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Pumpkin Smash for STEAM Cash

Calling all Pumpkin lovers, haters and anyone who likes a SATISFYING SMASH!

Sunday, Oct. 20th will be our 4th Annual Fall Fundraiser Pumpkin Smash for STEAM Cash presented by Half Liter!

This event is always a big success for our community, and we hope you’ll help make this year another one. A large crowd of all ages flocks to Half Liter’s outdoor beer garden for a fun Fall afternoon filled with pumpkin destruction, delicious bbq, kid’s crafts, auction bidding, live music and more. All for a great cause!

WHO: Broad Ripple Kiwanis Annual Fundraiser

WHAT: A Fall pumpkin-themed event raising $ for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) education at Midtown IPS

WHEN: Sunday, October 20, 2023, 2-6pm

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

FREE ADMISSION – Everyone is welcome! We raise funds in the following ways:

  1. DINE TO DONATE! Tell your server you’re there for Pumpkin Smash, and Half Liter will donate a portion of sales to Broad Ripple Kiwanis!
    • Pumpkin Toss from a Lift – $20 Ticket – Adults 18+ – Ride up our construction lift & toss a pumpkin down to it’s smashing demise!
    • Pumpkin Smashing – $5 Ticket – All Ages – Wack a pumpkin with a mallet & show that gourd who’s boss!
  3. ONLINE AUCTION: premium auction prizes to bid on! Online bidding will go live closer to the event date!
  4. T-SHIRT SALES: Buy an exclusive Pumpkin Smash t-shirt at the event. Every year it’s a different design!


  • FREE Kid’s Crafts and Activities
  • LIVE Music by local Indianapolis musicians


Broad Ripple Kiwanis Pumpkin Smash is our largest fundraiser every year for Midtown IPS STEAM (Steam, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities or programs. Studies show STEAM curriculim is so vital for enriching children’s education, expanding their minds, sparking creativity, preparing them for the future and connecting them with their community. Broad Ripple Kiwanis is a 501(c)3 local service organization founded in 1987 with a core mission to help local students succeed, and our projects impact kids of all ages & socio-economic backgrounds.

Funds raised go to any Midtown Indianapolis Public School that needs help with a STEAM project! Over the years, Kiwanis has assisted with monetary contributions and service projects at the following IPS Schools: #43, 48, 55, 91, 59, Shortridge & Purdue Polytechnic High School:

  • Lego clubs, Robotics clubs, Coding camps, Science camps
  • STEAM activity supplies and technology support
  • Art project supplies, instruments and costumes for programs
  • Field trips and after-care programs with AYS or Jordan YMCA
  • STEAM-related tutoring
  • and many more!

Reach out to Broad Ripple Kiwanis to request our aid for a future STEAM-related project at your school!

We hope you’ll join us and make our cause to support local students and teachers a priority. Help us prepare kids for the future!

“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.”

See a full list of recent of projects that BR Kiwanis funded last year at Midtown Indianapolis Public Schools!

Do you want BR Kiwanis to help fund or volunteer on a STEAM-related project at your Midtown IPS School?

Reach out to Broad Ripple Kiwanis to request our aid!

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