VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTW)/WAWV) — 2nd Update: After a full day of donations, Ivy Tech Terre Haute reportedly raised more than $22,000 and surpassed the goal of 100 donors.

1st Update: As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Ivy Tech Terre Haute has raised $15,352 through 75 unique donors.

Executive Director for Marketing and Communications Alia Shuck added that the goal for the Terre Haute region is 100 unique donors. Donations for Ivy Tech Day can continue to be made until midnight.

Original: Ivy Tech will be holding its first Ivy Tech Day, the college’s first Day of Giving on Tuesday, April 11.

Ivy Tech is inviting alumni, friends, and people across the state to help support the next generation of Hoosier healthcare professionals, teachers, information technologists, manufacturing specialists, and others by participating in Ivy Tech Day. 

The 24-hour event will start at midnight in which people can donate to support the Terre Haute and Greencastle Ivy Tech sites. The Ivy Tech Foundation hopes to receive 600 donations as a recognition of the college’s 60th anniversary. 

“I think it’s really important for us to have a dedicated day of giving. So that our students and our community can really come together to celebrate Ivy Tech education and what that does for a community,” Executive Director Rachel Mullinnix said.

“Ivy Tech Day is a big moment for our entire College family,” said Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech Community College. “As Indiana’s community college, we want to create a fun, memorable way to come together and demonstrate our collective passion for our students, the college, and our communities. I believe our donors, alumni, students, employer partners, faculty and staff, and friends in the community will rally in celebration of Ivy Tech’s impact and 60th anniversary.” 

For those interested in participating, donations can be made online at the Terre Haute Ivy Tech Day webpage, or by visiting a local participating business that has pledged to donate a portion of the day’s funds to Ivy Tech Terre Haute and Greencastle. 

On April 11, the community is invited to visit these participating businesses:

  • Chick-Fil-A | Mention Ivy Tech Spirit Day for a portion of the proceeds to support Ivy Tech
  • Culver’s | Make a purchase and 10% of proceeds will go to support Ivy Tech
  • Federal Coffee+Fine Foods | Grab a coffee, treat, or meal to support Ivy Tech or enjoy a cleverly crafted drink made especially for Ivy Tech Day
  • Azzip Pizza | Dine in or place an order online with code GIVEBACK04 to support Ivy Tech
  • Maggie and Moe’s | Shop at Poplar Flowers & Décor, Maggie & Moe’s at the Sycamore Farmhouse, or at Maggie & Moe’s Coffee Shop at Regional Hospital to support Ivy Tech
  • WaterTower Estates | WaterTower Estates has created a limited-edition Ivy Tech Traminette – a white table wine. Ivy Tech receives a portion of the proceeds for each bottle sold.
  • 100.7 Mix FM | Brooke from the Mix Morning Show will be broadcasting live from Federal Coffee+Fine Food from 7-9 a.m. Anyone can stop by and snap a selfie for a chance to win a prize pack!

Since its founding 60 years ago, Ivy Tech has contributed to the area through education, support, and alumni continuing to give back to the area. Ivy Tech’s Terre Haute campus has contributed $1.79 million annually to the area’s economy, including a total impact of $154.4 million from alumni working in west central Indiana. With the lowest cost per credit hour in the state, 80 percent of students who graduate from Ivy Tech don’t have student debt. 

Additionally, Ivy Tech Terre Haute/Greencastle

  • Supports more than 7,000 students each academic year
  • Awards more than 1,300 credentials and certifications each year, and nearly all who graduate – 85 percent – stay in west central Indiana
  • Contributes to 1 of every 53 jobs in our region

“Our graduates are making a huge impact in communities across the state, and the possibilities ahead are exciting,” said Rachel Mullinnix, executive director of the Ivy Tech Foundation for Terre Haute/Greencastle. “From business professionals to precision agriculture specialists, Ivy Tech graduates are making a real difference across west central Indiana.” 

As a part of the Ivy Tech Foundation’s 5-year, 285 million campaign, Ivy Tech Day, is committed to raising $12 million. To date, Ivy Tech Terre Haute/Greencastle has raised $11.5 million, and Ivy Tech Day is looking to help close the gap. Thanks to donors and community partners, Ivy Tech Terre Haute/Greencastle will award more than $400,000 in scholarships to students during the 2023-24 academic year. 

In celebration of Ivy Tech Day, the Ivy Tech Foundation is encouraging everyone to wear green and share videos and photos on social media, explaining the support for Ivy Tech Day. Alumni and friends can use the hashtags #give2ivy and #growivygrow to show their support. Supporters will also be able to follow the donation progress on Facebook and Instagram.