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November 13, 2017

Meet Pat Merna

  The 500 Festival was thrilled to welcome its new vice president of strategic partnerships, Pat Merna, to the team in late October. Pat comes to the Festival from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Verizon IndyCar Series, and is clearly no stranger to the Indy 500 or the celebration of the month of May. …

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November 7, 2017

Two Months Left! | 500 Festival Princess Program

Princess Program applications close january 7, 2018 That’s right! Only two months remain until applications for the 2018 500 Festival Princess Program close. Each year, the 500 Festival selects 33 academically driven and community minded college-aged women to serve as ambassadors of the 500 Festival, their hometowns, and their colleges and universities. Princess take the …

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October 24, 2017

2017 Princess Program: Where Are They Now?

  It’s hard to believe the 2017 500 Festival Princesses are done with their duties as members of the Princess Program. No matter where they go, they will always be ambassadors for the 500 Festival through the stories they share and the lives they impact, and these women are going places. [Read our blog about …

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October 20, 2017

500 Festival Princesses Share Community Outreach Stories

In 2017, members of the 500 Festival Princess Program planned, executed, and attended more than 300 community outreaches in only a few months. One of the program’s key components is an emphasis on community service. By completing these outreaches in each of their hometowns, college towns, and communities, Princesses were able to impact individuals in all …

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October 12, 2017

5 Thoughts From 500 Festival Princesses

  1. “I didn’t know how much i would grow…” “Going into the interview process, I had basic knowledge that the 500 Festival Princess Program was amazing. I knew that I would be able to have a lot of volunteer opportunities and grow as an individual. However, I didn’t know how much I would grow, …

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October 12, 2017

New Board Members Join 500 Festival for 2017-2018

Indianapolis leaders add to 500 festival board of directors The 500 Festival announced the addition of six new board members on Tuesday (Oct. 10), including some of Indianapolis’ extraordinary business and community leaders. Among them are Nicole Mitchell from Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, Mike Boatright from PNC Bank, Brandi Davis-Handy from AES United States, Phyllis …

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September 21, 2017

500 Festival Princess Testimonial

Amna Sohail The 500 Festival Princess Program has many bold ambitions. Among the most daring of which is to cultivate “Indiana’s next generation of leaders.” This year, the Program accepted 33 collegiate women leaders. It was a true honor for me to be selected with such an inspiring and driven group of women. We were …

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September 20, 2017

5 Common Questions About the 500 Festival Princess Program

Hello there. Princess Program Manager Kati O’Brien here. As you may have heard, 500 Festival Princess Program applications recently opened and the applications are already rolling in! It’s an exciting time for us at the 500 Festival, but for me and my inbox, it means a lot of questions from potential Princesses. Since 1959, nearly …

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September 7, 2017

Intern Testimonial: Stephanie Forsythe

stephanie forsythe, 2017 volunteer program intern The mission of the 500 Festival is to produce life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and foster a positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. I cannot begin to explain how true this phrase is. The 500 …

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September 1, 2017

3 Fun Kids Activities in Indianapolis This September

Don’t miss these unique and affordable Indy events for kids! With the kids back in school, are you thinking of fun activities to keep them active? Here are three can’t miss kids activities happening in Indianapolis this September. 3. Kidz Bop “Best Time Ever” Tour For just $29.50, you can take the kids to see …

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