INDIANAPOLIS — The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, today announced that Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Frank Reich will serve as the host of the 2018 KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball. The red carpet event will take place on Saturday, May 26 in downtown Indianapolis.
"I am incredibly excited to be back in Indianapolis for the month of May, because there's nothing like it anywhere in the world," said Coach Reich. "The pulse of the city leading up to the Indianapolis 500 is always electric, and all the 500 Festival events this month will bring our community together in such meaningful ways. The KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball is the culmination of this month-long celebration, and I am excited to serve as the host of this year's event."
Coach Reich raised the checkered flag at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to celebrate the start of the Verizon IndyCar Series Season.
In addition to his duties as host, Coach Reich plans to attend the 2018 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc., to be held on Saturday, May 19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"We're delighted to work with Frank for this year's KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball. He has such a genuine interest in immersing himself in the Indianapolis community and we can't wait to incorporate him into the 500 Festival's many events leading up to the Indianapolis 500," said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. "Frank has embraced his role as host and head coach of the Snakepit Ball and I can't wait for guests to enjoy his involvement."
The Keybank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball is the hottest ticket in town on race weekend. All attendees will walk the televised red carpet alongside celebrities, civic and business leaders and VIPs in town for the Indy 500. The Indiana Roof Ballroom will be transformed to reflect this year's theme, Fast & Fabulous, The Future of Speed. The future of speed will be incorporated into all facets of the event - from sleek, futuristic décor to gourmet food stations to truly unique signature cocktails presented in innovative ways. With high energy and nationally recognized entertainment Miri Ben-Ari and iLuminate, the 2018 KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball will be an unforgettable, unmatched experience.
Tickets for the 2018 KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball are $325 and proceeds benefit the 500 Festival's free programs and events. To learn more visit 500Festival.com/SnakepitBall or search #SnakepitBall on social media.
The KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball is sponsored by KeyBank, Business Furniture and BCforward. The KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball's red carpet arrival will broadcast live on WISH-TV from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Members of the KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball Committee include: Aaron Reitz (chair), Dennis Murphy, Melissa Proffitt, Joe Santucci, Fred Dufour and Sarah Fisher.