INDIANAPOLIS, October 11, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Brackets For Good and AT&T announced today a collaboration to introduce a first-ever nation-wide Brackets For Good tournament — just in time for basketball’s Big Dance. Tipping off on Feb. 24, 2017, 64 large national charities will compete online in a single-elimination bracket-style fundraising tournament. In addition to raising awareness and funds, the winning organization will receive a $100,000 contribution from AT&T. It’s competitive giving. Everybody wins.
The legacy of Colonel Lilly inspires our actions today. So, as we reflect on his call for us to make things better we continually recommit ourselves to serving our communities. During this year's Global Day of Service, we set out with our colleagues, friends and family to do just this. On Oct. 2, some 24,000 Lilly employees spanning nearly 60 countries participated in building on our strong heritage of making life better.
Every two years, the Indianapolis Prize is awarded to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to conservation efforts involving a single animal species or multiple species. This year, Dr. Patricia C. Wright was honored with the world’s leading award for animal conservation at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.
Today's guest blog comes from Lilly's Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility, Rob Smith.
Over the last few weeks, Lilly has been advocating for greater public investments in high-quality early education. Our partner, the United Way of Central Indiana, has been doing great work in this area for quite some time. However, our city – and ultimately, the State of Indiana – must provide more public funds to accelerate the work.
Every year, 22,000 Indianapolis students miss out on educational opportunities as a result of suspension from school. Another 1,800 miss out on opportunities as a result of expulsion or dropping out. A recent spike in crime begs the question: how do we keep these kids in school and out of trouble?
As a company born and raised in Indianapolis, we’ve always considered ourselves a part of Indy, just as Indy is a part of us. This principle has guided our actions in our hometown over the past 138 years.