500 Festival Foundation

The mission of the 500 Festival Foundation is to generate funds to support the mission of 500 Festival, Inc. Donations to the 500 Festival Foundation are fully tax deductible. All donations are appreciated. Please contact Jen Lowe with any questions.

To contribute, send donations to:

500 Festival Foundation
500 Festival Building
21 Virginia Avenue, Suite 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204

500 Festival Foundation Board of Trustees

Chairman: Cindy Simon Skjodt
Vice Chairman: Al Smith

John Ackerman: Managing Director, Cardinal Equity Partners
Mary Clare Broadbent: Civic Volunteer
John Crisp: Senior Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield
Greg Fennig: Vice President of Public Affairs, IPL
Mari Hulman George: Former Chairman of the Board, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
David Kosene: Chairman & CEO, Kosene & Kosene
Connie Lund: (Retired) Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance and Treasurer, OneAmerica Securities, Inc.
Tom McGowan: President and COO, Kite Realty Group
Charlie Morgan: Senior Vice President/Market Manager of Emmis-New York
Steven J. Schenck: Vice President, The Schenck Group, Merrill Lynch
Dr. Gene Sease: Chairman, Sease, Gerig & Associates
Jerry D. Semler: Chairman Emeritus, OneAmerica Financial Partners
Marlyne Sexton: President, The Sexton Companies
Howard Shearon: Partner, Ernst & Young (retired)
Cindy Simon Skjodt: Civic Volunteer
Paul Sinclair: Partner, Ice Miller
Al Smith Jr.: Vice Chairman, President, Chase in Central Indiana
Betty Stilwell: Vice Chairman, President, Methodist Health Foundation
Scott Thiems: EVP Business Banking, Regions Bank (retired)
Steve Walker: Chairman & CEO, Walker Information
Al Wurster: President, Wurster Construction

500 Festival Legacy Art Project

The 500 Festival 50th Anniversary Legacy Art Project is our gift to the community. Dedicated on December 2, 2008, the sculpture celebrates the community and volunteer spirit during the Festival’s first 50 impactful years. Located in Celebration Plaza in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, this permanent art piece titled, The Tent, was created by internationally-renowned artist, Donald Lipski. Standing 43’ tall and 14’ wide, The Tent is a wind activated sculpture built from tubular stainless steel. It has nearly 500 panels of polished stainless steel and is painted on the outside with 23 colors of Spraylet environmentally friendly paint. It is dramatically lit by metal halide lights.

500 Festival Legacy Art Project