Indianapolis Foundation Turns 100

I was invited to attend a gala to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Indianapolis Foundation, hosted by the Central Indiana Community Foundation. Very few events keep me from a summer lake weekend. This one took the trophy. They were boasting about a one million dollar giveaway at the event. I had no clue what I was in for.

We entered the Scottish Rite and were welcomed into the beautifully decorated ballroom.

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Unlike other events, I was ready to eat.  A small late lunch didn’t hold me over. I spied the first food station with pasta and chicken. Sign me up, twice!

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The walking servers had several delicious plates but my favorite was the mini taco with a mini margarita cactus drink!

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Who wants a slider from a slide?! This guy!

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CS partook in a few of these shrimp ceviche which flew in from the 3rd floor on a zip line.

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I noticed some people with mashed potatoes. I asked CS to go find them and bring me back some with… bacon bits and cheese. Forgot I was at a high class event. He came back with potatoes with short ribs and shaved parmesan.

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They had a cool light display, so I thought it would make a great selfie. My fail.

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Let’s have someone else take it!

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No mascots, but these guys will do!

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The big moment of the night was arriving. CICF was giving away one million dollars live and by surprise. That is not a typo. One million dollars. Let the count down begin.

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CICF chose 7 organizations to receive $100,000 Visionary Awards that share their the values, history and mission, as well as a commitment to the future of Indianapolis. The Foundation also awarded $10,000 each to Indy Professional Theatre MVPs, creative professionals whose work in theater contributes to the vibrancy of the cultural community and the strength of our city. Next, 10 organizations whose charitable endowments are maintained and managed by CICF were randomly chosen to receive a $10,000 gift into their endowments. But that wasn’t enough. 10 randomly-selected audience members were awarded the opportunity to work with The Foundation to allocate $10,000 each to a Marion County not-for-profit organization of their choosing. Holy shit. My jaw was on the floor. This was amazing to witness. Crazy to think my name could have been called.

After the we were ushered out to watch the amazing light show on the side of the building. Our event was in tandem with the INLIGHTIN festival on the canal. It was the Midwest version of this. Good enough for us!

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We even made a cameo on TV. Can you find us?