Pumpkin Smash for STEAM Cash

Join us for the’ 3rd Annual fundraiser ‘Pumpkin Smash for STEAM Cash’ presented by Half Liter & Broad Ripple Kiwanis!

Our annual Pumpkin Smash for STEAM Cash has been a big success, with a great crowds of attendees destroying pumpkins, drinking beer, enjoying the kid’s craft room, listening to live music and raising a wonderful amount of funds for Midtown IPS School projects! Save the date for another round of pumpkin destruction for a great cause!

WHEN: Sunday, October 22, 2023, 2-6pm

WHERE: Half Liter BBQ & Beer Hall, 5301 Winthrop Ave suite b, Indianapolis, IN 46220

WHAT: our annual Fall fundraiser that is all about having fun with pumpkins and raising money for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) activities at Midtown IPS Schools!

FREE ENTRY – we’ll raise funds in the following ways:

  • DINE TO DONATE! Tell your server you’re here for Pumpkin Smash, and Half Liter will donate a portion of sales to Broad Ripple Kiwanis!
  • ONLINE AUCTION: premium auction prizes to bid on! Online bidding will go live in the fall closer to the date!
    • $20 Pumpkin Toss from a Lift! For Adults 18+ Take a ride on the construction lift and toss a pumpkin onto our target below!
    • $5 Pumpkin Smashing with a Mallet! For All Ages. Take a satisfying wack at a pumpkin and show that gourd who’s boss!

This is a FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT! There will be a kid’s area with free activities like painting pumpkins. There will also be a live animal show by Silly Safari!

Dress in your most creative outfit for the COSTUME PARADE!

Enjoy LIVE MUSIC by local bands!

“Think about when you were a kid going to school, going on field trips. That was pretty influential. Imagine never going on a field trip.”

Suzannah hobley, pumpkin smash chair

This event allows the club to provide neighborhoods schools with everything from robotics and Lego clubs, graphing calculators to art supplies and drum-line equipment. “We try to do projects that will influence the most amount of kids,” says Suzannah Hobley, Pumpkin Smash chair. “We also provide transportation for field trips. There’s no money in the school budget for that. Think about when you were a kid going to school, going on field trips. That was pretty influential. Imagine never going on a field trip. It blows my mind.”

The proceeds from Pumpkin Smash will benefit many of the following Midtown IPS Schools that have partnered with BR Kiwanis in recent years: IPS #43 James Whitcomb Riley School, IPS #48 Louis B. Russell School, IPS #55 Butler Lab School, IPS #59 Merle Sidener Gifted Academy, IPS #91 Rousseau McClellan School, Purdue Polytechnic High School and Shortridge High School.

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