HU announces foundation Fund Drive annual dinner

On September 29, the Huntington University Foundation will host its Fund Drive Annual Dinner at 6:00 p.m. with featured speakers Richard and Jenna Strick, along with local Huntington University students.

The dinner will be held in the Habecker Dining Commons banquet room with a reception at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend, but reservations are required.

“The Huntington University Foundation annual dinner is a great evening that brings together the HU students and the community who support the students through scholarship dollars,” said Holly Sale, Foundation president. “This year’s dinner will focus on impactful life stories as we combine the Annual Fund Drive with the Annual Dinner for a testimonial, fundraising event that will help support our local students with grants and scholarships. The mission of the Foundation is all about supporting the student experience, Huntington University and the community.”

The evening’s featured speakers are husband and wife, Richard and Jenna Strick. Richard serves as the senior pastor at St. Peter’s First Community Church in Huntington and Jenna serves as social justice outreach & development coordinator at Victory Noll Center in Huntington. They are both HU alumni, Richard graduating in 2005 and Jenna 2006. Originally from Michigan and Pennsylvania respectively, they decided to stay and make Huntington their home. Their testimony will inspire and challenge us as they share about their long-standing service to the Huntington community and the impact that HU and the people of Huntington have had on their lives. Local Huntington University students will share their testimonies of faith and perseverance in an age that continues to discount Christian values. Also at the dinner will be the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award to an individual or company whose life or mission embodies the very principles associated with the mission of Huntington University.

Reservations for the dinner must be made by September 23 to Barb Baker at (260) 359-4069 or The cost is $50 per person, or tables of eight may be reserved for $350. A portion of the cost to attend directly supports local students attending HU through the Huntington County Grant. Payment should be sent to the Huntington University Foundation, 2303 College Ave., Huntington, IN 46750.

The foundation was created in 1938 by Jacob L. Brenn, Fred A. Loew and local business leaders. Today, the foundation continues to serve the community and the university by generating financial resources, raising awareness of the university, assisting in the recruitment of students from the county, enhancing the educational experience of students, and facilitating opportunities for students to remain in the area after graduation.