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Serving lunch at Hope Christian Community Center

Circle Up Indy Pre-Festival Staff Service Day

As the excitement built for the Youth Against Violence Peace Festival, Circle Up Indy staff and volunteers took time out to assist with the preparation, serving and cleanup at Hope Christian Community Center’s Wednesday  Luncheon. Located at 1970 Caroline Avenue, Hope Christian Community Center hosts a free lunch for members of the community every Wednesday. This is just one of the many activities held at this location, and Circle Up Indy was honored to have the opportunity to help out.

Mayor Joe Hogsett Announces New Community Health Network – Brandywine Creek Farms Initiative

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett.

The event was one of our biggest and best ever,  and Circle Up Indy was proud to have Indianapolis Mayor, Joe Hoggset in attendance once again. Mayor Hoggset took time from his busy schedule to speak and show support for the launch of a pilot program which addresses the limited access to affordable and nutritious food in targeted areas in Marion County.

Community Health Network, partnering with Brandywine Creek Farms, is addressing food insecurity in Community’s East region through an Affordable Access Mobile Farm Market, known as ‘The Rolling Harvest Food Truck.’ The pilot program includes educational opportunities about growing and selecting nutritious food. You can learn more by visiting Brandywine Creek Farm’s Facebook page.

As presenting sponsor of the event, Community Health Network provided free health screenings, sports physicals, car seat education, health and wellness information, and concussion training.

Sheldon Day

Sheldon Day at the 2017 Peace Festival
Sheldon Day at the 2017 Peace Festival.

NFL’S Jacksonville Jaguar’s Defensive Tackle, Sheldon Day was on hand at the event. An Indianapolis native, and Warren Central High School graduate, Sheldon was a college football standout, graduating  with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology from Notre Dame – Mendoza College of Business. He came out the the Peace Festival to show his support for peace in the streets of Indianapolis.

One of eight power-wheels given away!

Toy Story

Thanks to Barton’s Discounts and our other sponsors we gave away thousands of dollars of toys, book-bags, power-wheels and games. In addition to the raffles Community Hospital East held for child car-seats, Circle Up Indy also raffled a mini-fridge and a 39″ led smart television.

There were also free bus passes from IndyGo; movie passes, concert tickets and other prizes from Radio One; and Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated gave away beverages and other prizes!

For more about Circle Up Indy and the Peace Festival, check out our exclusive television sponsor, FOX 59’s, stories about this year’s Peace Festival!

Circle Up Indy

Founded in 2003, Circle Up Indy is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing violence by connecting people with existing resources, collaborating with other organizations, and creating new resources and programs.