The Masquerade

The Masquerade, a premier date on the Indianapolis’ fall social scene, is the signature fundraising event of Simon Youth Foundation and Pacers Foundation and has raised more than $14 million for the two organizations since its inception in 2002. Both work to ensure youth in need, in Indiana and across the country, are given education and other opportunities to better their lives. The Masquerade has dazzled attendees over the years with top-tier entertainment and high-profile attendees.

The 2019 Masquerade will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19th at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The 2019 honorees will be Mitchell “Mitch” E. Daniels, Jr., President of Purdue University, and Dr. Michael A. McRobbie, President of Indiana University.

Daniels became the 12th president of Purdue University in January 2013 after two terms as Governor of the State of Indiana. As president of Purdue University, which celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019, Daniels has prioritized student affordability and reinvestment in the university’s strengths – leading to unprecedented growth in student success and STEM research. Under Daniels’ leadership as governor, Indiana earned its first AAA credit rating, led the nation in infrastructure building, and passed sweeping education, property tax and healthcare reforms.

McRobbie became the 18th president of Indiana University in 2007. Under his leadership, IU, which will celebrate its Bicentennial Year beginning July 1, has experienced a major expansion in the size, quality and diversity of its student body and an enhanced commitment to providing a first-rate education that is affordable, innovative and relevant to meet the evolving needs of students and Indiana’s leading employers. In addition to his duties as president, McRobbie has leadership roles with the Association of American Universities and the Applied Research Institute, a nonprofit in Indiana that accelerates the commercialization of technology across the state.

“We are thrilled to recognize presidents Daniels and McRobbie at this year’s Masquerade celebration,” said Masquerade Co-Chair Cindy Simon Skjodt. “We are deeply grateful to the commitment they have both made to ensuring access to quality education in the state of Indiana and across the globe.”

Previous honorees have included Larry Bird, Quinn Bucker, Tamika Catchings, Rick Fuson, Frank Hancock, the Hulman-George Family, Clark Kellogg, Kelly Krauskopf, John and Sarah Lechleiter, Bobby “Slick” Leonard, Reggie Miller, Jim Morris, Deborah J. Simon, Herbert Simon, Melvin Simon, Cindy Simon Skjodt, Jeff Smulyan, Steve Stitle, and Donnie Walsh.

The Masquerade evening will begin with a reception, followed by the dinner and tribute. 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 18th year.

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

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