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Elks scholarship fundraiser is Jan. 27

Jan. 6—Rushville Elks Lodge 1307 has announced plans for its annual scholarship fundraiser, an event that's open to Elks members and the general public.

The evening gets underway with an opportunity to socialize at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, in the Elks Ballroom, 223 E. Third Street.

Dinner, featuring fried chicken, pork roast, assorted sides, a dessert bar and soft drinks, will be served at 6 p.m., and a program honoring two former Rushville Consolidated High School athletic standouts will follow.

The two featured guests are Jennifer Marlow Drudge, soon to be inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, and Amy Cohee Tush, who is being inducted into the Indiana State University Hall of Fame for her cross country accomplishments. Several of their former teammates are also expected to be in attendance and will be recognized as well.

In addition, Rusty Harmeyer will be auctioning off a limited number of highly collectible sports memorabilia items.

Sponsorships are available for $300 per table (seats eight) or $30 per individual.

The Rushville Elks provides four scholarships per year to students at RCHS based on need and academics, and all proceeds from the Jan. 27 dinner will be used for that purpose.

This year's goal is $15,000; those involved are hoping to increase the amount awarded to each of the local students who receive a scholarship.

"It's very important we have a good turnout for the upcoming dinner," event organizer Dr. Steve Sickbert said. "We're pleased to be able to honor two outstanding athletes while raising money for a truly good cause, and we hope the Rush County community will help us so we can continue to help others."

Tom Stumpf, another event organizer, also commented.

"All of the money raised, 100% of it, will be used to help local students pay for additional education and related expenses following high school," he said. "I can't think of many causes that are more worthy than that."

In addition to the scholarships awarded at the local level in communities throughout the United States, the Elks National Foundation provides more than $3.64 million in college scholarships each year through its three scholarship programs.

To reserve a table or seat for this year's dinner, call the Elks at 765-938-1307, Dr. Sickbert at 765-561-0699, or Stumpf at 513-236-1495.