Anna’s Celebration of Life Foundation director
It’s Sunday afternoon, and there’s another gathering of eight young minds inspired to help transform the lives of Indiana kids with special needs.
These meetings, which occurs every other Sunday afternoon, have become one of the most important events at Anna’s Celebration of Life Foundation, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit that provides life-enhancing gifts to exceptional Hoosier children.
Why? Because as a nonprofit we have their attention on weekends.
Our board of youth directors from the Southside is the second group of outstanding students from Roncalli. They are already inspiring others to get involved and are building on the success of their fellow students, who founded the board in 2014 and have since graduated.
They, of course, want to continue the incredibly popular Midnight Mile event, which last year attracted more than 500 students from several central Indiana high schools for a 1-mile glow run. In two years the event has generated nearly $20,000. The third annual event is set for May 6 at Roncalli.
Despite their busy schedules with classes, extracurricular activities, sports, church and family time, these students are giving of what little time they have left to help improve the lives of others less fortunate.
One can’t manage a schedule like this without a sound work (and play) ethic, so they like to keep that in mind while looking for ideas to inspire their friends and peers. With that in mind, plans are already under way for additional fundraising and “friend-raising” activities centered around volleyball, possibly corn hole and yes, wings.
How blessed are we? Incredibly.