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Luncheon with Gov. Holcomb puts ISU over fundraising goal for Habit for Humanity

October 24, 2019

Indiana State University reached its goal of raising $60,000 for a Habitat for Humanity project after Tuesday’s luncheon with Gov. Eric Holcomb.

ISU President Deborah Curtis made the announcement at the end of an event that included a fireside chat between Curtis and Holcomb at the Hulman Memorial Student Union.

Volunteers from Indiana State University are building the Habitat for Humanity home at 1511 S. 13 ½ St. in Terre Haute. Groundbreaking was in August.

“I want to thank Gov. Holcomb for coming to campus and supporting this project — the third Habitat for Humanity home sponsored by Indiana State University,” Curtis said. “Community service is ingrained in our institution’s culture and curriculum. It’s just another way we are distinct. Our graduates take that ethic of service to others and make an impact on communities all over the state of Indiana.

“This project will also provide valuable hands-on experiences for our students in preparation for their professional careers in construction management and other fields.”

The home is for Dahlia Manalaysay and her daughters AJ and Ainsley. Dahlia is accruing time toward Habitat’s required 250 hours of “sweat equity” at the Wabash Valley Habitat ReStore.

Among the people attending the luncheon were State Sen. Jon Ford; State Rep. Alan Morrison; State Rep. Tonya Pfaff; Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett; former ISU President Daniel J. Bradley; Saint Mary of the Woods College President Dottie King; Rose Hulman Institute of Technology President Rob Coons; and Lea Anne Crooks, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College’s Terre Haute campus.

The event was sponsored by ISU and The Michael Simmons Activity Endowment. Donors included the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, Coldwell Banker Helman, Hannig Construction, Morgan Stanley, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Duke Energy, RJL Solutions, HEF Services, Faegre Baker Daniels, Indiana American Water, Terre Haute Regional Airport, Terre Haute Savings Bank and Thompson Thrift.

Near the end of the luncheon, Curtis invited her co-chair for the event, Bernice Helman, Vice President of the Coldwell Banker Helman Agency, to the stage with Nancy Rogers, ISU’s Vice President for University Engagement, and Heidi Mitchell, Executive Director of Wabash Valley Habitat for Humanity.

They had a gift to give Gov. Holcomb. But it wasn’t for him. It was for his mother, Marcia, a 1963 graduate of Indiana State University.

“Please take this special Sycamore leaf to her to remind her of her days at Indiana State and let her know that we would be happy to host her on our campus any time,” Curtis said.

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