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 nearly $12 million for the two organizations since its inception. 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 2018 Masquerade will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The 2018 honoree will be Kelly Krauskopf, architect of one of the WNBA’s most successful franchises and one of the most respected female leaders in sports. Krauskopf is in her 19th season as the Indiana Fever’s top executive, engineering the franchise from its birth in 1999 and directing the club’s business and basketball interests all the way to three WNBA Finals appearances since 2009 and its first league championship in 2012. The club’s chief operating officer through 16 seasons and general manager for 12 seasons since 2006, she was promoted to President in October 2012. She relinquished her general manager’s role to current coach Pokey Chatman following the 2017 season.
A Senior Vice President for Pacers Sports & Entertainment, Krauskopf also is overseeing the launch of Pacers Gaming, PS&E’s new team in the NBA2k league. Pacers Gaming opened its season in May. Krauskopf will provide leadership and guidance to include branding, marketing, operations and financials for the team.
Krauskopf currently serves on the boards of the Patachou Foundation, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and United Way of Central Indiana. Previous community service includes the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, Citizenship for Sports Alliance, Indiana Sports Corporation President’s Council and the Texas A&M’s Lettermen’s Association. She also played a prominent role in bringing the 2011 and 2016 Women’s Final Fours to Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
And in 2013, she was named a Sports Business Journal Game-Changer for impact on the industry.
“We are extremely pleased that we can recognize Kelly who is such a pioneer and leader in the growth of women’s sports in general and the Indiana Fever in particular,” said Masquerade Co-Chair Cindy Simon Skjodt. “And we are gratified in knowing that the proceeds of this event will again directly benefit youth both nationally and here in Indiana.”
“I am profoundly grateful for this honor,” said Krauskopf. “Though a native Texan, Indiana has become my home and I am proud to represent the Fever as well as our new enterprise, Pacers Gaming.”
Last year’s Masquerade honorees were local philanthropists John and Sarah Lechleiter. Previous honorees have included Quinn Bucker, Jim Morris, 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 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 17th year.
For ticket and sponsorship information, please contact Brandi Young at (317) 263-7694 or firstname.lastname@example.org.