Chamber Scholarship Foundation Prepares for Punkin’ Chunkin’ Fundraiser
During Murphy Maize Days, on Sept. 28, 2019, at the pond at Murphy Central Park, Murphy Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Foundation will be offering the very popular activity, Punkin’ Chunkin’ sponsored by Sam Pack Auto Group. This event is the flagship fundraiser for the Foundation.
In addition to Punkin’ Chunkin’, there are two other fun fundraising activities that Maize Days attendees can participate in at Punkin’ Place. There is Punkin’ Paintin’ (sponsored by Pinot’s Palette – Garland) and Punkin’ Pullin’ (sponsored by First Baptist Murphy). These two activities coupled with the funds raised from Punkin’ Chunkin’ brought in a total of $5,500 last year.
Funds raised for these events came in two forms. One form was by attendees paying to participate in one or more of the activities. The other form was by corporate sponsorships.
Currently, there are five businesses signed up to sponsor Punkin’ Chunkin’. Those sponsors include Allstate - Zane Shepherd, State Farm – Jon Lashbrook, Steve Dault Financial Advisor, TJ Ahmed – Jack in the Box and Ben Cooper – Fantastic Sams.
The cost to be a sponsor of this fundraiser that benefits college-bound Murphy students, is $250. The $250 will include the business name on an individual yard sign placed near Punkin’ Chunkin’, the business name on all media releases leading up the event and $10 gifts which will be given to participants who successfully launch their punkin’ into one of many donut inflatables that will be floating in the pond.
Jon Lashbrook, Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Foundation member has sponsored Punkin’ Chunkin’ since the inaugural year. He said, “Murphy has been great to me for over 20 years, and the Scholarship Foundation and Punkin' Chunkin' is how I've chosen to give back.”
Since the Murphy Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Foundation was incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit in 2006, it has given away $94,000 to 60 Murphy students. (When the scholarship recipients are awarded in 2020, that total will be over $100K.) The number of scholarships, as well as the amount of each scholarship, has increased over the years. Currently, six Murphy students are each awarded a $1,500 scholarship.