Spirit & Place Festival
Join us for the one-of-a-kind Spirit and Place Festival, November 2-11 – a festival of fun, a market place of ideas and an explosion of creativity. This year’s theme is “play”. Dayspring Center will partner with Bottom Line Performance, specializing in creative and memorable learning solutions, to present “A Paycheck Away”, a learning game about homelessness. In this board game, players are put in the shoes of a real homeless family. Players experience the difficult problems a homeless family faces and start to see homelessness as a symptom – not a cause. Playing will take place on Friday, November 9th 2012, 7 – 9 pm at the Farm Bureau Insurance headquarters in downtown Indianapolis.
Would you like to volunteer? Game Master and Game Ambassadors needed. Learn more here.
A calendar of "play" and information on Spirit & Place Festival .
Learn more about "A Paycheck Away" and watch a sneak peak video here
Eric Wells Memorial Foundation Benefit Ride
August 11, 2012 the Eric Wells Memorial Foundation hosted a benefit ride for Dayspring Center Homeless Shelter. Learn more here.
Dayspring's 4th Annual Mini-golf Classic
|Corporate and family teams joined Title Sponsor, IPL, and Dayspring Center at Pirates Cove for a wacky, all-out fun miniature golf fundraiser to benefit local homeless families with children. Teams faced some of the most unusual putting challenges at this year's Mini-golf Classic. While some put their putting skills to test using a pool cue, hockey stick, and pink flamingo, others struggled to get that sought-after “hole-in-one” putting an orange, marble, duct-taped ball or navigating around lamp bases strewn on the 18th hole!|
Family Fun on the Course:
Family teams enjoyed music and the antics of mascots Butler Bulldog and the Chick-fil-A calf as children scooped up prizes at several holes. Important facts about family homelessness were posted throughout the course. Families were encouraged to complete the "Dayspring Fact Finder" on the back of their scorecard for a prize. Congratulations to the Albright Family who answered all questions correctly and won 4 Box Seats to an Indianapolis Indians Game!
Corporate teams gathered at the ExactTarget Patron's Party prior to the tournament. Teams took part in the “Choke Your Opponent” game by buying their way out of penalties during the tournament. Foamcraft Inc., Bottom Line Performance and Russel Martin & Associates bought their company a reprieve having the highest totals in their jar. Corporate teams were competing for the grand prize and the rights to take home the traveling trophy. Teams also donned themed-wear competing for the Spirit Stick award! In the end, everyone agreed ExactTarget's orange togas were the hit of the evening! Song tributes to our sponsors, off-the-wall putting challenges and penalty holes, like texting while putting, entertained teams throughout the tournament.
Congratulations to the following winners:
Grand Prize Corporate Foursome Winner: Russell Martin & Associates
Foursome at Hawthorne County Club and rights to take home the traveling trophy.
Player with Lowest Score: Doug Martin on the RMA team
"Ball of Shame" Winner - Player with Highest Score: Sarah Brown on the IPL team - 2 lawn seat tickets to Klipsch
Hole-in-One Winner: Brady Gleeson - IPL Tailgating Package
Spirit Stick Award: ExactTarget - for the third year!
Dayspring Fact Finder Game: The Albright Family - 4 Box Seats to an Indianapolis Indians Game
Dayspring Center would like to acknowledge the many volunteers who helped behind the scenes, assisted at registration and served as caddies to give family and corporate teams the wackiest time they ever had on a miniature golf course!
Special thanks to our Title Sponsor, IPL, Patron Party Sponsor, ExactTarget and our returning Hospitality Sponsor, Chick-fil-A at the Crossing. Especially grateful to the following Corporate Hole Sponsors for their enthusiasm on the course and their generosity in support of the homeless families of central Indiana.
- Bottom Line Performance
- Charles Schwab Inc.
- CHUBB Group
- Citizen Energy Group
- Data Comm
- Draper & Assoc.
- Foamcraft, Inc.
- Interactive Academy
- Indiana Thermal Solutions
- National Association of Professional Women
- Russell Martin & Assoc.
- Spidel Burnfin LLC
- The Michael Group
- Wallington Asset Management
- Wilhelm Construction
- Willow Marketing
A Glimpse of the Past Serves as Inspiration for the Road Ahead
25th Anniversary Celebration
Mayor Greg Ballard, Debby Knox of WISH-TV and an attention grabbing lawn display of 1,500 childlike figures helped to kick-off Dayspring Center's 25th Anniversary Celebration on March 16! Guests gathered at All Saints Episcopal Church to hear several founding members, former volunteers and staff reflect on the early years of the Center. For founding members it was a time to reconnect to the people who helped to establish one of the few family emergency shelters in our city today. For current board members and volunteers it was a time to learn more about the Center's remarkable history and acknowledge the service of those before them.
The 25th anniversary event also helped to raise awareness on the number of parents and children facing homelessness today. With the help of a dozen volunteers, 1,500 child-like figures were placed on the front lawn of Dayspring Center, representing the number of children homeless on any given night in our city. For 5 days, downtown commuters, neighborhood residents and businesses were reminded of the tragic circumstance of too many children in our city.
Over 25 years ago, the kind gesture of a priest opening the parish doors so the homeless could sleep on a pew marked the beginning of a life-changing mission for families with children. Today, Dayspring Center has helped over 5,000 families, including nearly 12,000 children lead a stronger, independent way of life.