Ivy Tech takes a ‘hip trip’ through the ‘60s | Lifestyles

Ivy Tech Kokomo is taking a trip back through the ‘60s for its biennial Celebration for Student Success to provide scholarships to Kokomo students.

With the theme “Peace. Love. Ivy Tech.,” guests are invited to don their ‘60s duds and enjoy the music, slang, and entertainment of the times.

“Ivy Tech in Kokomo was established in the ‘60s, and we’re trying to raise $60,000 for student success, so we thought ‘Peace. Love. Ivy Tech.’ would be a really fun theme, casual, and entice people to come out and enjoy,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo region.

For the main event, The Jhonny and Sallie Show, an award-winning, crowd-favorite duo from northern Indiana, will take attendees on a trip through the ‘60s with live entertainment and popular songs from the hippie days.

The games also will be plentiful. Attendees will be able to purchase bright ‘60s necklaces to participate in the “heads and tails” game for the chance to win a cooler full of specialty beers.

“You put your hands on your head for heads, your hands on your backside for tails, and that’s how you stay in the game. You can buy multiple necklaces to play,” she said. “There are a lot of different, fun activities all to raise funds for student success.”

In addition, there will be a specialty drink station where $25 gets an attendee a glass, a specialty drink from the bar, and a chance to win a prize valued at more than $100.

The night comes with a plated dinner topped by a favorite dessert of the decade: rainbow sherbet.

There also will be a live and silent auction with a variety of items, including several “experiences,” like fire chief for a day, police chief for a day, and a mayoral meal. Other items include a grill package, amusement park tickets, and home- and health-related baskets, to name a few. The auctioneer will be entertainer Sallie from the Jhonny and Sallie Show.

Each year through fund raising, Ivy Tech Kokomo is able to provide approximately $135,000 in scholarships to its students.

“We hope our students will feel the ‘peace and love’ from their community as we join together to raise funds that will be distributed in tuition, fees, and book assistance. With groovy live music we’ll have a fun and festive evening that everyone can enjoy,” said Karickhoff.

Tickets for Celebration for Student Success are $40 each and may be purchased at http://www.ivytech.edu/kokomo/celebration.html or by calling Miriam Thomas of the Ivy Tech Foundation staff at 765-252-5500.

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