September 18, 2013 | 10:11 AM
The Washington County Family YMCA announced last week that Indiana University head basketball coach Tom Crean will be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser banquet at Salem High School on Monday evening, Oct. 21, at 6:30.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for the Southern Indiana community to gather to listen to a great speaker and leader," Ryan Penrod, executive director of the Washington County Family YMCA, said. "The Y will use this event as a kick-off to the campaign for future capital improvements."
Crean, who is entering his sixth season as Indiana coach, has led the Hoosiers to consecutive Sweet 16 appearances and a 56-16 record during the past two seasons. His guidance of the Indiana program to success from "unthinkable depths" is regarded as one of the most remarkable rebuilding projects in NCAA basketball history.
This past season the Hoosiers won their first outright Big Ten regular season title in 20 years and garnered a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, also their first in 20 years.
In 2012, Crean was named the Sporting News Big Ten Coach of the Year and the ESPN.com National Coach of the Year.
The general public is invited to attend this event with Crean. Tickets, which are $40 and will go on sale Friday, can be purchased at the Washington County Family YMCA or by calling 1-812-883-8495. Tickets will also be available at Mid-Southern Savings Bank, First Harrison Bank, all three Washington County PNC Bank locations and First Savings Bank.
Event sponsorships and special preferred seating is also available for the fundraiser. To be a Foul Shot Sponsor, tables of four are available at $250 each. The 3-Point Sponsor is a table for eight at $500 each. A Championship Sponsorship for two tables of eight is available for $1,500.
To reserve a table or for more information, call Robin Deaton at 1-812-525-9772 or Kristi Noel at 1-812-528-0864.
The Washington County Family YMCA is located at 1709 N. Shelby St.