ELEVATE Under the Big Top in 2020

United Way of Central Indiana unveiled a vintage circus theme for the 2nd annual ELEVATE, an event designed to engage and recognize young professionals who care about our community’s social issues while raising awareness of generational poverty. ELEVATE, presented by GEICO, will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, February 29, 2020, at the Crane Bay Event Center in downtown Indianapolis and will include circus-style food, fun and entertainment.

Last year’s ELEVATE event raised more than $63,000 that supported United Way’s Basic Needs Fund, one of three impact initiatives launched earlier this year that aims to provide essentials such as housing, transportation, food, and healthcare to struggling populations in Central Indiana. Funds generated from ELEVATE 2020 will help more individuals and families maintain safe and affordable housing access and retention services to thousands of individuals in United Way’s six-county region. Tens of thousands of low-income individuals spend more than 50 percent of their earnings on housing, putting them at risk of eviction and falling deeper into poverty.

“Hoosiers do best when we wrap our arms around one another,” said Lauren Petersen, ELEVATE 2019 Board Member of the Year award winner representing Partners in Housing and member of United Way of Central Indiana’s Board of Directors. “ELEVATE provides an intentional, collaborative, and high-energy platform to celebrate and honor our community’s rising philanthropists and dedicated volunteers.”

ELEVATE’s volunteer Host Committee works diligently throughout the year to bring thought leaders across Central Indiana together to strategize and execute on the event’s theme, goals, and activities for the second running of the young professional’s gala.

“This committee provides a unique opportunity to work alongside the multitude of Indianapolis young professionals of many different backgrounds,” said Jamie Jansen, ELEVATE Host Committee Chair and marketing operations manager for OneAmerica. “A lot of time, talent and effort goes into this memorable event for 500 young professionals in Indianapolis to raise awareness, funds, and measurable impact that will strengthen struggling families in Central Indiana.”

ELEVATE tickets are on sale starting at $50 per person through Dec. 31, 2019 and can be purchased at uwci.org/elevate. Ticket prices will increase beginning Jan. 1, 2020. More details, including this year’s official award categories and nomination information, will follow in the coming weeks.

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