She reflected on getting to work with several organizations in and around the community.
“I’ve been able to work with the Colts over the years and been a part of the NFL’s partnership with the United Way,” Friend said. “Grey Hylton took great care of us in the Colts suite. Andrew Luck looked over and asked my husband, ‘How’s that cheeseburger?’”
She said she was asked to waive the green flag at Lucas Oil Raceway and had many other exciting opportunities during her time with United Way.
“I got to see Don Peoples dress like a Wheaties Box and Bart Beal as a super hero,” she said. “I was also able to break ground at the domestic violence shelter next door. I also got to be a Keystone Kop at Victory Field.”
Friend said one of the great experiences she had was last year when she brought together 16 CEOs to strategize on the $1 million goal.
“And we were successful," she said. "It's been a team effort to go from raising $250,000 to $1 million.”
She thanked her family and all of those in the community who have helped her to make Hendricks County United Way successful.
“And to my husband, ‘thank you honey,’” she said. “And with Adriann as your new director, you'll see the United Way taken to a whole new level. And remember — I’m just a phone call away.”