Bethel to Host Basketball Fundraiser with Local Celebrities

Bethel College will host the fifth annual Luvability in Action Basketball Fundraiser on May 15 at 7 p.m. in Wiekamp Gymnasium. Admission is a $5 donation.

The teams will be featuring Luvability clients as well as: Mishawaka Mayor Jeff Rea; International Motivational Speaker Charlie Adams; Bethel players ─ Ryne Lightfoot and NAIA Player of the Year William Walker; Penn High School’s JD Gebbie and Alex Marsh; former Notre Dame basketball players Harold Swanagan and Tom Timmermans; WSBT-TV’s Kirk Mason along with local businessmen.

The fundraising game holds two purposes says Luvability Director Linda VanDyke. “It’s a basketball game for persons with disabilities to enjoy the sounds, movement and color for the night and to recognize that we all belong to a community.”

The second purpose is to raise funds for Luvability Ministries. In 2008, nearly 6,000 people were served through this ministry.

For more information about the fundraiser contact, Bethel Conference Services at 574. 807.7618.

Luvability Ministries is a nonprofit organization that offers Christian opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities and training for those who care for them. It is an effort to communicate the love of God to people with disabilities. This is done mainly through our Worship Arts service where our 16-member team encourages and shares their faith in Jesus Christ with the congregation. For more information about the organization, visit

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 20 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.