500 Festival Volunteer Registration Opens for 2016 Programs and Events

500 Festival Volunteer Registration Opens for 2016 Programs and Events

Wed, 2016-01-13

INDIANAPOLIS (January 13, 2016) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and celebrating the legacy of the Indianapolis 500, today announced that registration is open for the 2016 500 Festival Volunteer Program, presented by Citizens Energy Group. Each year, the 500 Festival relies on 7,000 volunteers to ensure its events and programs continue to deliver a lasting, significant impact. The organization is looking for individuals and groups who are interested in using their time and talent to support its wide variety of programs and events in 2016. Examples of volunteer opportunities for 2016 include:

  • Distribute snacks and beverages at Runners’ Services for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon
  • Greet spectators and help them find their seats as an Usher for the IPL 500 Festival Parade
  • Staff the various games & activities at the Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day


“May 2016 will be a once-in-a-generation experience as the world turns its eyes to Indiana for the 40th OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, the 60th IPL 500 Festival Parade and the 100th running of the Indy 500,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO, 500 Festival. “Serving as a volunteer for our programs and events, which impact more than 500,000 people every year, is a rewarding opportunity for members of our community to showcase our Hoosier hospitality and elevate the month of May in Indianapolis!”


The 500 Festival is offering more than 100 areas of volunteer opportunity in 2016, ensuring that there is a role to fit every interest and ability. 500 Festival volunteers will receive a commemorative volunteer t-shirt and collector’s pin. Volunteers also receive an exclusive invitation to the 500 Festival’s Volunteer Appreciation Day, which is hosted at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and includes lunch and tickets that day’s Indianapolis 500 qualifications.


To learn more, or sign up as a 2016 500 Festival volunteer, visit www.500Festival.com/volunteer to view a list of opportunities and to sign up. Additional questions regarding volunteering with the 500 Festival may be directed to volunteer@500festival.com.   


The 500 Festival Volunteer Program is sponsored by Citizens Energy Group, Meijer, Pepsi, Aquafina and Hot Box Pizza.


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.


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