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Annual SPJ Fundraiser

On April 6, 2011, the IUP chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists held its fifth annual benefit fundraiser at the Brown Hotel in downtown Indiana.

Performers included headliner Jeff Kelley, an award-winning bluesman from Clymer; former IUP SPJ president Mike Wilson; and founding IUP SPJ president Bill Harder. Proceeds from the annual benefit go to the Bill Harder Scholarship Fund, created to provide financial support for SPJ members who seek to further their academic and professional careers by attending conferences and workshops.

Jeff KelleyBluesman performer Jeff Kelley

Photo by David Loomis

Bill HarderFormer IUP president Bill Harder on blues harp

Photo by David Loomis

Mike  WilsonFormer IUP SPJ president Mike Wilson on guitar

Photo by David Loomis

HarderSajdakBuschKelleyLoomisSPJ’s third annual benefit at the Brown Hotel kicked off on March 27, 2010, with award-winning bluesman Jeff Kelley, right foreground, accompanied by Scott Sajdak, center foreground.

They were backed by SPJ faculty adviser Dave Loomis, left, on guitar; Ray’s Firecracker Grits alumni Bill Harder, former SPJ president, on harmonica; Dave Busch, on bass; and Nate Rugger on drums.

Photo by Reed Bonnet

SchaeferTheBrownSPJ member Natalie-Mae Schaefer solos a cappella at the SPJ benefit at the Brown Hotel, Feb. 7, 2009.

Photo by Alice Bonamy

HarderBill Harder takes a solo during the third annual SPJ benefit at the Brown Hotel, Feb. 7, 2009.

Photo by Alice Bonamy

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