Indianapolis – For the 12th year, the Indianapolis Colts and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will celebrate "Anthem Angels…Honoring Everyday Heroes," Hoosier public and civil servants who have made community contributions beyond the call of duty, but may have received little public recognition.
One "Anthem Angel" is selected and notified prior to each regular season home game. Each "Angel" receives four VIP tickets, a feature story in the Colts gameday magazine (The Scout) and on Colts.com, as well as special recognition on the stadium big screen.
This week's "Anthem Angel" is Toby Salyers of Indianapolis.
Toby is the executive director of a local community center, and he loves that his career allows him to provide opportunities to others on a daily basis.
He also volunteers whenever he has the chance, hosting a free lunch for senior citizens several times a week, overseeing a clothing bank and preparing home cooked meals for a local hospice weekly. He donates his personal time to Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, the Lion's Club and 4-H and serves as a board member for a company that provides healthcare to the underserved.
Above all else, Toby loves being able to help children in his local community. Each year, he works with the Decatur Township Fire Department and the Decatur Township schools to collect and distribute more than 600 backpacks of school supplies to local children. He also helps match local organizations and kids, providing holiday gifts to more than 500 local children each December. Toby says his personal motto is "Service Above Self," because it is important to become aware of the needs in your community, then to collaborate to create solutions.