INDIANAPOLIS (October 19, 2016) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events for Indiana and celebrating the legacy of the Indianapolis 500, today announces that the organization was presented with 12 industry honors during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held in Tucson, Arizona on September 27, 2016.
“We are proud to be recognized as an organization that produces highly distinguished events and programs,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO, 500 Festival. “To be honored from within the industry by our peers is a true compliment to the staff, volunteers, and the Indianapolis community that work year-round to ensure that we fulfill our mission to produce life-enriching events and programs.”
Each year, the International Festivals and Events Association recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and first-class promotional, operational, and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world during a 3 day convention, expo & retreat. Awards were distributed in 68 different categories at this year’s Pinnacle Awards Ceremony.
The 500 Festival earned four gold awards, four silver awards, and four bronze awards in the industry competition, which draws entries from organizations such as the Kentucky Derby Festival, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and major events across Europe, Asia, and Australia.
The 500 Festival received the following IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards:
Gold Pinnacle Awards:
500 Festival & Indy 500 Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health
- Best New Attendee Service
OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon VIP Experience
- Best Miscellaneous Printed Materials
Trading Cards provided to students participating in the 500 Festival & Indy 500 Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health
500 Festival T-Shirt
Silver Pinnacle Awards:
500 Festival Volunteer Program, presented by Citizens Energy Group
- Best Community Outreach Program
500 Festival Princess Program
KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball
- Best Miscellaneous On-Site Décor
100th Running Host Committee’s graphic on the JW Marriott
Bronze Pinnacle Awards:
- Best Festival/Event Mobile Application
Indy Mini Mobile App
- Best Sponsorship Program for Individual Sponsor
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield for IPL 500 Festival Parade
- Best Event within an Existing Festival
IPL 500 Festival Parade
- Most Creative/Effective News Stunt
500 Festival Kickoff to May
“We would like to congratulate the 500 Festival on their outstanding entries into this year’s competition,” said IFEA President & CEO, Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE. “The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world. Striving for the highest degree of excellence in festival and event promotions and operations in every budget level and every corner of the globe, this competition has not only raised the standards and quality of the festivals and events industry to new levels, but also shows how event producers can use innovation and creativity to achieve a higher level of success.”
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 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 $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.