The O’Bannon Institute fundraising dinner, scheduled for Thursday, April 21 with Lee H. Hamilton, is sold out. The event will seat more than 350 people in Ivy Tech’s newly-built Shreve Hall. Though tickets are sold out for the Hamilton event, there is still time for volunteers and community partners to sign on for the Day of Service challenge taking place on Friday, April 22.

In the spirit of this year’s event theme, “How Community Works and Why You Should Care,” Ivy Tech Bloomington is doing something different with the annual Day of Service. “We have set an ambitious goal to reach 1000 volunteer hours in one day and we need the community’s help to do it,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “We invite others to sign on with the nearly 115 individual volunteers and eight business partners that have already committed to lending a hand and helping us reach our goal.”

Volunteers, and others, are invited to a kick-off and continental breakfast on Friday, April 22 starting at 8:30 a.m., featuring Judy O’Bannon. Participants in the Day of Service challenge will receive an O’Bannon Institute T-shirt before they head out to volunteer. Volunteers are encouraged to share photos on social media with #IvyTech1000Hours.

There are two ways to join Ivy Tech’s 1,000 hours of service challenge. To volunteer in an Ivy Tech organized project, visit and click Day of Service. You can also make your own plans with an organization that needs your help on Friday, April 22, and then report your plans and log your hours at

Top sponsors of this year’s event include American Structurepoint, Inc., Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, Cook Medical, The Herald-Times, Ivy Tech Foundation and Smithville Fiber.

The O’Bannon Institute for Community Service ( at Ivy Tech Bloomington was established in 2004 as an annual opportunity for the community to come together to discuss issues of importance. Previous speakers at the Institute include U.S. senators, Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, governors, political advisers and columnists, presidential candidate George McGovern, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, former first lady of the United States Laura W. Bush, Ret. General Colin Powell and last year, humanitarian Bob Geldof.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.