Event exceeded $25,000 goal before it even began
OGLESBY — In three years, the Illinois Valley Community College Foundation has raised more than $75,000 through its Giving Day events to help students achieve their academic goals.
The third annual Giving Day event, held April 3, exceeded its $25,000 goal before the spirited events in the gymnasium even began.
“These funds will be used to provide scholarships to well-deserving students to help them complete their education,” Fran Brolley, IVCC’s director of Community Relations and Development, said.
Funds are raised through a series of lighthearted competitions, raffles and social media interaction. Included in the day were a bake sale; a raffle for two tickets to a performance of “Hamilton” in Chicago, sponsored by IVCC; and a raffle for two tickets to a White Sox game, sponsored by NRG Media.
Past competitions have included challenges such as staff members seeing who could make the most free throws or do the most pushups. But, this year organizers changed the lineup to allow for more participation from both students and staff. However, one aspect that didn’t change was the popular “Slime Challenge.”
Each year the “winner” of this challenge is the staff member who collects the most monetary donations prior to the event. They are then “slimed” by a raffle winner who entered to be the “slimer.” The IVCC Chem Club creates the thick, oozing green concoction that is poured over the winner’s head in front of the cheering crowd.
New to the event was the Spirit Sprint Relay. In this challenge, six teams of five competed in a relay race with a series of events. Teams included staff and a variety of members from the college’s athletic teams.
“We’re here to celebrate everything that makes IVCC great,” Janice Corrigan, IVCC Foundation assistant, said.
The first stage was a race with a balloon held between the legs of the competitors who then had to sit on and pop the balloon. Following that, the next team member had to quickly rotate through a large stack of colored cups, or the “Stack Attack,” until reaching the sole cup of a different color.
The third event was the “Chuckin’ Chick’n,” in which teams had to successfully toss two rubber chickens into a distant bucket. The fourth stage, the “Pantyhose Pushover,” required placing a stocking with a tennis ball in the end over their heads and attempting to knock over a bottle of water.
The final stage required competitors to don safety glasses and mittens before quickly spinning around five times while leaned over with their forehead on a yardstick. They then had to stay leaned over while rolling a basketball through a series of cones before finally shooting a basket while wearing the bulky mittens.
Hometown National Bank was a major sponsor of the day, and Brolley said the bank has donated $3,000 each year toward the event. Following the competitions, those in attendance were invited to enjoy the pizza provided by Marchelloni’s, the water provided by Pepsi and the popcorn made by the IVCC Athletic Department.
“We’re excited we’ve found a way to make giving fun. This event seems to grow and get better every year. All the donations, no matter how much they are, add up to help us provide access to higher education for our students,” Brolley said.