YTB060216WESTFIELD, IN – Approximately 500 people attended the fifth annual Westfield Mayor’s Yellow Tie Ball on July 23 at the new Grand Park Events Center, raising approximately $20,000 for the Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program (YAP).

Westfield Mayor Andy Cook hosted the successful Mayor’s Yellow Tie Ball to cap the three-day celebration of the opening of Grand Park Events Center, a 370,000 square-foot indoor field sports and events facility. The guests, donned in formal wear and athletic shoes to celebrate the unique facility’s turf floor, enjoyed dinner catered by Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality & Restaurant Group, drinks and dancing.

“This year’s ball was a huge success,” Cook said. “The city was proud to show off the new Grand Park Events Center, and it was a perfect venue for this large gala event.”

The program featured speakers, video testimonials and participation from a YAP family and mentor. Special guests at this year’s ball included Sarah Fisher, IndyCar veteran and owner of Speedway Indoor Karting (SIK). In addition to appearing at the event, Fisher also arranged for the Tinney family to spend a day with her for private carting lessons.

The event was produced by Jonathan Byrd’s Event & Entertainment, a joint venture between Indiana-based Byrd Enterprises, Inc. and LST Marketing, LLC. The Westfield Mayor’s Yellow Tie Ball was the first official event to take place in the new facility.

“We are ecstatic about this large contribution to YAP from the Mayor’s Yellow Tie Ball this year,” said Tricia Akers, director of the Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program. “This generous donation will help so many deserving kids and families throughout Hamilton County.”

YAP, which was developed in fall 2009 as a pilot program in Westfield, has since grown to incorporate all of Hamilton County, including programs in Carmel, Hamilton Heights, Fishers, Noblesville and Sheridan. In a desire to be proactive in assisting the healthy development of Hamilton County youth and their families, the program offers counseling for youth and families, youth anger management classes, parenting classes, food and clothing assistance and more.

Multiple major sponsors supported the Mayor’s Yellow Tie Ball. Tom Wood Volkswagen of Indianapolis was the Presenting Sponsor for the event. Krieg DeVault, an Indianapolis law firm, was the Mayor’s Sponsor, and Methodist Sports Medicine, a leading specialty orthopedic group in Central Indiana, was the Westfield Economic Development Sponsor. First Merchants Bank was the Youth Assistance Program (YAP) Sponsor, and Faegre Baker Daniels, a full service law firm, was the City Council Sponsor.

The following businesses also invested in this year’s Mayor’s Yellow Tie Ball: Red Gold, SIK, Hamilton County Sports Authority, Legacy Fund, Hamilton County’s Community Foundation, Urick Concessions, Indiana Fire Juniors, Citizens Energy Group, Huston Electric, Biddle Memorial Foundation, Bullpen Tournament w/ Crider & Crider, Church, Church, Hittle & Antrim, Sheridan Youth Assistance Program, Barnes & Thornburg, C&T Design and Equipment Co., A&F Engineering, Holladay Properties, Holladay Construction Group, Enterprise RAC, City of Westfield, Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program (YAP), Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality & Restaurant Group, Riverview Health, Regions Insurance, AgReliant, Indiana Sports Properties, Westfield Washington Township, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP, Sysco, Bingham Greenbaum Doll LLP and The Bridgewater Club.

Please click here to learn more about YAP.


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About Grand Park Sports Campus

Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana, is a destination like no other. The thoughtfully designed 400-acre Grand Park Sports Campus features 26 baseball and softball diamonds, 31 multipurpose fields for soccer, football, and lacrosse. The Grand Park Events Center will open in summer 2016, featuring three full-sized indoor soccer fields, a restaurant and administrative offices. The Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse indoor basketball/volleyball facility opened in January 2016. Grand Park also features an abundance of green space and more than 10 miles of pedestrian/bicycle trails, including the largest trailhead on the Monon Corridor.

More than 1.5 million sports visitors are expected to participate in or attend tournaments and events at the Grand Park Sports Campus on an annual basis, making the surrounding area a prime location for economic development. The master plan outlines approximately 1,400 acres of land available for residential and commercial development, including hospitality (hotel, restaurant and retail), mixed-use, life science and corporate office uses.

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