Category: Volunteer Program

Stories of May

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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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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February 11, 2019

Volunteer Spotlight- Eula

Eula has been a volunteer with the 500 Festival for 12 years – this year, Eula will be retiring her volunteer pins. Volunteering as a Specialty Unit Escort at the IPL 500 Festival Parade, Eula has been an integral part in making the parade an enjoyable and memorable experience for attendees. 500 Festival: Why did …

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February 11, 2019

Be a part of the 500 Festival Volunteer Experience

As you check your calendar (and the weather reports) longing for spring, are you looking for something that’s fun and meaningful to do? Something like volunteering and making a positive impact on your community? The 500 Festival Volunteer Program, presented by Citizens Energy Group, is just what you’re looking for! This opportunity is the experience …

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July 23, 2018

2018 500 Festival Volunteer Awards

  After an exciting and unforgettable Month of May in 2018, the 500 Festival is excited to share this year’s Volunteer Awards! The 500 Festival relies on 7,000 volunteers to produce some of Indiana’s largest events and programs, and the individuals recognized here are just a few examples of this year’s standout volunteers. Thank you …

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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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August 10, 2017

Former 500 Festival Princess Stays Involved Through Volunteering

“What I got from being a Princess could never be repaid, but I wanted to give back in any way I could.” – Adrianne Johnson   Adrianne Johnson was a 2015 500 Festival Princess. Now, she’s a 2017 500 Festival award-winning volunteer. Named one of the 500 Festival’s unsung heroes, Adrianne was thrilled to stay …

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August 1, 2017

2017 Volunteer Awards

  The 500 Festival relies on thousands of volunteers to help us produce life-enriching events and programs that create an exciting and impactful community-led road to the Indianapolis 500. Our 2017 Volunteer Award Winners went above and beyond, demonstrating dedication, selflessness and a commitment to excellence – true hallmarks of Hoosier hospitality and spirit. Get …

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August 1, 2017

The Scenic Route: Rhonda Smith

Volunteer of the Year     Rhonda Smith has been volunteering for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon for 11 years now. During that time, she’s passed out water and Gatorade to thousands and thousands of runners, and managed the OneAmerica Pit Station. She’s also spent 15 years involved in the Spirit of America Walking Flag …

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August 1, 2017

To the Track and Back: Chris Morris

Outstanding New Volunteer of the Year The phrase “To the Track and Back” often describes the route of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon; the half marathon tradition that travels to Indianapolis Motor Speedway and back. This story isn’t about the Indy Mini. It’s about a different tradition, a different race, where the phrase “To the …

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