First Annual FORUM 
Wheelchair Race 
Monument Circle, Indianapolis

May 1, 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

Warming up

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