Media Contact:  Charles Ridings
USO of Indiana
(317) 991-1073



Pacers Sports & Entertainment & Herb Simon to be Honored at the Sixth Annual USO of Indiana Five Star Gala
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Pacers Sports & Entertainment (PSE) and its Chairman and CEO Herb Simon will be honored at the sixth-annual USO of Indiana Five Star Gala and Silent Auction on September 14, 2019 at the Westin in Indianapolis. PSE and Mr. Simon will be represented at the gala by PSE President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Fuson.

The Five Star Gala recognizes and honors members of the Armed Forces and pays tribute to those supporters of our military, veterans and the USO. This black-tie gala is the USO’s premiere event and largest fundraiser of the year. Other honorees include the Outstanding Military Service Member from each branch of the armed forces and the USO of Indiana Volunteer of the Year. News Anchor Dan Spehler of WXIN Fox 59 will serve as emcee.  

Gala details

Cocktail hour and silent auction: 5:30 pm
Dinner: 7:00 pm
Program: 8:00 -10:00 pm
Dancing with live music by The Bishops: 10:00 -11:00 pm

Entertainment will be a premium at the Gala as The Bishops take over the stage for the party. Fast becoming one of Central Indiana’s hottest bands, they promise to delight the guests on hand. Led by the powerful vocals of Miss Georgette Fraction and Bryan Bishop, this always upbeat pop, rock, and dance band delivers an unforgettable party experience.

“The Five Star Gala is not only our premier event recognizing our great military members here in the state, but is also our largest fundraiser,” said Charles Ridings, Executive Director for the USO of Indiana. “Proceeds from the event will go toward our five Indiana hospitality centers and fund our many programs that strengthen our military members and keep them connected to the people and places that they love,” he added. “The Pacers and Mr. Simon and all of their teams have been tremendously supportive of what we do. For the longest time the Simons and Pacers Sports & Entertainment have done everything they can to make Indiana a better place for veterans.”
“Everyone at Pacers Sports & Entertainment is so proud to be a partner of the USO of Indiana’s Five Star Gala and Silent Auction,” said Rick Fuson, PSE President and Chief Operating Officer. “On behalf of Herb Simon and our entire organization, we are genuinely thrilled to support the USO and we are honored to make a difference in the lives of the men and women who serve and have served our country.”
The USO of Indiana was founded in 1941. Over 100,000 service members and their families use our Indiana centers or participate in our programs each year. All of this is made possible by the generous donations from the American people, our corporate sponsors and the support of our volunteers.
Pacers Sports & Entertainment is an integrated sports and entertainment company including the Indiana Pacers (NBA), Indiana Fever (WNBA), Fort Wayne Mad Ants (NBA G League), Pacers Gaming (NBA 2K League), Pacers Foundation, Inc., and operations of Bankers Life Fieldhouse arena. Its team of inspired and dedicated employees has a shared purpose of winning through a commitment to excellence, serving the local community and entertaining fans and guests.
For additional information, tickets or sponsorship opportunities, please contact the USO of Indiana Corporate Office at 317-991-1073 or visit the USO of Indiana website at  

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