Pacers, Fever Team up with TeamSmile for Free Day of Dental Care
Indianapolis (January 29, 2014) - The Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever teamed up with TeamSmile on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to provide free dental exams to over 300 local children from IPS School #44. Fever head coach Lin Dunn, along with Boomer and the Pacemates attended the event.
Dunn was part of a crew of over 100 dental professionals and volunteers, led by lead dentist Dr. Nicole Van Le, who helped give the children treatment, sealants, and instruction while promoting the importance of good dental hygiene. The event also featured fun activities, including face painting, balloon animals, and interaction with clowns and mascots, designed to make the experience enjoyable as well as educational.
"It's tough times for a lot of people," Dunn said. "It's expensive to go to the dentist, and a lot of people put it off and then it becomes too late. This whole concept of TeamSmile, where doctors and doctors' assistants volunteer and provide free care for these kids, of course we want to be a part of that. Pacers Sports & Entertainment is all about winning championships, but we're all about giving back, too."
Indiana Pacers to Host 16th Annual “Come to Our House” Thanksgiving Dinner
Indianapolis (November 8, 2013) – On Thursday, Nov. 14 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, over 650 men, women and children from Central Indiana shelters will be served a warm, home-cooked holiday meal by the Indiana Pacers and the Indiana Fever. The annual event is presented by Pacers sponsor US Foods and hosted by Pacers forward David West and his wife, Lesley. Levy Restaurants is preparing the meal and all leftover food will be donated to Second Helpings.
The current Pacers players and coaches will be joined by Fever staff, the Pacemates, Pacers Radio/TV personalities, Boomer, Pacers employees, former Pacers legends Rik Smits, Darnell Hillman, Derrick McKey, Fred Jones and Eddie Gill along with special guests in serving the hearty meal to the assembled guests. In addition to the food, the guests will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities which include: the IU Health blood pressure screenings; the Health Exchange Marketplace; photo booths; FREE popcorn; a Balloon Artist; a Face Painter and more.
In addition, when the guests leave Bankers Life Fieldhouse after their meal, they will all receive a Pacers Holiday Pack which includes a Pacers hat, an Indiana Fever scarf (compliments of Fever coach Lin Dunn and Fever President Kelly Krauskopf), gloves and a variety of other cold-weather items. Hardees and Finish Line have also made donations to the goodie bags.
Groups scheduled to attend include: The Wheeler Center, Dayspring Center, Dove Recovery House, Salvation Army, Good News Mission, Holy Family Shelter, Horizon House, HVAF Network, Stopover, The Julian Center and Wheeler Mission.
Pacers, JAKKS Pacific Team Up to Give Away 20,000 Toys
Indianapolis (August 14, 2013) – This summer over 20,000 toys will be donated to children of Central Indiana families by the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever, in partnership with leading U.S. toy and consumer products company, JAKKS Pacific. The effort is supported by the Indiana National Guard in a project called, “Summer Christmas.” In December, additional toys will be given out to more families and charities for the holiday season.
The Pacers and Fever have been working with the National Guard and various civic and community partners to distribute the toys. Among the groups receiving toys this summer are the National Guard; the Indianapolis Children’s Museum; Christel House Academy; Indiana Members Credit Union and IPS #44; Community Health Network; Tamika Catchings’ Catch the Stars Foundation; Ben Davis Christian Church/McClelland Elementary School and Riley Children’s Hospital among others.
“Through the pure generosity of my friend, Stephen Berman, of JAKKS Pacific, we have been able to help many of our fellow citizens with these toys,” said Herb Simon, owner of the Pacers and Fever. “To put a smile on the face of a child is one of the greatest things anyone could ever do. We are very grateful to Stephen and all the great folks at JAKKS Pacific for this opportunity.”
“Giving back to the community has always been important to Herb Simon,” said Stephen Berman, President and CEO of JAKKS Pacific, Inc. “We all remember how special toys were to us when we were young and we are honored to help him give back to the Indiana community!”
“We are very grateful for the kindness of our Pacers, our Fever, the Indiana National Guard and JAKKS Pacific for brightening the lives of so many of our kids,” said Kirshawndra Davis, Principal of IPS School 44, which received 1000 toys through its association with the Indiana Members Credit Union at a ceremony at the school Wednesday involving Pacers star George Hill and coach Frank Vogel. “IMCU is always first to help us and this gesture of free toys for our kids will help in motivating them to be better students and better people.”
“For a few years now we have been honored to work alongside JAKKS Pacific, the Pacers and the Fever in making toys available to those who really need them,” said Indiana National Guard Brig. General Joe Osburn. “The toys have brought comfort, relief and hope to many of our own National Guard families.” Osburn joined Vogel and Hill at the IPS ceremony Wednesday which included IMCU President Ron Collier, IPS officials and Principal Davis. Boomer, Freddy Fever and the Boom Babies were also on hand to greet the students.
JAKKS Pacific, one of the top five United States toy companies, is a California-based company that has been designing, developing, producing and marketing toys and consumer products for children and adults around the world since 1985. JAKKS Cares is the philanthropic arm of JAKKS Pacific and since inception has donated over $50 million in toys, school supplies and monetary endowments to millions of underprivileged children around the world.