The Greatest Spectacle in Hand Raising: A Future United Recap

Nearly 3,000 people united together to celebrate United Way of Central Indiana’s 100th anniversary on Friday, April 20, 2018. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was alive with the cheers and claps of United Way supporters, agencies, 100 Heroes, elected officials, volunteers, employees, friends and family during this once-in-a-lifetime event. Here’s a photo recap of The Greatest Spectacle in Hand Raising: A Future United.


Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The day began bright and early at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


Families gathered at the United Way walls to leave a handprint.
100 Heroes
100 Hero Kim Donahue receives her 100 Heroes sash.


A Future United
Nearly 3,000 people united to celebrate United Way’s 100th anniversary.



A Future United parade
A Future United kicked off with a parade, featuring two very special employees at the front: Chris Dial, United Way employee with the longest tenure, and Chanae Palmer, United Way’s newest employee!     


ReadUP kids
Children involved in United Way’s ReadUP program enjoyed cheering the parade on from front row seats.
Speedway Band
The Speedway Band provided an energetic soundtrack for the parade.















United Way Agencies
More than 80 United Way agencies came together to walk in the parade.


100 Heroes
100 Heroes enjoyed riding in cars on the IMS track for the parade.
Parade of Heroes
Mari Swayne, front, and the family of the late James H. Smith, during the parade of Heroes.
Rupal in car
100 Hero Rupal Thanawala says hello to the nearly 3,000 people in the crowd.



Jerry Harkness
NCAA legend Jerry Harkness served as the parade’s Grand Marshal.
Gov. Eric J. Holcomb
Gov. Eric J. Holcomb gave special remarks during the program.

















Thousands of people gathered on the track to be part of a living art experience.



A Future United ended with this one-in-a-lifetime display, kicking off the next 100 years of United Way service in Central Indiana.


We might have played on Friday, but we worked hard Thursday during Hour of Impact! Watch the recap video to see how employees at more than 100 different organizations raised their hands to help neighbors in need for at least one hour on April 19th, in honor of United Way’s 100th anniversary.