2017 Volunteer Awards

2017 Volunteer Awards

 

The 500 Festival relies on thousands of volunteers to help us produce life-enriching events and programs that create an exciting and impactful community-led road to the Indianapolis 500. Our 2017 Volunteer Award Winners went above and beyond, demonstrating dedication, selflessness and a commitment to excellence – true hallmarks of Hoosier hospitality and spirit. Get to know this year’s award recipients!

Rhonda Smith – Volunteer of the Year

Rhonda was named Volunteer of the Year for her continued encouragement and management of the OneAmerica Pit Stations for the Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy, and the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

Chris Morris – Outstanding New Volunteer of the Year

Chris was named Outstanding New Volunteer of the Year due to his incredible enthusiasm at Study Trips for the Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health

Lydia Boyer – Unsung Hero

Lydia was named Unsung Hero thanks to her willingness to step up at the JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day, filling in as a spoke captain

Pam Ernsting – Unsung Hero

Pam was named Unsung Hero thanks to her willingness to help with volunteer check-in at the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

Staci Finney – Unsung Hero

Stacy was named Unsung Hero for continuing to go above and beyond as the chair of the Start Line Committee

Melanie Hegerfield – Unsung Hero

Melanie was named Unsung Hero for her flexibility and willingness to help resolve parking issues at the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

Adrianne Johnson – Unsung Hero

Adrianne was named Unsung Hero for always being open to do more than expected with a smile on her face

Janet Moore – Unsung Hero

Janet was named Unsung Hero for her great attitude in helping with running events

James Poore – Unsung Hero

James was named Unsung Hero for spending several days in the rain setting up for the 500 Festival Post Race Party in Military Park while keeping a positive attitude

Ashley Westfall – Unsung Hero

Ashley was named Unsung Hero for always going above and beyond in her roles with the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, the 500 Festival Memorial Service, presented by Rolls-Royce, and the IPL 500 Festival Parade