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    Several years ago, local sculptor Dave Layman worked swim meets at Mishawaka High School (MHS). This was also the time when Mike Faulkner was the Assistant Athletic Director at MHS. They began talking about the history and tradition of MHS. Through these conversations, Mike mentioned to Dave how great it would be to have a lifesize caveman statue at MHS. In 2022, when Mike was battling cancer, Dave took the time to talk with him about what he would like the caveman statue to look like. From Mike's vision, Dave has designed the Caveman.

    Although Mike is gone, we want his vision to live on. Friends and colleagues from School City of Mishawaka, Mishawaka Parks Department, and the community are working together to make the Caveman a reality. In order to make this lifesize bronze statue come to life, we have put together a special concert event to raise the funds needed. As you may know, Mike was given the nickname "Beef" many years ago. What would be a more fitting name for an event to honor Mike's vision than to have a Beef Bash. All proceeds and donations from the Beef Bash will go towards fulfilling Mike Faulkner’s vision of a Caveman statue placed outside of Mishawaka High School.

    The statue will be life sized. His body will be around 6’ tall and he will stand upright with his arm extended upward and will also be holding a club, very similar to the logo that is commonly used for MHS. The total height of the statue is estimated to be 10’. With the funds raised from the Beef Bash, the statue will be placed at Mishawaka High School on the west side in the new dropoff/pickup drive. The target for placement is in late Spring so the Caveman would be in place in time for graduation.

    Are you interested in being a sponsor for Beef Bash? There are four sponsorship levels available:

    • $5,000: "Prime" Presenting Sponsor
      Social Media, Banner, Video Board, Name on Beef Bash Shirt

    • $1,000: "Choice" Sponsor
      Banner, Video Board, Name on Beef Bash Shirt

    • $500: "Select" Sponsor
      Banner and Name on Beef Bash Shirt

    • $250: "Standard" Sponsor
      Name on Beef Bash Shirt

    To become a sponsor, call or text 574-255-1300 or email huppertd@mishawaka.k12.in.us.

    Are you ready to experience Beef Bash?

    • DATE: September 30, 2023
    • TIME: Gates open at 4PM, Lakebed 5PM-7PM, Size Matters 8PM-10PM
    • LOCATION: Ironworks Plaza (by the ice rink downtown Mishawaka)
    • TICKETS: $20 (go on sale September 1 at 9AM)
    • FOOD & DRINKS: There will be food trucks and cash bars ($7/drink or 3 drinks for $20) available on site
      • Food Trucks from Prized Pig, Roundbelly's Pizza, and AngLes Bar & Grill
    • 2 BANDS: Lakebed and Size Matters
    • BEEF BASH GEAR: T-shirts ($20) and sweatshirts ($30) with the Beef Bash logo will be available onsite (while supplies last)
    • PLEASE NOTE: Bring your own chairs, no outside food or drinks, no refunds

    Tickets can be purchased with a credit card at the link below or with cash at the School City of Mishawaka Administration Center (Monday-Friday 8AM-4PM).

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    If you are not able to make it to Beef Bash but would like to make a donation to help make Mike's vision of the Caveman statue a reality, we will begin taking donations starting September 1. 

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    Make sure to follow our special Beef Bash Facebook page to stay up to date on event information. In honor of our friend Mike Faulkner, make sure to use #BeefStrong when sharing information about Beef Bash.

    Have questions, comments, or media requests? Please contact Jennifer Smith at smithje@mishawaka.k12.in.us.

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