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IVCC staff members get slimed to raise money for scholarships

IVCC staff members get slimed to raise money for scholarships

Quintin Overocker has slime poured all over himself by Shane Lange during Giving Day at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby. Collections were taken to determine who would get slimed. Overocker collected the most donations at $254.
Quintin Overocker has slime poured all over himself by Shane Lange during Giving Day at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby. Collections were taken to determine who would get slimed. Overocker collected the most donations at $254.

Quintin Overocker knew there was a one-in-four chance he'd be getting slimed Thursday.

Yet, he was surprised when the cold green goo plopped onto his head and crawled down his back.

The director of admissions, records and transfer services at Illinois Valley Community College won the slime challenge — one of the many activities during Giving Day, a fundraiser to benefit the college's foundation.

Overocker, along with IVCC staff members Vince Brolley, Promise Yong and Cynthia Cardosi vied for the "privilege" of getting dunked. Whoever raised the most donations got slimed.

Overocker raised $254 — money that will go toward student scholarships.

"It's cold," he said, wiping himself down in the college's gymnasium in front of roughly 50 to 100 attendees. "They kept it in the fridge. It also tastes like tapioca.

"This is my first time doing something like this. When I was approached, I thought this was a fun way to help the foundation, because they do so much for students."

Chemistry instructor Promise Yong was not left out. He tallied $209, close enough not to be forgotten when it came slime time.

"Oh my gosh, this is real," Yong said looking down at the white lab coat he wore for protection that was covered in slime. "My students kept making jokes about it. They wanted to see me get it."

IVCC Alumni Coordinator Janice Corrigan said the competition within the activities is what makes the fundraising effort engaging for students. Free pizza and popcorn didn't hurt, either, she said, as attendance was double for this year's event.

Giving Day also featured a doughnut eating contest, a men vs. women free throw contest and a rubber chicken bucket game — with donors making pledges for each doughnut, basket or bucket.

In the slime challenge, Overocker received a $100 donation just Thursday to put him on top.

"It's really about creating awareness of the Foundation and getting students involved in a hands-on way," Corrigan said. "We want to encourage students to give back."

IVCC President Jerry Corcoran took part in the Chuckin' Chick'n Challenge, saying he believes the Foundation's role to the college is more important than ever.

"Forty percent of our students qualify for financial aid," he said. "The endowment through the Foundation helps support scholarships that allow more students to pursue their education."

As of Thursday afternoon, Giving Day had raised $17,500 to $18,000, which included raffles and a letter writing campaign. The goal is $20,000. Last year's inaugural event netted $23,500.

Donations still are being accepted at ivcc.edu/givingday or by calling Corrigan at 815-224-0253.

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