Pacers License Plate Available in 2017

INDIANAPOLIS – Beginning on January 1, 2017, vehicle owners throughout the state of Indiana will be able to purchase Special Group Recognition (SGR) license plates commemorating the Indiana Pacers and benefitting the Pacers Foundation.

The Pacers’ SGR plate will be available for sale at any BMV license branch and online through

The plates will feature the Pacers logo on the left side. The words Pacers Foundation will adorn the bottom. Plates for passenger vehicles, trucks up to 11,000 pounds and RVs will have the prefix WP. Motorcycle plates will have the prefix WG.

All proceeds from the plate will go to the Pacers Foundation to support youth-serving organizations throughout the state of Indiana.

“Since the Foundation’s beginning in 1994, more than $7 million has been donated to organizations serving our Hoosier youth and the specialty plate will enhance that giving for years to come,” said Pacers Foundation Board Chairman Rick Fuson, who is also president and COO of Pacers Sports & Entertainment. “We’re also delighted that Pacers fans can display Pacer Pride on their vehicles, especially as we celebrate our 50th anniversary season.”

Plates can be obtained for passenger vehicles and trucks up to 11,000 pounds, motorcycles and recreational vehicles. The plate will cost an annual fee of $40, $25 of which goes back to the organization, in addition to registration fees and excise tax. Personalized plates can also be requested for an additional fee of $45. Purchasers can request specific numbers from 101-9999 on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Pacers Foundation Awards Grants to 12 Youth-Serving Organizations

The Pacers Foundation board of directors awarded $55,500 in grants to 12 youth-serving organizations at its quarterly meeting on October 20.

Grants went to:

  • The Assistance League of Indianapolis for its Operation School Bell program that provides clothing, shoes and supplies to IPS elementary students.
  • IPS School 19 for its SUPER fitness program.
  • The Healthier Morgan County Initiative, Mooresville, for its Engaging Education project.
  • Intersect, Inc., Anderson, for its program that encourages youth to make healthy lifestyle choices.
  • The Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault for its program to increase awareness and reduce sexual assaults on Indiana college campuses.
  • Sheltering Wings, Danville, which provides shelter for women who have been victims of abuse and their children.
  • The Social Health Association of Indiana, Indianapolis, for its anti-bullying and anti-violence program for teenage girls.
  • Coburn Place Safe Haven, Indianapolis, for its after-school program.
  • RESPECT 360, an anti-violence, anti-drugs program directed toward teens in Allen County.
  • Southside Youth Council, Indianapolis, for its Teen Court program.
  • The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, which provides free K-12 school trips throughout Indiana.
  • Western Governors University, a matching grant to assist displaced ITT students in continuing their educations.
  • Million Meals, Indianapolis, which provides ready-packed meals to Indiana food banks, providing millions of meals to Hoosiers every year.

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CNO Financial Group To Present $17,000 Check To Pacers Foundation, Boosting Total Support To $250,000

Oct 26, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – CNO Financial Group, a life and health insurance holding company and parent of Bankers Life, will present a $17,300check to the Pacers Foundation during opening night ceremonies on Wednesday, October 26 at the Indiana Pacers game with the Dallas Mavericks.

Last season, CNO Financial Group pledged to donate $50 to the foundation for every successful three-point shot made by a Pacers player at home games during the 2015-2016 season.

Since 1999, CNO Financial Group has donated more than $258,000 to support thePacers Foundation in its mission to build stronger Indiana communities by funding educational programs and activities benefiting at-risk youth and their families. In its most recent fiscal year, the Pacers Foundation provided more than $400,000 to 49youth-serving organizations throughout the state of Indiana.

“The Pacers and the Foundation are tremendous partners in our company’s commitment to help strengthen the communities where we live and work,” said Ed Bonach, CEO of CNO Financial Group. “Every season we look forward to teaming up with the Pacers, knowing each successful three-point shot helps raise money to support the education, health and well-being of Indiana’s youth.”

“It is tremendously gratifying to know that each time Bobby ‘Slick’ Leonard shouts ‘Boom Baby’ at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, our partners at CNO Financial are contributing to organizations that create hope and opportunity for at-risk youth inIndiana,” said Rick Fuson, Pacers Sports & Entertainment president and chairperson of the Pacers Foundation. “We are so thankful to CNO for its lasting support of both our Foundation and the Pacers franchise. No NBA team has a better partner.”

CNO Financial Group will once again donate $50 to the Pacers Foundation for each three-point basket the Pacers score during the 2016-2017 season, marking the company’s 18th consecutive year supporting the foundation through its three-pointer donation program.

About CNO Financial Group
CNO Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: CNO) is a holding company. Our insurance subsidiaries – principally Bankers Life and Casualty Company, Colonial Penn Life Insurance Company and Washington National Insurance Company – primarily serve middle-income pre-retiree and retired Americans by helping them protect against financial adversity and provide for a more secure retirement. For more information, visit CNO online at

Buckner Humbled to Receive Recognition at The Masquerade

By Daniel Massa

Quinn Buckner, long-time Pacers Fox Sports Indiana analyst and vice president of communication for Pacers Sports & Entertainment, was honored at Friday night’s 15th annual Masquerade event, benefitting the Simon Youth Foundation and the Pacers Foundation.

The Indiana Roof Ballroom was transformed into “Club Q” for the night, as Buckner, well known for his accomplishments on the court as a player (one of only three men to win a high school championship, an NCAA championship, an NBA championship, and an Olympic gold medal) and courtside as a broadcaster, was recognized for his involvement in the community.

“I’m humbled, I really am,” Buckner said. “I’ve been blessed enough to have worked in this organization for just under 20 years, and with the Simon family in some form or fashion, and it’s amazing the giving this family does. And to be considered somewhat in that arena, I’m a little awestruck by being here.”

Buckner has served on the boards of numerous charities, and has made it a priority to serve his community no matter where his professional life took him.

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Quinn Buckner to be Honored at Masquerade for Work On and Off Court

Editor’s Note: Quinn Buckner is being honored on Friday, October 21 at The Masquerade, the signature fundraising event of the Simon Youth Foundation and Pacers Foundation. The following story appears in the banquet program for the event.

By Mark Montieth

It would be simple to recognize Quinn Buckner for the depth of his athletic accomplishments, which are, by themselves, extraordinary.

After all, he is only one of three players in history – Magic Johnson and Jerry Lucas are the others – to win a state high school basketball championship (Thornridge, in Dolton, Ill.), an NCAA championship (Indiana, 1976), an NBA championship (Boston Celtics, 1984) and Olympic Gold Medal (Montreal, 1976).

But stopping there would be stopping far short of the totality of Quinn Buckner.

A basketball player who always valued the assist that led to a goal, that trait has followed Quinn into his post-athletic career and is why he is being recognized tonight as the 2016 Masquerade Honoree.

Consider his “other” pursuits:

Big Ten Advisory Commission, Center for Leadership Development, Community Health Network Foundation, First Tee of Indianapolis, Indiana University Board of Trustees, Indiana University Foundation, Indiana Youth Institute, Indianapolis Zoological Society, National Basketball Players Association, Old National Bank Advisory Board, Pacers Foundation, Special Olympics of Indiana, USA Basketball and the YMCA.

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Pacers Foundation Closes ’15-16 Fiscal Year

More Than $400,000 in Grants Awarded to 48 Youth-Serving Organizations

In fiscal 2015-2016, the Pacers Foundation awarded $256,850 in grants with additional commitments of $143,000 as part of multi-year commitments. Forty-eight youth-serving organizations statewide were recipients of funding.

In addition, Pacers Foundation awarded four $2,500 Linda Craig Memorial Scholarships to Indiana college students pursuing degrees in athletic training and/or sports medicine disciplines. The recipients were Jennifer Hussey, Purdue; Heather Senica, University of Indianapolis; Sarah Jarrett, Indiana University, and Tania Biehl, University of Indianapolis.

Multi-year grants are to Crossroads of America Boy Scouts Council, Gleaners, Indianapolis Parks Foundation, Indianapolis Police Foundation, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis.

Pacers Foundation also made a commitment of $75,000 to Donors Choose to be paid in July of 2016. This was part of a grant with the Herbert Simon Family Foundation. Donors Choose provides school supplies and other educational aids to teachers throughout Indiana.

The Pacers Foundation also hosted Team Smile, a free dental clinic for Indianapolis area children.

Individual organizations receiving grants:
Arlington High School Athletics
Art With A Heart
Assistance League of Indianapolis
Coburn Place Safe Haven
Children’s Bureau
Child Advocates
Christamore House
Christel House Academy
College Mentors for Kids
Community Kitchen of Monroe Co.
Community Service Center of Morgan County
Cornerstone Center for the Arts
Dream Center Evansville
Dropping Dimes Foundation
Dyslexia Institute of Indiana (Camp Delafield)
Eskenazi Health Foundation
Forest Manor Multi-Service Center
Girls, Inc.
Hope Crisis Pregnancy Center
Indiana Black Expo
Indiana Plan Summer Camp
Indiana Repertory Theatre
Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites
Indiana Youth Institute
Indianapolis Public Library Foundation
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
KIPP Indianapolis
Murphy Mentoring Group, Inc.
Nine13 Sports
Ronald McDonald House
St. Mary’s Child Center
School on Wheels
Sheltering Wings
Shepherd Community Center
Social Health Association
Southside Youth Council
Starfish Initiative
The Independence Academy
The Villages of Indiana
Wellspring Interfaith Social Services

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Pacers Foundations Helps Renovate Christina Oaks Park Basketball Court

Indiana Fever Community Relations director Bobbi Courtright leads children from Indianapolis’s westside in a Get Fever Fit basketball clinic.

The clinic was the first event to take place on the newly renovated Christina Oaks Park basketball court. The renovation is part of a five-year partnership among the Pacers Foundation, Indianapolis Power & Light and the IndyParks Foundation to renovate IndyParks basketball courts throughout the city.

Christina Oaks is the seventh court to be refurbished and re-opened in the last three years.

Pacers Foundation Awards Nine Grants

Nine Youth-Serving Organizations Receive Assistance

INDIANAPOLIS – At its most recent quarterly meeting the Pacers Foundation board of directors awarded $43,000 in grants to nine youth-serving organizations.

Grant recipients were:

College Mentors for Kids, Christel House Academy, Dyslexia Institute of Indiana (Camp Delafield), Forest Manor Multi-Service Center, the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, St. Mary’s Child Center,   Shepherd Community Center, Starfish Initiative and the Indiana Plan Summer Camp.

“We are delighted to continue to provide assistance to these deserving organizations who are so dedicated to improving lives and creating opportunities for Indiana youth,” said Rick Fuson, Foundation board chair and President and COO of Pacers Sports & Entertainment.

In addition to the grants, Pacers Foundation continues multi-year commitments to the IndyParks Foundation, the Indianapolis Police Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis and Gleaners Food Bank.

The Pacers Foundation also recently joined the Herbert Simon Family Foundation in making a joint pledge to DonorsChoose to fund projects for schoolteachers throughout the state of Indiana.

For the fiscal year that will end June 30, the Pacers Foundation will have awarded more than $400,000 to 47 organizations in communities throughout Indiana.

Pacers Foundation relies on three primary sources of grant income: the annual Masquerade Gala honoring Indiana civic and sports leaders (basketball great Quinn Buckner is this year’s honoree for the Oct. 21 event at the Indiana Roof); its annual charity golf outing will take place September 21 at Brickyard Crossing Golf Resort; and its ongoing partnership with CNO Financial in which the company donates $50 for every Pacers’ made three-point shot during regular-season games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.


TCU & Pacers Foundation Host Breakfast at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

On Wednesday morning, over 80 people attended a breakfast at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on the TCU Court, benefitting the Teachers Credit Union & Pacers Foundations.

Local WTHR sports anchor Dave Calabro was the emcee of the event, which raised over $8,000 to help high school kids in Indiana.

TCU’s Financial Empowerment Program is a free, teacher-developed curriculum that helps young adults achieve financial literacy through a unique, web-driven course. The goal is to give students the critical thinking skills needed to make informed financial decisions for a lifetime.

The featured speaker of the breakfast was Oliver Luck, the father of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Oliver Luck is the executive vice president of regulatory affairs at the NCAA.

The money raised to benefit the programs was done with the help of the silent auction doners: Comcast, Emmis Communication, Indiana Fever, Indiana Pacers, IU Sports Properties, Indianapolis Colts, Indianapolis Indians, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, TCU Travel Club, University of Notre Dame, USA Gymnastics, WTHR Channel 13, and WZPL 99.5.

Quinn Buckner Is 2016 Masquerade Honoree

Celebration of Basketball Great to Benefit Simon Youth Foundation and Pacers Foundation

INDIANAPOLIS — Quinn Buckner, long-time analyst for Indiana Pacers’ television games and one of only three men to win state high school, NCAA, NBA and Olympic basketball championships, will be the honoree at the 15th annual Masquerade on Friday, Oct. 21, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.

The Masquerade is one of Indianapolis’s signature fund-raising events. In its first 14 years, more than $10 million has been donated to the Simon Youth Foundation and the Pacers Foundation in support of education and mentoring programs for at-risk youth.

Perhaps best known in Indiana for his role as captain of the undefeated, 1976 Indiana University national champion Hoosiers, Buckner serves as Vice President of Communications for Pacers Sports & Entertainment in addition to serving alongside Chris Denari on Pacers’ Fox Sports Indiana telecasts. Buckner also oversees all youth and high school basketball activities on behalf of PS&E.

He was inducted into the National College Basketball Hall of Fame last November.

Buckner is a former head coach of the Dallas Mavericks and played 10 seasons in the NBA, including 1983-84, when he was a member of Boston’s NBA Championship team.

An IU graduate with a business degree, Buckner won four Big Ten Basketball championships and captained the ’76 Hoosiers, voted the greatest team in the 75 years of the NCAA tournament.  Buckner then captained the 1976 gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Basketball team.  While in high school, he also captained two Illinois state championships teams

Buckner’s many civic and community activities have included serving on the boards of various charities, including the Indiana University Foundation, Big Ten Advisors Council, Center for Leadership Development, Pacers Foundation, YMCA, Community Health Network Foundation, USA Basketball, National Basketball Players Association, First Tee of Indianapolis, Indiana Youth Institute, Special Olympics of Indiana, Indianapolis Zoological Society, as well as being a member of Old National Bank Advisory Board.

Last year’s Masquerade honoree was Indianapolis civic leader Jim Morris. Other past honorees include Larry Bird, Deborah J. Simon, Cindy Simon Skjodt, Tamika Catchings, Rick Fuson, Steve Stitle, Frank Hancock, Jeff Smulyan, the Hulman-George Family, Melvin Simon, Herbert Simon, Reggie Miller, Bobby “Slick” Leonard, Clark Kellogg and Donnie Walsh.

The Masquerade evening will begin with a reception, followed by the dinner, tribute and live music. Special guests will include the entire Indiana Pacers team and basketball staff as well as many of the past Masquerade honorees.

The Masquerade is made possible through the generous support of many local and national sponsors. PNC Bank will return as the event’s title sponsor for the 15th year.

For ticket and sponsorship information, please contact Brandi Young at (317) 263-7694 or 

About Simon Youth Foundation:

Simon Youth Foundation, a 4-star rated Charity Navigator national nonprofit, exists to help at-risk students who are on the verge of dropping out of high school stay in school. Through 26 Simon Youth Academies in 12 states and Simon Youth Scholarships, SYF advocates, creates and initiates educational opportunities for students so they can start here and go anywhere. In partnership with local public schools, SYF has maintained a 90% graduation rate at its Academies since inception, graduated more than 13,000 students, and awarded more than $15 million in scholarships. Learn more at

About Pacers Foundation:

Pacers Foundation encourages Indiana’s youth to make winning life choices through contributions and community partnerships. Since its inception in 1994, the Pacers Foundation has provided more than $7 million to youth-serving Indiana agencies and has enabled thousands of youth to attend Pacers and Indiana Fever games through ticket donations. For more information, visit

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