The Indianapolis Inner City Youth Racing League
Catalyst Helps Women’s Fund Go Ahead & Play Hit the Streets
Local artists transformed 20 pianos into interactive, playable pieces of art accessible in key locations throughout central Indiana, August 1-18. Led by local 6-12th grade students, Women’s Fund GO Ahead & Play is a public art project designed to bring music to public spaces, and make arts accessible to the community. Located on the streets, in parks, on trails, at museums, and at community centers, the pianos are available for any member of the public to play and enjoy. As Construction Sponsor, Catalyst created and built a custom two-seater bench for all twenty pianos.
By creating a place to play, Women’s Fund GO Ahead & Play invites the public to engage with, interact and enjoy these creatively designed pieces of art. More information including an interactive map of all 20 piano locations can be found online on their website and HERE.
Catalyst partners with I.W.I.N. and again sponsors “Pink Pajama Party”
The I.W.I.N. Foundation's ninth annual “Pink Pajama Party” was held on Feb. 22 and 23 at the Indianapolis North Marriott, Keystone at the Crossing.
The fundraiser offers an opportunity for participants to sip champagne, dine, get spa services and dance in their pajamas to the music of local event band Living Proof. Simultaneously, it raises money for the I.W.I.N. Foundation, which serves women suffering from breast cancer by offering help with everything from personal errands and yard maintenance to massage therapy and yoga classes.
This year’s sleepover sold out and raised over $60,000 for I.W.I.N.
Catalyst Sponsors a Winner!
The Inner City Youth Racing League of Indianapolis wins big at World Championships
Without the support of our wonderful community, the kids from the Inner City Youth Racing League (IICYRL) would never have had the opportunity to accomplish what they did.
What did they do? In the entire history of soap box derby racing, since they created six divisions, no city has ever placed a racer in every division until this year. Yes, Indianapolis is that city and four of the six kids that placed are a part of the IICYRL.
“It is hard to put into words how difficult it is for a city to have just one racer place in the world championships, but to have six kids beat as many cars from as many cities and countries as our kids did this year is beyond anything you could dream about. The IICYRL was truly the topic of discussion with congratulations coming from so many people that we didn’t even know.”
— Larry Thienes, Board member and Volunteer
“Catalyst began sponsoring Indianapolis Inner City Youth Racing League when we learned that this program lacked funding for it’s shoestring budget.” says Todd Stacy, President of Catalyst Construction Management. “Pam and I felt that we needed to do something to help and the best way was to financially support the organization.” Catalyst goal is to help raise awareness of this great program in the City of Indianapolis, and create more interest from community leaders or possibly the racing community. At this time this program does not receive any funding from the racing community, however this program has produced several racers who have made it to the World Finals and done very well.
“This is a story that needs to be told and the program needs to be supported, if we are truly going to call Indianapolis, The Racing Capital of the World”, says Todd.
“You can be so proud of this; I hope it makes you smile. You have made a difference in the lives of many kids that would not have had an opportunity to race and these kids are pictures of the positive impact and results of your help.”
— Larry Thienes
Rally Stock – Stajah McGhee 4th place and fastest heat of the day!
Rally Super Stock – Nick Zimmerman World Champion and fastest heat of the day!
Rally Masters – Marlon Wells 7th place
All-American Stock – Henry Paul 9th Place
All-American Super Stock - Donald Edmonds 8th place
All-American Masters - Simeon Enoch 9th place
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