500 Festival and Marlyne Sexton Add to 500 Festival Princess Program Scholarship Fund

500 Festival and Marlyne Sexton Add to 500 Festival Princess Program Scholarship Fund

Wed, 2017-03-15

INDIANAPOLIS (March 15, 2017) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the legacy of the Indianapolis 500, today announces a partnership with Marlyne Sexton of the Sexton Companies to create additional funding for the 500 Festival Princess Program, presented by Reis-Nichols.

In 2015, with Marlyne’s support, the 500 Festival added a $1,000 scholarship for every Princess selected to the program. Prior to 2015, only the Princess selected as the 500 Festival Queen received a scholarship. In an effort to raise awareness of the program and solicit additional support, Marlyne is challenging others to contribute to the 500 Festival Princess Program scholarships and has committed to match donations dollar for dollar up to a total of $33,000 in 2017.

“This program is very dear to me as I have witnessed the value for young female leaders in our state,” Sexton said. “The 500 Festival has done a remarkable job transforming the program into a very current and relevant opportunity for young women. In essence, these young women are redefining the meaning of the word princess and I could not be happier to support the program while encouraging others to do the same.”

Since 1958, the 500 Festival Princess Program has celebrated Indiana’s up-and-coming, college-aged leaders. Nearly 2000 women have been impacted by the program to date.

Each year, 33 of Indiana’s most civic-minded, academically driven young women are selected to serve as 500 Festival Princesses. Serving as a 500 Festival Princess provides young women with countless opportunities for leadership and professional development, including involvement with the 500 Festival’s statewide community outreach programs, volunteering at the 500 Festival events and participating in various Indianapolis Motor Speedway functions, including the pre-race ceremonies and Victory Circle celebration for the Indianapolis 500. 

“The 500 Festival Princess Program is anything but a pageant,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “With the support of the 500 Festival Board of Directors and the 500 Festival Foundation Board of Directors, we have continued to grow the program as an enriching opportunity for women in Indiana colleges and universities to gain valuable experiences in leadership development, civic engagement, scholarship, mentoring and community service. We are determined to ensure a diverse group of young future leaders have a rewarding experience while also serving as ambassadors of the 500 Festival and Indy 500 around the state of Indiana.”

Funding Info

If you would like to donate, please do so by submitting donations to the 500 Festival Foundation earmarked for the 500 Festival Princess Program. Donations to the 500 Festival Foundation are fully tax deductible. The matching challenge will be applied dollar for dollar up to $33,000 for donations received by June 9, 2017.  

To learn more about the 500 Festival Princess Program, please visit: https://www.500festival.com/princessprogram.

Support of the 500 Festival Princess Program is provided by: Reis-Nichols, BKD, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Vera Bradley, RaeLynn’s Boutique, Nicole Bryan Salon, The Sanctuary on Penn, and the 500 Festival Foundation. 

To learn more about 500 Festival’s events and programs, please visit www.500festival.com.


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 that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and foster 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 $400 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.


About Marlyne Sexton and Sexton Companies

The Sexton Companies’ long history as a builder and developer began in 1962 when the Sexton Companies built Fisher Apartments in Speedway, Indiana and rented every apartment in the first weekend of business! Since then, thousands of apartment homes have been built in numerous communities from central Ohio and Indiana to Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. The Sexton Companies are also responsible for developing two of the largest apartment communities built in Indiana at approximately fourteen hundred apartments each. Our focus has always been to build timeless, well-crafted and designed apartment homes that will transcend building trends in the decades to come. The result has been consistently accepted by our residents thanks to our superior all brick construction and comfortable interiors with modern amenities. It is our wish that you build on your history in a Sexton apartment home. 



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