Indianapolis Charity Event To Honor Hulman-George Family

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

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The Masquerade, an annual gala taking place Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis, will honor the Hulman-George family, owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The family is being recognized for its rich heritage in Indiana, including ownership of prominent grocery, baking powder and media businesses, benevolence on behalf of entities including the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the American Red Cross, the Humane Society and many civic institutions, and accomplished ownership of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indy Racing League and Clabber Girl Corporation.

"Our family is pleased to be a part of this event which helps youth in our community," said IMS Chief Executive Officer Tony George. "Simon Youth Foundation, Pacers Foundation and the Simon family continually demonstrate their love of our community, and we are pleased to participate in The Masquerade."

Herman Hulman, great-great grandfather of George, brought the family to Terre Haute, Ind., in 1850. Hulman's grandson, Anton "Tony" Hulman Jr., saved IMS from certain doom after the famed facility was closed from 1942-45 during America's involvement in World War II.

After meeting with three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Wilbur Shaw, Tony Hulman purchased the track in 1945 and began the process of rebuilding not only the physical plant but also the public's image of racing. Under his guidance, the Indianapolis 500 was resumed in 1946 and annually has remained "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" since then.

Today, under George's stewardship, the track has seen the construction of the Tower Terrace Suites, new grandstands, a new media center and the Bombardier Learjet Pagoda control tower. George also added to the Speedway's schedule, with the addition of a NASCAR race in 1994, Formula One in 2000 and MotoGP motorcycles starting in 2008.

"The Hulman-George family has been a mainstay in central Indiana for many generations for their successful businesses and contributions back to the community," said Cindy Simon Skjodt, event co-chair. "It is a pleasure to be honoring such a remarkable family at this year's Masquerade."

During The Masquerade, guests will be treated to delicious food and drink, a tribute to the Hulman-George family and top-tier entertainment.

Tickets are $300 each, or $2,400 for a table of eight. They are available by calling Dan Gaines at (317) 917-2864. Title sponsor for the event is National City Bank.