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Pacers Foundation Awards $96,500 in Grants

Concludes ‘14-15 Fiscal Year with $409,097 Given to 48 Youth-Serving Organizations

INDIANAPOLIS – The Board of Pacers Foundation last week voted to approve grants totaling $96,500 to 15 youth-serving organizations throughout Indiana.

The largest gift was to the Indianapolis Urban League for its Project Full Circle, which assists youth from low-income backgrounds in preparing for post-secondary education.

“Pacers Foundation welcomes the opportunity to provide much-needed support to organizations trying to help at-risk youth discover the path to better lives,” said Foundation Board Chairman Rick Fuson, the President and Chief Operating Officer of Pacers Sports & Entertainment.

In addition to the Indianapolis Urban League, other grants were awarded to:

Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources, Cicero; Arts for Learning, Indianapolis; Camptown, Inc., Indianapolis; The Chris Lytle Foundation, New Palestine; Community Involvement in Learning, Franklin; Dyslexia Institute of Indiana, Indianapolis; Fathers and Families Center, Indianapolis; Forest Manor Community Center, Indianapolis; Happy Hollow Children’s Camp, Indianapolis; the Lesley West Prom Dress Drive, Indianapolis; Peace Learning Center, Indianapolis; St. Mary’s Child Center, Indianapolis; Vigo County Education Foundation, Terre Haute, and VSA Indiana Urban Artisans, Indianapolis.

The grant for the Chris Lytle Foundation came from the Indiana Fever’s BeYounique Fund, targeted for helping girls. Lytle has an anti-bullying program.

In concluding its 2014-15 fiscal year, the Foundation distributed $409,097 to 48 organizations. That is in addition to ongoing multi-year commitments to the Indianapolis Parks Foundation, the Indianapolis Police Foundation, Center for Leadership Development, Crossroads of America Boy Scout Council and Gleaners Food Bank.

Pacers Foundation, in conjunction with St.Vincent Sports Performance Center, will also award three Linda Craig Memorial Scholarships to Indiana college students pursuing degrees in sports medicine disciplines. Craig was the wife of long-time Pacers trainer David Craig.

Check presentation at midcourt

CNO Financial Group and Indiana Pacers Continue to Score Big for Indiana’s At-Risk Youth

CARMEL, Ind., Oct. 28, 2014 — For the 15th consecutive season, CNO Financial Group and the Indiana Pacers are teaming up to raise money to help support Indiana’s at-risk youth through its 3-point charity program.

CNO Financial Group – a life and health insurance holding company based in Carmel and the parent company of Bankers Life – will donate $50 to the Pacers Foundation for every three-point shot scored by an Indiana Pacers player at Bankers Life Fieldhouse during the 2014-2015 regular season.

To celebrate the Pacers’ 300+ three-pointers scored last season, a brief ceremony will be held at the home opener on Wednesday, Oct. 29. During halftime, CNO Financial Group CEO Ed Bonach will present a $16,500 check to the Pacers Foundation, and again pledge $50 for each of the Pacers’ home three-pointers.

“It’s a privilege to partner with the Pacers Foundation and help build better communities,” said Bonach. “Our contribution to the Pacers Foundation – like many of our other philanthropic programs – affirms our commitment to making Indiana a better place to live, learn, work and play.”

“Pacers Sports & Entertainment and the Pacers Foundation have no better partner than CNO Financial Group,” said PS&E President and COO Rick Fuson, who also is chair of the Pacers Foundation. “It is gratifying to know that Indiana youth also benefit every time one of our players hit a three-pointer.”

Since 1999, CNO Financial Group has donated more than $225,000 to the Pacers Foundation toward its mission to build stronger Indiana communities by investing in educational programs and activities for at-risk youth and their families.

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

About Pacers Foundation

Established in 1993, Pacers Foundation’s mission is to support collaborative initiatives to encourage Indiana’s youth in making winning life choices. We do this through grant making, scholarships and other community partnerships. To learn more, visit

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