August 10, 2021

Remembering Bob Jenkins

We are saddened by the loss of longtime friend and supporter of the 500 Festival, Bob Jenkins. A lifelong race fan and legendary Indianapolis 500 broadcaster, Bob’s voice became the signature sound of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway each May. Bob passed away at the age of 73 on Monday, August 9, after an 8-month battle …

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May 29, 2021

2021 Marlyne Sexton 500 Festival Queen Scholar Award Recipient

On Saturday, May 22, the 2021 Marlyne Sexton 500 Festival Queen Scholar was awarded to Janae Quinn during the Breakfast at the Brickyard ceremony. Prior to 2015, only the woman selected as the 500 Festival Queen Scholar received a scholarship. In 2019, Marlyne Sexton made a generous commitment to the 500 Festival Foundation to establish …

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May 25, 2021

Going the Extra Mile: A Journey of Growth

by Kayla Vasilko My collective experience in the Festival 500 Princess Program can be summarized by two incredible quotes about self-growth and self-belief.  Carrie Fisher once said, “Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually, the confidence will follow.”  …

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May 24, 2021

Going the Extra Mile: Outreach Opportunities

by Kayla Vasilko As equally as the incredibly welcoming Panel Discussions and supportive atmosphere, the opportunity to dedicate me to community outreach has been one of my favorite aspects of the 500 Festival Princess Program. I have participated in many different community service opportunities throughout my life that I am very proud to have had …

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May 14, 2021

Going the Extra Mile: Princess Panel Discussions

by Kayla Vasilko My entire experience with the 500 Festival Princess Program has been centered around the theme of going the extra mile. Even before I joined the program, I always strove to be innovative, get involved in the community, and create new initiatives whenever I saw a need. But at various points during those …

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April 13, 2021

A Special Thanks to Princess Program Partners

On Saturday, April 10th, the 500 Festival Princesses visited Khamis Fine Jewelers to pick up their custom 2021 500 Festival Princess Program Pendant and receive their $1,000 scholarship, made possible by Marlyne Sexton, an Indianapolis philanthropist and president of The Sextoxn Companies, and the 500 Festival Foundation. During the event, the 500 Festival Princesses were …

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April 9, 2021

Khamis Fine Jewelers Unveils the 2021 500 Festival Princess Program Pendant 

The 500 Festival Princess Program, presented by The National Bank of Indianapolis, celebrates Indiana’s most civic-minded, academically driven young women. Each year, 33 college-aged women are selected as 500 Festival Princesses and serve as ambassadors of the 500 Festival, their hometowns, and their colleges/universities.     Serving as a 500 Festival Princess provides young women with once-in-a-life-time …

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April 1, 2021

2021 Kickoff to May Coloring Contest Entry Rules

2021 500 Festival Kickoff to May Coloring Contest, presented by STAR Bank Entry Rules   The contest is open to children ages 12 and under as of May 6, 2021. Void where prohibited.  No purchase necessary to participate or win.  Only Indiana residents may win.  Some entries will be on public display (without contact information).  Contest begins April 1, 2021 at …

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