For Immediate Release
16TH 'SAVE ARNOLD' BARBECUE AT SPEEDWAY MAY 5
INDIANAPOLIS, April 24, 1996 -- The opening weekend of Indianapolis 500 festivities and track activity is once again the setting for Indiana's largest annual Special Olympics gathering at the "Save Arnold" Barbecue for Special Olympics of Indiana on Sunday, May 5.
Mari Hulman George, chairman of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, initiated the event in 1981 and has served as the hostess ever since.
Located in the Speedway infield, the "Save Arnold" Barbecue is highlighted by a sports demonstration with Indianapolis 500 drivers, racing personalities, media and Special Olympic athletes. The event, a basketball shoot-out, begins at 2:00 p.m. in the historic Flag Lot behind the main straightaway control tower. Eight teams of three Special Olympic athletes will be teamed with a celebrity for the contest, with bonus points awarded for three-point shots.
The barbecue, in the large tents adjacent to the Flag Lot, will be open from 3:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Food, as always, is donated by Kroger and Jug's Catering.
All-time contributions to the Special Olympics of Indiana from this annual fundraiser exceed $1.3 million, with more than $100,000 raised last year alone. Nearly 5,000 guests, including Special Olympians, their families and supporters, are expected to attend this year's barbecue.
The mid-afternoon sports exhibition is free and open to all Speedway visitors. Advance tickets for the "Save Arnold" Barbecue are $10 each and include admission to the track, preferred parking, barbecue dinner and admission to the Hall of Fame Museum. Tickets are available at the Speedway Motel and the IMS Ticket Office.
Tickets and further information can be obtained by calling the Special Olympics of Indiana in Indianapolis at 317/328-2000 or statewide toll-free at 1-800-742-0612.
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