IVCC’s Giving Day raises funds for students in need
OGLESBY — Athletic competitions, silly games, humor and an abundance of spirit were combined by IVCC students, faculty, staff and community members to raise funds for students in need during the college’s second annual IVCC Giving Day.
Held in the gymnasium on April 5, the event, sponsored by the IVCC Foundation to help provide financial assistance to students, was a success.
The first Giving Day raised $23,500. Though the final numbers for the second event were still be totaled the next morning, IVCC Director of Community Relations Fran Brolley later reported the most recent raised $21,546.97 and that figure could still rise.
“This is a fun idea and a great way to bring together teachers, staff and faculty. Forty percent of our students are eligible for financial aid, so anything we can do to help them is a worthy cause,” IVCC President Jerry Corcoran said.
The first competition of the day, “Bucks for Baskets,” pitted faculty members Bob Reese and Tom Tunnel against former IVCC basketball players and scholarship beneficiaries Lauren Tomasson and Julie Pohar. Each team member collected pledges for each free throw they could make within three minutes.
Tunnel and Reese came out victorious in front of the cheering crowd after sinking a combined total of 44 free throws compared to Pohar and Tomasson’s 39.
The next event, the “Chukin’ Chick’n Challenge,” had Corcoran and IVCC Associate Vice President for Student Services Mark Grzybowski compete to see who could toss their rubber chicken into the farthest bucket a la the old “Bozo Buckets” game after they’d collected pledges. The contest was considered a draw after Corcoran and Grzybowski both chucked their chickens equal distances.
The “Doughnuts for Dough” contest saw Assistant Director of Admissions Aseret Loveland return to the table with student Jonathan Quintana to see who could eat the most doughnuts in three minutes. They were joined by student Richard Nowotnik and IVCC’s Ag instructor Willard Mott who were competing for the first time.
Quintana won the competition after downing an impressive seven doughnuts to the other competitors’ four.
The “Slime Challenge” was definitely the most colorful and sloppy event of the day. IVCC Director of Admissions Quintin Overocker, IVCC Professor of Organic Chemistry Promise Yong, IVCC Psychology instructor Vince Brolley and IVCC counselor Cynthia Cardosi competed to see who could raise the most funds for the “privilege” of having slime poured over their heads.
The electric green slime was created by the school’s Chem Club students, and its main ingredients were oatmeal, applesauce and food coloring. The competitors sat in chairs facing the crowd and had no idea who had won.
Brolley and Yong tied, and each was thoroughly slimed. Yong took the precaution of wearing a protective suit and hood, while Brolley took the sliming unprotected and even ate some of it as it poured over his face.. Laughing, both men hugged each other afterwards as the green slimed dripped from their faces and the crowd cheered in appreciation.
More traditional fundraising efforts were also a part of Giving Day. Raffle tickets were sold for a grand prize “St. Louis Getaway” that included a four-piece luggage set; second prize was four White Sox tickets with a parking pass; and third prize was an assortment of gift cards.
The IVCC Foundation annually awards about 250 scholarships and has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships during the past four years.
“Every bit given helps our students achieve academic success,” IVCC alumni coordinator Janice Corrigan said at the event.