500 Festival Announces Citizens Energy Group as Presenting Sponsor of the 500 Festival Volunteer Program

500 Festival Announces Citizens Energy Group as Presenting Sponsor of the 500 Festival Volunteer Program

Wed, 2012-02-15 08:49

INDIANAPOLIS (February 15, 2012) – Citizens Energy Group becomes the presenting sponsor for the award-winning 500 Festival Volunteer Program.

“Citizens Energy Group and the 500 Festival share a commitment of serving our community,” said Kirk Hendrix, President and CEO, 500 Festival. “We are pleased to be working with this wonderful organization to help others give back to the community and experience a 55-year tradition in Indianapolis.”

“Volunteerism is a way of life at Citizens Energy Group,” said Carey Lykins, President and CEO of Citizens Energy Group. “Each year, hundreds of our employees donate their time and energy in order to give back to the community. Because of this, we are proud to sponsor a program that promotes volunteerism at Indianapolis’ biggest celebration.”

More than 7,000 volunteers lend a hand annually to help execute all the 500 Festival events. Nearly 4,000 volunteers assist with the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Finish Line 5K and 1,500 volunteers assist with the 500 Festival Parade. Volunteers from schools, corporations, public service agencies and local churches are just a few examples of the diverse groups and individuals that comprise the 500 Festival Volunteer Program. With more than 100 areas of opportunity to volunteer, the 500 Festival Volunteer Program gives anyone the chance to see the Festival’s events up close. To volunteer for 2012 500 Festival events, please click here.

Every year since 2007, the 500 Festival Volunteer Program has been presented a Pinnacle Award from the International Festival & Events Association (IFEA). In 2011, the program won a Gold Pinnacle for Overall Best Volunteer Program. The IFEA recognizes outstanding examples of quality and creativity in the promotional programs and materials produced by its 2,400 member festivals and events around the world. 

Citizens Energy Group is a Public Charitable Trust providing safe and reliable utility services to more than 300,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the Indianapolis area. The Public Charitable Trust means its utilities are managed only for the benefit of customers and the community. Additional information is available online at www.CitizensEnergyGroup.com.



The mission of the 500 Festival is to produce events and programs that celebrate the success of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Indiana and their guests. These events and programs, produced largely by volunteers, enhance the image of our city and state by showcasing our cultural, educational and social benefits to the world.

The 500 Festival, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, was created in 1957 to organize civic events celebrating the greatest race in the world. Over the past 55 years, the 500 Festival has grown to become one of the largest festivals in the nation.

Last year, more than 500,000 Hoosiers and visitors participated in nearly 50 events and programs throughout the month of May. Whether they were athletes running the Mini, fourth grade students participating in the Education Program, families enjoying the state’s largest festival for kids or spectators being dazzled by one of the nation’s premier parades, they were there, celebrating the legacy.

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