Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

May 3, 2013

Fever coach to speak at United Way fundraiser

Bart Doan

PLAINFIELD — Lin Dunn, coach of the WNBA champion Indiana Fever basketball team will be the keynote speaker at the seventh annual Breakfast of Champions, which is a fundraiser highlighting all the achievements from the previous year’s United Way campaign.

The event is 7 a.m. May 8 at Five Star Catering at Primo West in Plainfield.

In keeping with the flavor of the morning, the Hendricks County All Star Girls’ Basketball players were also invited.

Limited tickets are available and the United Way hopes the always well-attended event eclipses 300 attendees this year.

“It’s an event that’s become popular over the years due to the fact that it’s not only a great networking event, but it’s also an event where we have a great speaker each year,” Susie Friend, executive director of the United Way of Hendricks County, said. “It’s always interesting to come and the speaker always tends to speak about volunteering in the community, the importance of being a part of your community and neighborhoods, and it’s an inspirational sort of speech.”

The fundraiser benefits United Way programs in Hendricks County and Zup’s Imagination Fund through the Hendricks County Community Foundation. Those local programs include agencies such as Hendricks County Senior Services, Mental Health America, Sycamore Services, and Sheltering Wings.

Friend said Dunn was a fantastic choice for this year’s festivities.

“We’ve tried for a couple of years to get Lin,” she said. “Each year we try to do something different. Last year we had Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger and we did a patriotic theme, having a lot of war veterans there. (The Fever) won the championship, and we thought it was the perfect timing to get Lin.

“I just enjoy listening to her talk. She’s a really good speaker and I think she will inspire people who attend the event to get more involved in the community.”

Friend said that she the event is part of an ongoing theme to get people excited for volunteer opportunities as they’re always sorely needed.

“Doing something for others is always rewarding,” she said. “I always encourage people to volunteer. You’re helping other people achieve something, and you feel 10 times as good as they do.”

Past speakers at the breakfast have included Butler University men’s basketball coach Brad Stevens and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Tickets for the event are $25 per person or $500 to reserve a table of eight. To reserve a spot, call the Hendricks County United Way office at 745-0310 or e-mail Friend at Susie.Friend@uwci.org.

Five Star Catering at Primo West is at 2353 E. Perry Road, Plainfield.

Just the facts

WHAT: Breakfast of Champions

WHEN: 7 a.m. May 8

WHERE: Five Star Catering at Primo West