scholarship support and the advancement of the Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, Smithville Communications has continued to serve Ivy Tech and acted as a model of leadership and philanthropy in the region.

Wabash Valley Region – Longtime partners of Ivy Tech, Bill and Sally Stewart has supported the college through networking, philanthropic giving and community engagement. Initiated under Sally’s leadership, the Annual Wabash Valley Golf Scramble still goes on today nearly 17 years later – with several of the same traditions she helped to begin at inception.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It 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.

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