INDIANAPOLIS – Since moving to Indiana 30 years ago, the Indianapolis Colts have supported thousands of charitable organizations addressing hundreds of important community needs, including the awareness and prevention of domestic violence. This year, in addition to a $100,000 donation to The Julian Center in Indianapolis, Ind. the Colts have pledged to donate the proceeds of the 50/50 Raffle at Monday night's home opener to domestic violence charities serving families across Indiana. Fans can purchase raffle tickets at kiosks and mobile sellers located around Lucas Oil Stadium on Monday night, as well as in the American Family Insurance Touchdown Town, South parking lot and Blue Crew tailgate lot.
The Colts' support of domestic violence charities throughout the years has included financial gifts, gameday collections, community shopping events for mothers affected by domestic violence, public service announcements, clothing donations and other in-kind contributions.
"Domestic violence continues to be one of the most significant threats to one of our countries most important treasures – our families," said Colts Vice Chairs/Owners Carlie Irsay-Gordon, Casey Foyt and Kalen Irsay in a joint statement. "For many years, our family and the entire Colts organization has worked closely with several wonderful organizations focused on preventing abusive situations and helping women and children affected by domestic violence. As daughters, sisters, wives and mothers, we are committed to standing against domestic violence and supporting organizations like the Julian Center that are working tirelessly to provide shelter, resources and hope for families."
As one of the team's longest standing partners in preventing domestic violence and one of the largest facilities of its kind in the country, the Julian Center serves more than 6,500 women and children each year throughout Central Indiana.
"We are thrilled by the generosity of the Irsay Family and the Colts Organization and are proud to be able to continue our longstanding partnership with the Colts" said Catherine O'Connor, President of The Julian Center. "Their support enables The Julian Center to continue to provide life-saving and life-changing services to victims of domestic violence and their children during a time of unprecedented need in our community."
The Colts have pledged to donate the proceeds from their 50/50 gameday raffle at Monday night's home opener to domestic violence charities serving families locally and across Indiana. Fans can support this effort by purchasing raffle tickets before kickoff in American Family Insurance Touchdown Town, the Blue Crew and South parking lots, as well as during the game at six kiosks throughout the stadium and from multiple mobile sellers. Prices are three (3) tickets for $5, ten (10) for $10, and forty (40) for $20. Tickets can be purchased by fans through the end of the third quarter. During the fourth quarter, the Colts will randomly select one winner and announce the winning number and amount. Fifty percent of the net proceeds the each game's ticket sales will go to the winning fan and the remainder will support domestic violence charities. For more information about the Indianapolis Colts Foundation's 50/50 Raffle program, please visit www.colts.com/5050Raffle. Indiana Gaming License Number 134915
About The Julian Center
The Julian Center's mission is "Saving Lives! Changing Lives! Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence!" The agency has been providing services to survivors of domestic violence and their children including safe shelter, transitional and permanent housing, extended support, legal services, counseling, and self-sufficiency programs for almost 40 years. For more information or to get help, please visit www.juliancenter.org or call 317-941-2200.