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Stories of May

October 14, 2022

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the 500 Festival Princesses!

    We’re celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! As a community-focused organization, we’re proud to celebrate the Hispanic and Latinx community – and the influence of its culture, traditions, and heritage – this month and every month. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re highlighting a few 500 Festival Princesses who shared how they leveraged their …

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June 9, 2022

Q&A with Grand Marshal, August A. Ebeling

The 500 Festival met with August “Augie” A. Ebeling, a longtime volunteer of the 500 Festival for a Q&A session in regard to him being named the Grand Marshal for the 2022 AES 500 Festival Parade. In 2016, August was named the 500 Festival Volunteer of the Year for his dedication and generous donation of …

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May 9, 2022

The 2022 Princess Program Reception

On Saturday, April 23rd, the 500 Festival Princesses were all in attendance at the Indianapolis Arts Center to celebrate the 2022 Princess Program, presented by The National Bank of Indianapolis. 2022 marks the 63rd anniversary of the Princess Program. Throughout the years, more than 2,000 of Indiana’s most accomplished college-aged women have experienced the excitement …

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April 7, 2022

The Festival Through Your Eyes

Since 1957, the 500 Festival has been a long-standing presence in the city of Indianapolis and its surrounding communities. Since its founding in 1957 as a way to celebrate the Indianapolis 500 race itself, it has since grown into a community-oriented, philanthropic foundation that continues to create new and lasting events from the OneAmerica 500 …

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March 30, 2022

2022 IMS Study Trip Dates

See the full 2022 500 Festival & Indianapolis 500 Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health, Study Trip Schedule April 4– Saint Simon the Apostle, Turkey Run Elementary School, Eastern Greene Elementary, Walnut Elementary, West Crawford Elementary School, Central Elementary, Mt. Healthy Elementary School, Margaret R. Brown Elementary, Bloomfield Elementary April 5- Little Flower Catholic …

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February 24, 2022

Welcome 500 Festival 2022 Intern Class!

The 500 Festival is waving the green flag welcoming yet another class of sharp-minded, enthusiastic students from around the country for the 2022 500 Festival Intern Program! This intern class encompasses 11 students from eight different universities that are ready to drive in the fast lane as they help bring the Month of May to …

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January 4, 2022

What it Means to be a 500 Festival Princess

What does it mean to be a 500 Festival Princess? Each year, 33 of Indiana’s most civic-minded, academically driven college-aged women are selected to be a part of the 500 Festival Princess Program, presented by The National Bank of Indianapolis. As a 500 Festival Princess, you can experience once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for scholarship, leadership, professional development, …

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August 10, 2021

Remembering Bob Jenkins

We are saddened by the loss of longtime friend and supporter of the 500 Festival, Bob Jenkins. A lifelong race fan and legendary Indianapolis 500 broadcaster, Bob’s voice became the signature sound of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway each May. Bob passed away at the age of 73 on Monday, August 9, after an 8-month battle …

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May 29, 2021

2021 Marlyne Sexton 500 Festival Queen Scholar Award Recipient

On Saturday, May 22, the 2021 Marlyne Sexton 500 Festival Queen Scholar was awarded to Janae Quinn during the Breakfast at the Brickyard ceremony. Prior to 2015, only the woman selected as the 500 Festival Queen Scholar received a scholarship. In 2019, Marlyne Sexton made a generous commitment to the 500 Festival Foundation to establish …

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May 25, 2021

Going the Extra Mile: A Journey of Growth

by Kayla Vasilko My collective experience in the Festival 500 Princess Program can be summarized by two incredible quotes about self-growth and self-belief.  Carrie Fisher once said, “Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually, the confidence will follow.”  …

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