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Writer / Seth Johnson Photography Provided by the 500 Festival
Every year, the 500 Festival and its correlating events impact 500,000 people. With such a massive reach, the humble festival team relies heavily on help from devoted volunteers to make sure everything goes off without a hitch. From a mini-marathon to a world-class parade, the 500 Festival executes about 50 different events each year. Of course, the point of these events is to celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500, the world’s greatest spectacle in racing. “The 500 Festival dates back to 1957,” says
Sabrina List, 500 Festival vice president of marketing and communication. “It was actually started by a group of volunteers that were involved within the community that thought, ‘Every year, we host this big race, the Indy 500. There should be more that the community should be doing in coming together and celebrating it.’”
So in 1957, the 500 Festival was born.
The idea for the festival was actually prompted by a similar festival in Kentucky that was created to celebrate the Kentucky Derby, aptly named the Kentucky Derby Festival. “The Kentucky Derby Festival is an organization that’s similar to ours,” List says. “They thought, ‘Look, they do this in Kentucky. We should do something similar.’”
While they may no longer have a square dance, the annual parade now draws hundreds of thousands of people to Downtown Indianapolis every year. In addition to this grand event, there are also several other affiliated 500 Festival occurrences, including a mini-marathon, Kid’s Day and much more. In total, the festival relies on 7,000 volunteers to make
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“It all started with our parade, believe it or not,” List says. “They got together, and they said, ‘Alright, let’s throw a parade, and then we’ll also have a square dance.’ So that’s how it all started and it all came together, with a parade and a square dance.”
these events happen. “Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization,” List says. “Our organization was built upon volunteers. That’s how we got started, and that is not lost on us. We are a small, nimble team of full-time employees at the festival, and we could not execute what we do without the dedication and enthusiasm of our festival volunteers.” On their website, the 500 Festival has a way you can browse all of the potential volunteer positions. “You can see every single job, the time requirement for it and the description of what’s involved with it,” List says. Over the years, they’ve had all kinds of volunteers rave about their experience working for the 500 Festival. “We provide a really positive volunteer experience, and we have a really, really high volunteer retention rate, along with pretty good word of mouth,” List says. “About 92 percent of our volunteers say that they would recommend the volunteer program to family or friends.” Volunteers don’t leave empty-handed either. In fact, they receive a slew of fantastic, oneof-a-kind benefits for their work. “You get pretty good perks for volunteering with us,” List adds. “You get a shirt and pin, but you also get an invitation to come to our volunteer appreciation day. That’s held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the Saturday of qualifications for the Indy 500.” As a part of this volunteer appreciation event, participants are truly treated to a very special day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “You get two free tickets to qualifications that day,” List says. “You get free parking for qualifications that day. And, you can also sign up to do the tour of the garages and a tour of the pits. You get to have a really fun day out at the track for free, just for giving a few hours.” For more information on how you can volunteer with this year’s 500 Festival, be sure to visit 500festival.com or call 317-927-3378. atFishers.com / MAY 2018 / FISHERS MAGAZINE / 7
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Two Fishers schools have successfully been promoting their popular Best Buddies programs, resulting in friendships that can last a lifetime. Best Buddies creates one-to-one friendships between students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their general education peers. Hamilton Southeastern High School (HSE) now has grant money for its excellent Best Buddies program. HSE was recently named one of the Top 10 Fundraising teams for Best Buddies. Maggie Hammond, a resource teacher at HSE, says the $10,000 winnings will go to Best Buddies of Indiana. “This will help to run the National Organization,” Hammond says. Students in the HSE Best Buddies program
“We are responsible for fostering relationships, promoting kindness, awareness, and acceptance at the elementary level of students with disabilities,” says “Every year, there is a new leadership team,” Charlanne Tunison, a Functional Academic Hammond says. “The Leadership Team runs Teacher and Best Buddies Advisor at Sand Creek Elementary. the student-led organization. Best Buddies on Indiana facilitates a Leadership Training At Sand Creek, there are no one-to-one every year. We will be able to send two to three students to the Leadership Training in pairs at the elementary level. the summer.” “Rather, we work on peer relationships and awareness,” Tunison says. “At Sand Creek, Hammond is in her 13th year at HSE, and we have one activity a week that promotes 21st year teaching. kindness, builds relationships, and helps the younger students understand acceptance “We have approximately 150 members and awareness. We really work to promote in the club,” Hammond says. “Members working together and celebrating our include people with and without differences. It is amazing that HSE can also disabilities. Leading such a large club does start to offer this program to students K-12 require a huge time commitment, and the to continue the acceptance and awareness Leadership Team runs the majority of the events. That is why the summer Leadership within our community.” Training is imperative.” Tunison says that students are excited to be At Sand Creek Elementary, the Best Buddies involved. Elementary chapters are considered “I have seen a huge morale boost within the promoter chapters. get together as a club several times a year to help foster these friendships, which often continue for years to come.
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Walls has been in the furniture and mattress business since his family began operating their Walls Furniture store in Muncie, Indiana in 1996. He opened his first store in Anderson in 2005, then expanded to Noblesville in 2010. After 22 years in the furniture and mattress business, Walls has learned a few tricks. “There are a few things about this business that I really like. One of those things is mattresses. I truly enjoy helping people to sleep better. The other is making a home complete. Anyone can buy a couch, but how do you make that room really feel like home? My goal with Rug & Room is to be the starting 12 / FISHERS MAGAZINE / MAY 2018 / atFishers.com
place to a complete home. The process is easier when you go about it backwards. If you start with the rug first, or a piece of art and some accessories, it’s a much easier process and it’s something anyone can do.” Walls wanted the focus to be on local as much as possible and he wanted the pieces to be unique but affordable. “We partnered with Oriental Weavers for our rug supply. They have thousands of available designs, colors, and sizes of rug designs. Many of their rugs are produced in the USA and are very affordable. Working with them allows us to get the product quickly and also
allows us to price our product at or below prices you’d see online.” For featured art, Walls wanted to pull in talent from the community. “I didn’t want to just offer the same artwork that you can purchase at any large home store. I contacted a few [local] people to see if they would be interested in selling original pieces at the store and they were excited to be a part of it. My goal is to give them exposure to a whole new client base and give my customers access to something local that they can’t get in the box stores. I hope to add more artists over time and really expand on that part of our business as well.”
“We are local made better.” Rug & Room also offers accessories, lamps, accent furniture, and candles. Walls said he tried to find items that weren’t readily available in this area. Just like with the other businesses that Walls operates, the focus is on customer service. “We are local made better. Some companies are just too big you never get to interact with the owner. I want to be accessible in my businesses. My success depends on your experience.”
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This year’s RUN(317) event is much more than just a series of mini-marathons for locals to get a little exercise. According to Jeff Graves, owner of Vision Event Management and organizer of the event, it’s a way for Indy residents to get more closely connected to their surroundings and celebrate the city’s unique neighborhoods, bars and restaurants. Graves launched RUN(317) four years ago and says the event has grown markedly each year, currently consisting of five Thursday evening races in separate Indy
neighborhoods, starting in May, that feature music and free beverages at the finish line. Each race is partnered with a local charity, and the event has raised almost $47,000 since 2014. This year’s local charities include Partners in Housing, Energy Krazed, School on Wheels, Kids’ Voice of Indiana and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. “The nice thing about our event is that it’s for all abilities and it’s all about having a good time,” says Graves, former executive director of the Indy Mini Marathon. “We get tons of walkers and first-timers. We take people through neighborhoods that they had no idea about and have never been to. We want to celebrate the places and 14 / FISHERS MAGAZINE / MAY 2018 / atFishers.com
charities that are unique to Indianapolis.” Even the distance of each race is a tribute to Indy, at exactly 3.17 miles. Graves started small in the event’s first year, holding a single race in Fountain Square and raising money for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. More than 900 people showed up, and by the time the following year rolled around he’d added two additional races in the Broad Ripple and Mass Ave districts. Carmel Arts & Design District and Monument Circle races were added in 2016, and this year’s five races are spread throughout the summer and early fall.
Individuals can sign up for single races, a three-race mini-series or all five races, and those who register for either of the latter receive a free limited edition pullover shirt. Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co. is the 2018 title sponsor, and this year Graves enlisted Athletic Annex and Brooks Sports, Inc. to host a V.I.P. area for each race. “Everybody gets two free beers after the race and a commemorative medal and a lot of times it turns into a dance party on the street,” says Graves, a Ball State grad who launched Vision Event Management in 2006 and specializes in planning and logistics for running events of all sizes. “The participants absolutely love the event and they’re so passionate about it because it’s celebrating the 317 area code.”
“We picked Thursday nights because it’s kind of a kick-off to the weekend,” he adds. “And for first-time marathon runners, it’s a great way to get introduced to running or walking and have a tour of the different unique neighborhoods of the city at the same time.”
morning run at 8:00 a.m.,” Graves says. “We start at 7:00 p.m. and have a fun post-race party that leads into the opportunity for people to go out to the bars and restaurants in the part of town their race is in, which maybe they don’t get to that often.”
While RUN(317) races are generally geared toward those over 21, Graves says he’s seen a wide range of age groups register over the years, with the average age RUN(317) has sold out every year since it began, and while Graves has received massive being 37, and those under 21 are free to participate. interest in expanding the event further, he feels five races spread throughout the city provides plenty of variety for Indy residents. “We didn’t want it to be a typical Saturday
This year’s race schedule includes The Circle on May 17, Broad Ripple race on June 14, Mass Ave race on July 19, the Carmel race on Aug. 30 and the Fountain Square race on Oct. 11. For more details on RUN(317), volunteer info, past race results and to register, visit run317.com.
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May is here as race fans rejoice for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500. For those looking for their own taste of the fast track, there is one option sure to satisfy your need for speed — K1 Speed Indianapolis. The indoor go-kart racing facility opened its doors in Fishers nearly three years ago and has been waving the checkered flag ever since. It’s only fitting that a world-class go-kart facility resides in the backyard of one of the biggest racing cities in America. The Indianapolis-based location was a nobrainer for K1 Speed. “It is awesome being in a racing city like Indianapolis,” says K1 Speed Indianapolis General Manager John Weber. “We get tons of local racers as well as fans who come out. With that Indy 500 influence in the facility and this area, it makes for a really fun vibe and a great time.” K1 Speed is corporately owned with locations all across the U.S. Most locations have similar designs and feels, but the Indianapolis location stands out from the rest because of its Indy 500 and Brickyard-400 inspired designs and themes inside the facility. Full size, Indy 500 show cars greet customers as soon as they walk through
the door and famous photos and signage from past races line the walls of the facility as well. “We really try to give this facility that local inspiration,” Weber says. “We have huge murals on the back walls of shots from actual races, and that really sets us apart from other K1 locations.” But at K1 it’s all about the speed. The adult karts top out at about 45 miles per hour, while the junior (kids karts) can hit about 35 mph. What makes K1 Speed unique is all karts are electric, compared to traditional motorized go-kart facilities. K1 Speed Indianapolis is the only all-electric go-kart racing facility in the area. K1 Speed’s electric karts give participants a cleaner, 100 percent emissions-free experience, and a safer experience as well. “We really pride ourselves on our karts and the way they run,” Weber says. “Our karts are our babies and we treat them like that. With the all-electric, we have no fumes throughout the building, no bad smells and no karts running out of gas, which is awesome. The way all-electric karts drive too is a much smoother drive. The acceleration and braking work smoother and that is probably the biggest feedback we get from people who come out. We also have more control over the karts as well.”
If participants are being reckless or trying to bump into other drivers, the K1 staff can slow down driver’s karts at the push of a button. The innovative technology offers a safer experience for each race. The facility also has a spacious lounge, a Pit Cafe snack bar, and even an arcade room — offering plenty of entertainment options as customers wait for their next race. K1 Speed Indianapolis recently re-designed its track as well, and the facility now boasts one of the largest K1 tracks in the country. “We just changed our track in March,” Weber says. “We are one of the only K1 Speed facilities to do that. Our corporate office got behind us and brought our build crew in for the redesign. We wanted to change the track up and do something different for our customers. It is new turns, new speeds, the whole nine.” While K1 Speed Indianapolis offers packages for birthday parties, company events, bachelor parties and more, it also draws in many customers with its weekly adult league. A leaderboard holds the scores and fastest laps from drivers all over Indiana and across the U.S. through K1 Speed’s overall standings. A bachelor party several years ago drew Weber in for his first K1 Speed experience, and he was hooked. When an opening last year for the manager position popped up, he jumped at the opportunity. “What has drawn me into this company is how our corporate offices run things,” Weber says. “They really want to take care of the customers and it is a fun environment. We are family and group entertainment and that really drew me into it. When I saw an opportunity open up here, I immediately went for it and thought, ‘that is going to be a fun place to be.’” Whether you are itching to hit the race track or hesitant to give it a try, K1 Speed is sure to be a memorable time for drivers. “Come on out and try it,” Weber says. “Racing here is exhilarating and fun. Even if you are not a go-kart or a racing fan, it can be fun for all ages. We keep everyone safe, and K1 is a fun way to get an adrenaline rush while staying safe too.” K1 Speed Indianapolis is located at 9998 E. 121st St in Fishers. For more information on hours and pricing, visit k1speed.com/indianapolis-location. html or give them a call at 317-348-1176.
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Roberts Camera’s ability to thrive in the photography, lighting and electronics retail business for 60 years has involved much more than just keeping up with industry technology that seems to evolve almost daily. Meredith Reinker, marketing and human resources director, says the Indianapolisbased, family-owned company’s willingness to adapt its business model to customer habits and shopping methods has been just as important to its success as keeping up with the camera and lighting industry’s ongoing technological advancements.
“The jewelry wasn’t doing great at the time so they started to pick up additional lines – service merchandise catalogs were how people shopped back then so they basically became a catalog showroom,” Reinker says. “One of my grandfather’s employees at the time was a high schooler who was taking a photography class and told my grandfather he could sell cameras. It was good timing in the sense that film was really evolving at that point and film cameras were getting popular, and then, of course, eventually digital took us into the next era.” Since its founding, Roberts Camera has continually found effective ways to reach beyond its Indy customer base, from a thriving mail-order business through the 1970s and 1980s to a successful sales presence through its official website, which was launched back in 1997. In 2012 the Roberts staff began a buy, sell and trade sister company called UsedPhotoPro, which deals exclusively in used camera equipment primarily online.
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Oh May, your glorious month. Time to get busy! If April is the time when the garden is emerging from sleep, then May is the time in the garden when she has had two full cups of coffee and ready for high gear, time to bloom! Where to begin. Let’s talk lawns first. Make sure that mower blade is sharp people, and do not ever mow when it is wet. This is the first step to preventing diseased lawns. Also, to prevent moles set out multiple traps along the moles trail. An old American Indian trick — it is said that the moles move to the surface on a warm, sunny day at high noon. You can get them with a garden spade if you have the constitution to do so. I call the hubby for that trick.
Saturday worth of mulching and gardening chores, make sure you give the old body a good stretch and warm up a bit. Your back will thank me in the morning. At the age of 54, I have settled for one of those seat thingies that you can flip over and kneel on too. It has saved my gardeners back from strain. Visit all your local gardening centers and pick up something new. I suggest every year adding a new tree or bush to the landscape and at least a couple of new perennials to the flower garden. Always, always, try new veritable varieties. So many cool ones come out each year. If you have not tried Purple Kohlrabi, then you need to.
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Fishers may be booming with high-tech development but soon enough residents young and old will be able to explore the city’s agricultural past, thanks to the Fishers Agripark opening this summer. Located at 113th Street and Florida Road in Fishers, the Fishers AgriPark will span more than 35 acres, making it the nation’s largest urban farm. Complete with crops, livestock, aquaponics, beehives and more, the park will be managed by Brandywine Creek Farms — a nonprofit organization based in Greenfield.
“It’s really forward-thinking of Fishers to try to incorporate a diversified vegetable operation as part of the community,” says Jonathan Lawler, executive director and farmer at Brandywine Creek Farms. “That’s always been Brandywine Creek Farms’ mission anyway is to reach out into the community and get people involved with agriculture, whether it’s eating, participating or however we can get them involved.” Visitors of the Fishers AgriPark will be able to explore various elements of the agricultural world, explains Lawler. “We’ll have a livestock counter where you can actually meet the animals,” he says. atFishers.com / MAY 2018 / FISHERS MAGAZINE / 29
“We’ll have a program for beekeeping, too. We’re putting an observation hive out there so that people can actually see how bees make their honey, but more importantly, the importance of bees to farmers and to everyone.” By experiencing agriculture up close and personal, Lawler hopes visitors of the AgriPark leave with a greater appreciation for farming. “I think people will be surprised to see how large-scale vegetable production is done,” he says. “It’s not a garden. It’s completely different. It is actually an agricultural pursuit that a lot of science goes into, and we’ll be
getting folks from that area of agriculture involved there as well so that they can learn from them.” The Fishers AgriPark will offer plenty of fun opportunities for the kids as well. Lawler says the plan is to host day camps for children. “The kids will be able to basically live a day in the life of a farmer as part of that day camp,” he says. “We’ll have a couple beekeepers come in that are some of the best in the state. A large animal vet will come in and explain what a farm vet does versus the vet they take their dog or cat to. And then, they get to see how food is actually produced.” After attending one of these day camps, Lawler expects kids will have a newfound fascination with the foods that mom and dad prepare for dinner. “When they go to the grocery store with their parents, they’ll have a new appreciation for the tomatoes or peppers they see, to see how they’re cultivated in the field, to see how they’re picked, harvested, taken care of, and how they eventually end up at the store,” Lawler adds. In keeping with the nonprofit mission of Brandywine Creek Farms, a third of the produce grown at the Fishers AgriPark will be donated to Central Indiana charities, making the project’s impact come full circle. “This is going to be a high production farm, so I think we’ll be able to really help the folks in Hamilton County that are in need,” Lawler says. “It’s also going to benefit people in Marion County as well.” Through all of its areas of community impact, however, there’s one underlying mission that Lawler has with the Fishers AgriPark. “I think our biggest asset is our outreach to the community, to get people excited about agriculture,” he says. The Fishers AgriPark is located at 113th Street and Florida Road. Stay up to date with the park’s progress at Fishers.in.us and look for the park to be open, tentatively, at the end of May.
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I must remind myself that these artists are only 18 years old. Their artwork rocks.
It is my favorite art exhibit of the year. Every spring, the senior art students from Hamilton Southeastern High School and Fishers High School display their artwork in Fishers City Hall for the public to enjoy. This exhibit gives me a peek inside our high schools’ art departments and the work that is created in these marvelous classrooms. As I wander through the students’ Art in City Hall exhibit and regard the dozens of pieces of vibrant art,
The high school students are just a few of the many artists that have displayed their work on the walls of the City Hall two-story atrium. Rotating art exhibits have been featured here for the past six years. Artists have included renowned professional artists from Fishers, Central Indiana and the Midwest. Photographers, painters, sculptors and illustrators who have been practicing their craft for decades bring their work atFishers.com / MAY 2018 / FISHERS MAGAZINE / 33
here to display. But to me, the most eclectic and surprising exhibit at Art in City Hall is always the “Senior Showcase.” The “Senior Showcase” celebrates local high school art students who are developing into amazing artists. They experiment, discover and push creative boundaries. It is fascinating to observe and wonder where their talent will take them years from now, as they refine their artist-voice. Actually, I have seen these artists find their voice during the course of an evening.
Every year, there is a reception at City Hall to honor the students and welcome the public to view the exhibit. As the reception begins and guests start to arrive, students may stand together in a silent clump, as high school students often do in awkward situations. Then, the visitors arrive and begin to fill the exhibit space. They approach the students and ask them questions about the artwork on the walls. The teenagers disperse as each one is compelled to stand next to their own artwork. There, they interact with the visitors. The artists communicate with people they’ve never met before and share what is personal and important to them — their creative process, inspiration and artistic vision. A group of teenagers become confident artists, proudly sharing their work with others during this evening reception. The students’ artwork is vibrant and innovative. As you tour the exhibit, you can detect a class assignment but since each artist interprets the assignment so differently, the collection is exhilarating. You can’t help but feel that these young artists create with an intense individuality that, ironically, is the most apparent when their work is displayed all together. “The students are always excited to participate in the annual Senior Showcase at Art in City Hall,” says Daniel Moosbrugger, Hamilton Southeastern High School Art Educator and Fishers Arts Council board member. “Although they have the opportunity to showcase their work in the common spaces in the school building and in the district art show, Art in City Hall is different. This is a special exhibit for the community, in a community space, that welcomes students to talk about their artwork and share their talent.” Mr. Moosbrugger develops the exhibit with Fishers High School Visual Arts Department Chair, Jasmine Osborne. They each evaluate and select which graduating seniors’ artwork to feature in the exhibit. Approximately 15 students from Hamilton Southeastern High School and 15 students from Fishers High School are participating in this year’s Senior Showcase. The art classes that students take reflect the
advanced technique and variety of media that are included in the exhibit. Senior art courses are college-level Advanced Placement (AP) Drawing and Painting, AP 3-D Art, and Sculpture. The Art in City Hall reception will be held on Friday, May 4, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy refreshments, browse the exhibit’s artwork and meet the artists and art educators. Entertainment will be provided by student groups as well. The participating artists and art teachers especially encourage younger students to attend the May 4 Art in City Hall reception. For younger students who are interested in art, the Senior Showcase offers a glance into what studying visual arts in high school is like. They will be inspired by these creative and talented graduating seniors who prove that art really rocks.
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What began as a fairly informal series of basketball training sessions, given by Fishers-based Harvey Harrington for his daughter and a few of her friends, is steadily evolving into one of Indyâ€™s premier sports programs for youngsters.
In 2016, Harrington, a former IUPUI basketball player and the brother of former Indiana Pacer Al Harrington, began taking his daughter Arianna to various indoor and outdoor basketball courts around Fishers to work on her game fundamentals. Soon, his daughter started bringing some friends, and they, in turn, brought even more friends. atFishers.com / MAY 2018 / FISHERS MAGAZINE / 37
Having coached at Westfield and North Central high schools, and with a longtime passion for the game, Harrington took a look at the growing number of kids showing up to receive his hoops help and realized Fishers could use a structured, allages basketball training program. Dream Chasers Basketball Indy, as he officially named his program, has helped more than
40 boys and girls improve their game, and Harrington expects enrollment to increase by the time summer rolls around. “I looked around in Fishers and didn’t see many options for kids for basketball training, camps clinics and that kind of thing in the immediate area,” recalls Harrington, a New Jersey native who has called Fishers home for the past 11 years. “I wanted something for Fishers that parents could take their kids to in a few minutes.” After using various gyms around the north side for his training sessions, Harrington realized he needed a home base for Dream Chasers and struck up a partnership last October with Hancock Wellness Center in McCordsville. He currently trains two days per week, year-round, at the facility’s gym off of Olio Road – Mondays are typically devoted to basketball fundamentals like jump shots, passing, ball handling and defense, while Thursdays are geared toward more general physical training, including aerobic conditioning, strength, agility and lateral movement. “I structure my training sessions according to the group and switch things up a lot so kids don’t get bored,” Harrington says. “For example, if I have a group that I know struggles with shooting the ball off the dribble, then we’ll cater toward that. With my brother having played in the NBA, I’ve watched NBA players like Reggie Miller, Chauncey Billups and LeBron James work out, and I know what it takes. I can train professionals all the way down to kindergarten level.” 38 / FISHERS MAGAZINE / MAY 2018 / atFishers.com
Harrington is currently mulling the idea of building out a Dream Chasers league with a season-long series of games, but is currently plenty busy focused solely on fundamentals and physical workouts with his Dream Chasers athletes. A father of three with his wife Kia, he also works full-time running his own Office Pride franchise, a nationwide commercial cleaning and janitorial company he opened locally in March of 2014.
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They’re ready for the Red Carpet. Fishers High School juniors, Whitney Roberts and Cynthia Foulke were recently named the winners of the 2018 Project Pigasus contest for their screenplay, “As We Begin.” The annual screenwriting competition, presented by Pigasus Horizons Inc., invited students in grades 9-12 across the state of Indiana to create an original short screenplay (less than 12 pages), a short summary and short video about themselves and their films. The contest opened in Fall 2017, and the deadline was January 25, 2018. As the winners of the contest, Roberts and Foulke get to have their screenplay filmed by a professional film crew. Once the filming is complete, their screenplay will be entered into nationwide film festivals.
“The best award is the privilege of having our script filmed in the first place,” Roberts says. “It’ll make it so real to have a complete film crew there rather than simply using iMovie to create a short film. We’ll get film industry experience working side-by-side with the Pigasus Pictures crew.”
at dialogue since I’ve written scripts before, and Cynthia was a huge help throughout the process, right beside me writing the plot and editing,” Roberts says.
The two best friends fell into the project thanks to Roberts’ mother.
“Whitney had a few ideas bouncing around that I may or may not have shot down because they were very cheesy,” Foulke says. “But we discussed what we and our target audience could relate to, decided on our main conflicts, then the characters were developed. Finally, we both wrote separate scenes and edited them.”
“My mom heard about Project Pigasus on the news, so, she texted me the link to the news video and suggested I give it a try,” Roberts says. Then Roberts, who is already an aspiring screenwriter, came up with a brilliant idea. “Knowing that two is better than one, I asked Cynthia, since we have the same English class, to co-write the script with me. I’m good 40 / FISHERS MAGAZINE / MAY 2018 / atFishers.com
First, the girls had to develop a plot for their screenplay.
The two spent many hours after school at each other’s homes writing scenes, then carefully editing their work. “It took a bit under a month, though looking back it felt like it went faster than that,” Foulke says.
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The girls didn’t have to reach far to come up with a plot for their brilliant masterpiece. “As We Begin” is about the relationship between two teens, Jordan and Dakota, about to leave for college and their fear of the distance that comes with this new stage in their lives. “The main characters, are largely based on us and our friends,” Foulke says. “The humor throughout especially is very similar to ours in many ways.” Now that their big win is just beginning to sink in, the girls are looking ahead to the future. “For me, this win means the world, as my dream is to go into the film industry,” Roberts says. “This is an experience of a lifetime as I’m going to be doing this for the rest of my life.” Foulke is undecided about her specific future plans but no less enthusiastic about the win. “I am so excited to learn more about all the aspects that go into creating a film,” she says. “Plus, it’s still slightly unreal to be working with Pigasus Pictures, whose movie (“The Good Catholic”) we both have seen and loved.” Roberts and Foulke are unsure when the filming of “As We Begin” will be complete, but, stay tuned. Visit pigasuspictures.org for updates on when and where you’ll be able to see the girls’ winning entry.
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Bridget Langan-Puckett, the new Fishers High School Head Varsity Softball Coach, says working with her players is the best part of her job.
“We wanted to get as many youth softball players at the game as possible to get them excited about playing softball at Fishers High School and Hamilton Southeastern and give our players an energetic, loud, and fun environment to play in,” Langan-Puckett says. “We typically have our biggest turnout of the year on this night, so we have made it our game for a cause. This year it was our ‘pink’ game. Since HSE was the home team they worked out all of the details, but we typically use it as an opportunity to raise money to help in our community.”
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Langan-Puckett says this season has reaffirmed her belief that working with the team is the most rewarding part of her job. “Our players are always fun to hang-out with, they organize community service events for the entire team and have really great outlooks on life,” she says. “Having a locker room out by our field really gives us a home. It is full of posters made by the players with different sorts of quotes.” Langan-Puckett, who is in her third year of coaching but first as the head coach, says “it is a great environment for their three teams of girls (including varsity, junior varsity, and
freshman), to become better softball players and have a great time as they represent our school.” Before she started coaching at Fishers High School, Langan-Puckett was an assistant varsity coach at Bloomington High School South for three years. They were the 2014 4-A state champs during her time there.
Great Mix of Players Langan-Puckett, who is also a math teacher, is excited about this season of Tigers softball. “This year, we have a great mix of new and returning players, including six varsity letter earners,” she says. “We have three great seniors. One of them, Kristi Gordon, is back in our outfield, and our lineup. She brings with her three years of varsity experience, speed, smarts, and offensive production. “Three-time varsity letter earner Diane Abbott has an expanded role this season. We used her in both the infield and outfield as needed. Sydney
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Milburn, our third senior, is new to varsity and brings a big bat and solid glove at first base. “ Langan-Puckett added that sophomores Brooke Benson and Courtney James are back for a second year on the varsity seat. “Together, they will manage the left side of the infield, and make some noise in the batter’s box,” Langan-Puckett says. “This team is made up of 13 hard working and smart players. We are looking forward to a fun season as we work toward our ultimate goal of a Sectional Championship.” The team also plans to build on their hard work from last season. “We had a good season last year,” Langan-Puckett says. “We went 10-12 and made it to the Championship game against HSE.” She has high hopes the team will make it to a Sectional Championship in 2018.
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“This team is a great group of athletes, we are going to have a lot of fun on offense, and we have some great defensive playmakers as well,” she adds. The Tigers softball team has a full slate of games in May, including home games May 7 against Carmel, May 8 against Westfield and May 14 against Warren Central. The Tigers will be on the road May 9, 15 and 17 against New Palestine, Zionsville and Anderson. For more information, visit fisherstigersathletics.com.
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HSEVENING OF INNOVATION
Bring your family to the first-ever HSEvening of innovation. This community event is designed to give you a taste of the innovations happening throughout Hamilton Southeastern Schools. There will be hands-on activities for you and your family to experience what 21st-century teaching and learning is all about. Hamilton Southeastern High School 6:00-8:00 p.m.
LAWRENCE CENTRAL GOSPEL CHOIR SHOWCASE
This year, Arts for Lawrence will host Lawrence Central High School's annual Gospel Choir Showcase at the Theater at the Fort. Theater at the Fort 4:00-7:00 p.m.
SOUND CHECK BINGO
Join us every Tuesday Night for Sound Check Bingo at Wooden Bear Brewing in Geist! Bring your friends and test your music knowledge as you fill your board to win gift certificates courtesy of Wooden Bear Brewing! This isn't your grandma's bingo, it’s Sound Check Bingo, so get ready to sing along and enjoy our craft brews! Wooden Bear Brewing at Geist 7:30-9:30 p.m.
BLOOMS IN THE BREWERY AT FOUR DAY RAY
Celebrate Mother's Day with flowers, craft beer and the important women in your life — moms! Grab your mom, daughter, mom-friends or treat yourself and spend time in the Four Day Ray brewery where you'll learn the art of flower arranging and bring home a fresh-cut, gift-worthy masterpiece! Four Day Ray Brewing 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
LITTLE RED DOOR DINE TO DONATE
Dine in or carry out at Detour and 15 percent of your meal goes to the Little Red Door agency Tues. May 15th between 5-8pm. Detour American Grille - Geist 5:00-8:00 p.m.
GEIST HALF MARATHON 2018
This year’s event will start and finish on Olio Rd, just south of 116th Street. The post-race party will take place inside the shopping center at the SE corner of Olio and 116th. Free parking spots are available at Fall Creek Intermediate School and Hamilton Southeastern High School. Geist Pavillion 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
SAXONY LAKE & BEACH & SPLASH PAD OPENING DAY
Come enjoy opening day for Saxon Lake & beach! Roy G. Holland Memorial Park and Billericay Park splash pads are free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Saxony Lake & Beach is open 7 days a week from May 26 – July 31 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entry is free for residents and $5 for non-residents. Roy G. Holland Memorial Park & Billericay Park 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
SUNRISE HIKE WITH THE DIRECTOR
Start your day with a sunrise hike with Fishers Parks & Recreation Director Tony Elliot as you connect and engage in meaningful discussion about parks and community spaces. No registration is required. Roy G. Holland Memorial Park 10:30-11:30 a.m.
DANIEL’S VINEYARD TRIVIA NIGHT
Trivia Night at Daniel's Vineyard! Gather up some of your brainiest friends and join us for wine and trivia starting at 6:30 pm! The topics will be about everything and anything. So come out, enjoy a pizza from our wood stone pizza oven, and test your knowledge. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams! Daniel’s Vineyard 6:30-9:00 p.m.
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