Stories of May

March 24, 2020

500 Festival Princesses Continue to be Rooted in Service

As we all know, the world is currently facing a unique and challenging time. However, it is more important than ever to band together and support our community, country, and world. Committed to cultivating the next generation of leader’s, the 500 Festival Princess Program is dedicated to leadership and professional development. A staple of this …

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January 27, 2020

Welcome 500 Festival 2020 Intern Class!

The 500 Festival Internship Program allows students from all over the world to experience the thrilling Month of May in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. 11 interns, representing seven different universities, have been invited to join the 500 Festival team for the spring semester. A team of hardworking and passionate students, the selected interns will …

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January 23, 2020

Tips to Prepare for Princess Program Interviews

The 500 Festival Princess Program, presented by Reis-Nichols Jewelers, celebrates Indiana’s most civic minded, academically driven young women. Applications have been reviewed and interviews are quickly approaching! The first round of interviews for the 2020 Princess Program will take place January 25. The interview process can seem daunting, however, it is a wonderful opportunity to …

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November 29, 2019

2019 500 Festival Volunteer Award Winners

Each year our volunteers provide an exciting and unforgettable experience to our participants and attendees during the 500 Festival season. The 500 Festival relies on over 3,500 volunteers to come together to produce some of Indiana’s largest events and programs – the individuals recognized below are just a few examples of many of our standout …

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October 14, 2019

500 Festival Pumpkin Carving Stencils + Social Media Contest

  It’s that time of year again: Pumpkin carving season! Get ready to head out to your favorite pumpkin patch (or grocery store, we don’t judge) to grab the perfect gourd for carving. Need some design inspiration for your jack-o-lantern? Well look no further: we have four carving templates just for you! Do you want …

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August 14, 2019

Princess Program Testimonial- Macy Pohl

The role of being a 500 Festival Princess was not only an experience of a lifetime, I was able to impact lives through service and ambassadorship. While wearing the crown and sash, I was given a platform to volunteer, advocate, and educate individuals on Indiana history and topics I am passionate about. During my time …

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August 13, 2019

Princess Program Testimonial: Haley Begay

While the crown and sash might say otherwise, the job of being a 500 Festival Princess is not that of royalty, but of servitude. All 33 of us princesses are servants of Indiana. The Indianapolis 500 only lasts half a day, but the service we do will continue on long after this leadership role we …

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August 1, 2019

3-2-1, Volunteer!

On October 5, Indiana’s youngest runners will take over the world’s largest sporting venue! We’re bringing an Indy Mini experience to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway sized just for kids ages 5-12. But we need your help to make it a safe and enjoyable experience for participants and their families! The 500 Festival Volunteer Program, presented …

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June 7, 2019

2019 Intern Spotlight

The 500 Festival Intern Program is designed to allow each intern to experience the exciting Month of May in Indianapolis! This year, twelve interns representing seven different colleges from across the Midwest had the opportunity to be part of the 500 Festival team. The 2019 intern class was made up of multi-talented individuals with bright personalities. …

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May 10, 2019

Meet Honorary Flagman and Indy’s Biggest Racing Fan Graham

Little feet will hit the street this Saturday, May 11 for the Salesforce & JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run. Before their races start, the rookie runners will be signaled by honorary flagman Graham, a patient at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent. Graham had a tough start at birth. Mom Brandi said …

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