First Annual FORUM
Monument Circle, Indianapolis
May 1, 2000
- How all this got started
- Media Alert
- Forum Credit Union Commits to Five Year Support of LifeNets - First check presentation at Indiana Governor's Residence Monday, June 19, 2000
The First Annual FORUM Wheelchair Competition was held on Monument Circle in Indianapolis Monday morning, May 1 to raise awareness for a national community service project that focuses on collecting used wheelchairs for distribution locally and abroad to needy people. Local wheelchair athletes will race to benefit the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana and LifeNets.
FORUM hosted the event, which will become an annual competition. FORUM, previously named Telco Credit Union, has also committed to providing a monetary donation of $7,500 to LifeNets over the next five years.
FORUM is a newly named full service financial institution, formerly known as Telco Credit Union. Established in 1941 as a federally insured credit union, FORUM serves over 73,000 member-owners with nearly $435 million in assets. FORUM membership is available to the employees and members of over 1,200 companies and associations in the Indianapolis area, family members of current members, and individuals who are retired from a company.
LifeNets is a non-profit organization that develops programs offering practical assistance that promotes the well being and self sufficiency of needy people throughout the world.
The entire event was televised on well-watched Dick and Barney segments on WISH-TV Channel 8 from 5:45 am to the time of the actual race about 6:55 am during the CBS early morning news.
Very special thanks to Mike Snyder and Caldwell VanRiper/MARC.
Below is photo coverage of the First Annual FORUM Wheelchair Race.
John Doublestein, who started it all, on air
interviewed by Dick Wolfsie
Peine Engineering provided support for the Event
Peters, Doublestein, Wolfsie
In the early morning hours. On right is Greg
Doublestein, father of John
The interview setting on Monument Circle
Racer being interviewed
Some sophisticated racing wheelchairs
About to start....
Wolfsie and Racers
Mattingly, Wolfsie, Snyder
Tom Peine, Vice-President of Peine Engineering
hosts one of the drop off locations for
Wheelchairs. He also took most of the
photos you're looking at (not this one)
Second of three interview segments. From
left to right: Andy Mattingly, Vice President
Marketing and Administration, Forum Credit Union, Dick Wolfsie, host, Marty Peters,
Executive Assistant for Community Service
and Outreach, Governor Frank O'Bannon,
Victor Kubik, Executive Director LifeNets
The earlier segment. John Doublestein explaining
how the wheelchair program got off the ground
Andy Mattingly, Victor Kubik, Marty Peters
Check presentation from FORUM to
Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana and LIfeNets
Members of Boy Scout Troop 127 of Indianapolis
Racers being interviewed
Barney (of the Dick and Barney Program) seriously looking on
Dick Wolfsie talking to Marty Peters
The WISH-TV chopper flying overhead
covering the race
The moment of truth as racers press on for
the Finish Line
Tom Peine and Mike Snyder