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Halloween Fun Run Funds Student Emergency Scholarships

Posted On September 18, 2017

Press release from Ivy Tech Community College

The Ivy Tech Community College Monster Mash Dash 5K is scheduled for Saturday, October 28 in Lawrenceburg. File photo.

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – The Ivy Tech Foundation, in partnership with the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, is encouraging community members to lace up their running shoes and put on their best Halloween costumes for the 3rd annual Monster Mash Dash 5K Run/Walk to help Ivy Tech students who face personal emergencies.

The Monster Mash Dash, a family friendly Halloween fun run, will begin at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 28 in downtown Lawrenceburg. The 5K starts at the Clock Tower on Walnut Street outside the Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg Riverfront campus and will provide an enjoyable morning walk or run along the scenic Ohio River.

Proceeds benefit the Emergency Scholarship Fund, which assists Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg students who have experienced personally challenging situations, such as house fires, floods, loss of employment, or discontinuation of utility services.

“The needs of Ivy Tech students sometimes extend beyond the classroom, but their desire to continue their education endures,” said Andrea McDole, Director of Resource Development for the Ivy Tech Foundation. “The Emergency Scholarship Fund enables the Ivy Tech Foundation to give students facing personal challenges the helping hand they need to succeed in their studies.”

Scholarships will be given to help students in need cover their tuition or book fees. Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg serves about 1,200 students.

“The Emergency Scholarship Fund provides students with vital assistance that could determine whether they are able to finish their college degree,” Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg Chancellor Mark Graver said. “We greatly appreciate the community’s support of the Ivy Tech Foundation and this meaningful scholarship fund.”

Registration for the Monster Mash Dash is online at https://connect.ivytech.edu/monster-mash-dash-5k. Registration before Oct. 6 is $20 and includes a dri-fit event T-shirt. After Oct. 6, registration is $25 and an event shirt is not guaranteed. Ivy Tech students can register at any time for $15.

Medals will be given to first, second, and third place overall winners as well as to the top three finishers in each age group. Door prizes and other fun activities are also planned. Costumes are not required for the Monster Mash Dash but are encouraged.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m. childcare and fun activities for children ages 2 and over, will be offered for a cost of $3 per child for children whose parents or caregivers are participating in the 5K run/walk. A free kids’ fun run will be held at 10 a.m. for children ages 6 and younger with participation medals awarded to all children.