Ivy Tech exceeds fundraising goal by millions

2013-07-18T19:45:00Z 2013-07-18T23:11:25Z Ivy Tech exceeds fundraising goal by millionsCarmen McCollum carmen.mccollum@nwi.com, (219) 662-5337 nwitimes.com

MICHIGAN CITY | Ivy Tech Community College Northwest far exceeded its regional campaign goal, raising $7.2 million since it began its first regionwide capital campaign in 2009.

That's almost $3 million more than the original campaign goal of $4.5 million. That includes donations, pledges, cash and in kind support.

The announcement was made Thursday at the college's regional capital campaign celebration at Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City.

During her overview of the campaign, Cindy Hall, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech, said the campaign survived — and even thrived — during the storm of a downed economy and other challenges.

"Together, we have changed our community through the Ivy Tech Northwest capital campaign," she said. "We thank our supporters, who answered the call to 'Changing Lives ... Making Indiana Great.' We have accomplished great things together, and with your help will continue to build on our success for the future."

Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder said the campaign's success was driven by Hall and her team. He also said he wanted to see the Michigan City campus continue to grow, attracting and graduating even more students. Enrollment at the Michigan City campus is 1,515 students.

Tim Stoner, chair of the Ivy Tech Northwest board, said the college is reaching a total of 15,000 students in the Northwest Region.

Stoner thanked all supporters and offered a special thank you to the Foundations of East Chicago, which gave a $2 million gift to the Ivy Tech campus in East Chicago. He also commended Dr. Rade and Mrs. Leslie Pejic, who contributed $2.7 million to the Michigan City campus.

Russ Taylor, with the Foundations of East Chicago, said, "If it were not for the dedicated staff at the East Chicago campus, we might not have given $2 million to the East Chicago campus. Thanks for the support you have given to Louis Gonzalez."

Gonzalez is vice chancellor of the East Chicago campus.

Thomas Coley, chancellor of the college's Northwest/North Central Region, said the community had been very generous. He thanked everyone involved.

"I also want to recognize the work of (retired) Chancellor Lupe Valtierra," Coley said. "We've hit a milestone, but now we must continue."

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