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2017 500 Festival Volunteer Registration Opens

INDIANAPOLIS – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and celebrating the legacy of the Indianapolis 500, announced Wednesday that registration is open for the 2017 500 Festival Volunteer Program, presented by Citizens Energy Group. Each year, the 500 Festival relies on more than 7,000 volunteers to ensure its events and programs continue to deliver a lasting, significant impact. The organization is looking for individuals and groups who are interested in using their time and talent to support its wide variety of programs and events in 2017. Examples of volunteer opportunities for 2017 include:

  • Distribute snacks and beverages at Runners’ Services for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon
  • Staff the various games & activities at the Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day
  • Greet spectators and help them find their seats as an Usher for the IPL 500 Festival Parade
  • Help 500 Festival Education Program study trips at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

“May 2017 will signify a new level of reaching the community and positively impacting Hoosiers through our events,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO, 500 Festival. “That mission wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for our many dedicated volunteers. Serving as a volunteer for our programs and events, which impact more than 500,000 people every year, is a rewarding opportunity for members of our community to showcase our Hoosier hospitality and accelerate the month of May in Indianapolis!”

The 500 Festival is offering more than 100 areas of volunteer opportunity in 2017, ensuring a role for every interest and ability. 500 Festival volunteers will receive a commemorative volunteer t-shirt and collector’s pin. Volunteers who register before April 12 will also receive an exclusive invitation to the 500 Festival’s Volunteer Appreciation Day hosted at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Volunteer Appreciation Day includes lunch and tickets to that day’s Indianapolis 500 qualifications.

Visit www.500Festival.com/volunteer to learn more, view a list of opportunities, and register to volunteer. Additional questions regarding volunteer opportunities with the 500 Festival may be directed to volunteer@500festival.com.

The 500 Festival Volunteer Program is presented by Citizens Energy Group, with additional support from Meijer, Pepsi, Aquafina and Hot Box Pizza.

About the 500 Festival

Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces more than 50 life-enriching events and programs while celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and fostering positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $400 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com, follow us on Twitter @500festival, or on Facebook.

SOURCE: News release from 500 Festival