INDIANAPOLIS (February 7, 2018) – The 500 Festival Foundation, a fully-charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to generating funds in support of the 500 Festival’s mission to produce life-enriching events and programs, fostering a positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana, today announced the election of officers for its 2017-2018 board of trustees. In addition, three new civic and business leaders were appointed to the 500 Festival Foundation’s board of trustees.
Serving as the governing body of the 500 Festival Foundation, the board of trustees is comprised of 22 community leaders. The board guides the strategic vision of the 500 Festival Foundation and its members act as trustees, representing the organization within the community. Committed to supporting the 500 Festival, members serve on various committees that support the 500 Festival’s youth initiatives, education programs and scholarships.
Elected officers for 2017-2018:
Chairman: Al Wurster: President, Wurster Construction
Vice Chairman: Scott Thiems: EVP Business Banking, Regions Bank (retired)
“Al has been a tremendous supporter of the 500 Festival for many years. From his time on the 500 Festival’s Board of Directors to his countless hours volunteering on the IPL 500 Festival Parade Committee, Al’s leadership and service have made our organization better,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “I’m excited to continue working closely with Al in this 500 Festival Foundation leadership role.”
“The 500 Festival holds a very special place in my heart and I’m honored to serve as Chairman for the 500 Festival Foundation,” said Wurster. “I’m looking forward to supporting the mission of the 500 Festival and working with my fellow members of the 500 Festival Foundation’s Board of Trustees to ensure we can continue making a positive impact within our community.”
New additions to the board of trustees:
Nadine Givens: Senior Vice-President/Director of Wealth Management, PNC
Givens started her banking career with the Northern Trust Co., in Chicago. She met a Hoosier in her training program, who became her husband. Upon visiting, she fell in love with Indianapolis and convinced him to move in 1988 when she joined Indiana National Bank. She has spent her career in financial services. She serves as Director for PNC Wealth Management. She is passionate about making a difference, in her adopted community of Indiana, for her employees and the clients they serve. She was recognized in 2015 as an Indianapolis Business Journal “Woman of Influence.”
Givens is a racing fan loving to introduce first timers to the spectacle most every year. She has been a longtime 500 Festival supporter and served on the 500 Festival Board of Directors from 2004-2010.
Frank Hancock: President, Sport Graphics
Sport Graphics was founded in Indianapolis in 1986 by Frank and Linda Hancock. The idea was simple: serve as the go-to resource to the city’s many professional and amateur sports events. They soon realized something important; the hustle, the dedication, and the quality that worked well in sports-crazed Indianapolis also worked well for other clients across North America.
In the years that followed, Sport Graphics grew into a multifaceted company offering project management, project planning, creative, production, installation and logistics. Frank’s organization has now branched outside the sports industry to work with a wide variety of clients.
Hancock served on the 500 Festival Board of Directors from 2006-2012 and his company has been a 500 Festival Corporate Member for many years.
Pat Kennedy: President, Kennedy Tank and Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Pat Kennedy started his career with Kennedy Tank and Manufacturing, in 1978. In 1993 he became the fourth generation Kennedy family member to lead the family-owned businesses (Southern Tank & Mfg. Co.- Owensboro, KY. & Steel Tank & fabricating Corp.-Columbia City, IN.) as its President. Today, Kennedy Tank and Manufacturing manufactures custom fabricated steel tanks and vessels and under Pat’s leadership, Kennedy Tank has expanded capacities significantly.
Pat is a racing enthusiast and has authored several books on the Indianapolis 500. He served on the 500 Festival Board of Directors from 2001-2007 and was chair of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon committee for several years.
“The 500 Festival Foundation is proud to welcome these three accomplished individuals to our board of trustees,” added Bryant. “Our newest members are not only successful in their professional lives, they are all deeply engaged in the community and truly believe in advancing the positive impact of the 500 Festival’s programs and events. Their diverse experiences coupled with their commitment to advancing the 500 Festival will bring new perspectives and strengthen the 500 Festival Foundation.”
To learn more about 500 Festival Foundation, please visit 500festival.com/500-festival-foundation/.
About the 500 Festival Foundation
The 500 Festival Foundation was established in 1996 and is a fully-charitable 501(c)3 organization. The 500 Festival Foundation is comprised of civic and business leaders committed to supporting the 500 Festival’s mission to enrich lives and have a positive community impact while celebrating the Indy 500. The Foundation has a specific interest in the advancement of the 500 Festival’s youth initiatives. From college scholarships for Indiana’s brightest college leaders to a free youth program to combat Indiana’s childhood obesity – the 500 Festival Foundation’s investments help enhance the education of Indiana’s youth and provide a calendar of community activities that invite the participation of all Hoosiers and showcase Indianapolis on a global stage. To learn more, please visit 500festival.com/500-festival-foundation/.