INDIANAPOLIS (April 27, 2016) – The 500 Gives Back Committee, part of the 100th Running Host Committee, has awarded $50,000 in grants to twelve Indiana community organizations. The grants are intended to turbo charge new or established events, programs or place-making that will enrich the lives of Hoosiers and leverage the celebration around the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
The 500 Gives Back review panel awarded twelve grants to organizations that demonstrated plans integrating 100th Running celebrations into new or existing events, activities or programs that support the Host Committee’s mission to create a lasting legacy within Indiana by lifting up organizations that heighten civic pride, create cultural connections, foster social engagement and stimulate education.
“The 100th Running Host Committee has involved countless hours of volunteer support to create memorable moments in this epic year,” said Bob Bryant, president & CEO, 500 Festival. “The 500 Gives Back Committee, led by committee chair Shelley Hunter, is very excited to play a part in extending the impact of the 100th Running Host Committee by empowering other community and civic organizations to leverage this historic occasion in their own unique ways. All of the organizations receiving grants showed a passion for creative and meaningful executions.”
The following organizations received grants of various sizes totaling $50,000:
- Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will offer a car racing-themed film series on May 27-28, 2016 to celebrate the 100th running of the Indy 500 and the 100th anniversary of the Hilbert Circle Theatre. Additionally, the ISO will offer over 750 tickets free of charge to student musicians participating in the IPL 500 Festival Parade.
- Indianapolis City Market plans to turn both City Market and the Original Farmers’ Market into a grand 100th Running celebration that bolsters civic pride and creates cultural connections among market-goers and passers-by.
- St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf will build a STEM Garden Project incorporating an Indy 500 Race theme with interactive racing / race car elements.
- Indiana Recycling Coalition plans to enhance its Lend-A-Bin program at 500 Festival events.
- East Tenth United Methodist Children and Youth Center will host the Little Dove 500, a tricycle race for preschoolers, with an Indy 500 theme and decorations.
- Conner Prairie Museum, Inc. will celebrate and promote the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 by connecting museum visitors to an important story from Indiana history – the 1st Running of the Indianapolis 500.
- Masterworks Chorale, Inc will offer a free concert event called “Middletown USA,” inspired by the sesquicentennial of Muncie and the bicentennial of Indiana. The concert will be inspired by Muncie’s numerous connections to the history of the Indy 500.
- Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting d/b/a WFYI Public Media will leverage two of WFYI’s local assets: the long-time public affairs program, “No Limits” and the recently introduced “Speak Up” phone booth, to promote a “My 500” campaign throughout May that will connect listeners and gather personal stories of how the race has impacted the lives of Hoosiers, and record a lasting legacy of the 100th running.
- Children’s Bureau, Inc will host “500 Hours of Hoosier Pride!” In celebration of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, children residing in the children’s shelter located at the Gene Glick Family Support Center will dedicate time to learning about Indiana’s rich history each day from May 1st to May 21st.
- Project Purse Indianapolis plans to institute a public drive for 500 purses and products on Monument Circle during the month of May, benefitting women in need.
- Stutz Artists Association will present an exhibition called “Look Back the Fast Forward” to be held in the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery during the month of May. The exhibition will feature historic photos of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race through the years, a collection of contemporary fine art on the subject of auto racing, and children’s photos of speed and motion.
- tmp enterprises, inc d/b/a/Joy’s House will program adult day services that celebrate the Indy 500 throughout the month of May, bringing the celebration to Joy’s House Guests who are no longer able to visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in person.
The 100th Running Host Committee is part of the 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs celebrating the legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and fostering a positive impact throughout the Hoosier state, working in tandem with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame museum. The Host Committee includes 12 full volunteer committees and 40 sub-committees with hundreds of enthusiastic community volunteers. These individuals are charged with working together to celebrate and leverage the 100th Running by enhancing the quality of life for all Hoosiers, elevating the image of the State of Indiana, heightening civic pride, creating cultural connection, enabling social impact and stimulating education.
For more information on the 500 Gives Back grant recipients, the 100th Running Host Committee and a list of upcoming events, go to: www.500Festival.com/100thRunning or search #100RunningHC on social media.
The 100th Running Host Committee is made possible through generous contributions from Indiana businesses and foundations. Current donors include: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield; Bill Estes Automotive; BKD, LLP; Browning; Centaur Gaming; CNO Financial Group; CSO Architects, Inc.; Duke Realty; Eli Lilly and Company; Emmis Communications; F.A. Wilhelm Construction Company; Fastrac Solutions Inc.; Finish Line; Hulman & Company Foundation, Inc.; IGT Indiana; iHeartMedia; Indiana Economic Development Corporation; Indiana Chemical Trust; Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever; Indiana University Health; Indianapolis Colts; Indianapolis Power & Light Company; JPMorgan Chase; JW Marriott Indianapolis; KAR Auction Services; Kathy and Al Hubbard; Kite Realty Group; LDI, Ltd. / Lacy Foundation; Lucas Oil Products; MacAllister Machinery Co.; Monarch Beverage, Inc.; PNC Bank, N.A.; Salesforce; Sport Graphics; St. Elmo Steak House / Harry & Izzy’s ; St. Vincent; The Heritage Group; The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF Affiliate ; Vectren Corporation; Venture Logistics; Visit Indy and Zink Distributing Company.
2016 is a once-in-a-generation year for Hoosiers. Along with the 100th Running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, the State will celebrate its bicentennial, the 60th IPL 500 Festival Parade and the 40th OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. Hoosiers and racing fans will also mark 50 years of Team Penske in racing.
About the 500 Festival
Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces more than 50 life-enriching events and programs while celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and fostering positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $350 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com, follow us on Twitter @500festival, or on Facebook.