Stories of May

February 14, 2018

500 Gives Back to Like-Minded Community Organizations

Grant program application deadline: February 28 The 500 Festival wants to help your organization! To be exact, $33,000 is available to Indiana community organizations that share the values and mission of the 500 Festival. We can relate to the passion and dedication that it takes to promote the community within the Hoosier state. And while …

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February 14, 2018

500 Festival Nominates Rhonda Smith With ROSE Award

On February 14, 2018, the 500 Festival surprised its Volunteer of the Year, Rhonda Smith, with a ROSE Award (Recognition of Service Excellence) from Visit Indy. Rhonda’s dedication to serving others as a 500 Festival volunteer for well over a decade has been unmatched. An employee of OneAmerica, Rhonda has led the OneAmerica Pit Station at …

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February 8, 2018

The Special Event Show

500 Festival Staff members Travel to New Orleans Event to Gather Ideas for May in Indy By Sara Adams (Event & Program Manager) The Special Event Show was a dream to experience! It was a dedicated time for event professionals of all facets to join together to share, learn and experience both what is time-tested …

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January 26, 2018

500 Festival Race Weekend Events Rapidly Approaching

New Year’s resolutions are fading and the winter blues are sinking in. However, there is light at the end of the cold, dark tunnel. Race weekend is just four months away and the only “blues” to be of concern will be those of the Indiana sky on the final weekend of May. Well-versed fans take …

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January 16, 2018

5 Common Questions About 500 Festival Princess Program Interviews

The applications have been submitted and interviews are on the way! On January 20, the first round of interviews for the 2018 500 Festival Princess Program, presented by Reis-Nichols Jewelers, will take place. As a 500 Festival Princess Program Alumna, and a 500 Festival staff member, I’m often asked what participants can expect. While the …

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January 2, 2018

500 Festival Princess: Annie Cole

Annie Cole 2017 500 Festival Princess Annie Cole shares her favorite moment interacting with youth last spring.  Throughout my time as a Princess, I had countless moments interacting with Indiana’s young people, but one particular moment stood out to me. I asked a first grade class what it meant to be a Princess. Of course, …

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December 21, 2017

500 Festival Princess: Quinci Miller

Quinci Miller 2017 Princess Quinci Miller shares her story about being a role model and the lasting relationships she made as a Princess. Being a role model to so many people is one of the greatest parts about being a 500 Festival Princess. I was constantly able to be a mentor, tell kids the value …

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December 20, 2017

The Adventures of Adams

 A 500 Festival Feature The 500 Festival boasts a group of event planners unlike any other in Indianapolis. While staff members manage some of the nation’s largest events, including a parade, a half marathon and much more, one individual has mastered the art of celebration. Her name is Sara Adams, and she’s the 500 Festival’s …

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December 7, 2017

500 Festival Princess: Olivia Walker

olivia walker 2017 500 Festival Princess Olivia Walker shares her professional development experience and the lasting relationships she found as a Princess.  As a 2017 500 Festival Princess, I was able to connect with 32 other inspiring young women devoted to serving their community and the state of Indiana. Being a Princess allowed me to …

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December 6, 2017

500 Festival Princess: Anna Marie Farlow

 Anna Marie Farlow 2017 500 Festival Princess Anna Marie Farlow shares her Princess Program experience, including her favorite events, moments, and outreaches.  One of my favorite events that I got to plan was helping out at the Little 500 5K race at Indiana University. Not only did I get to contribute to one of the …

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