It’s Our Turn
“Give to the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you.” — Madeline S. Bridges
The world spotlight is shining brightly on Indianapolis as we host Super Bowl XLVI’s weeklong extravaganza. It’s a sure bet that we will give “the best we have,” and I believe we will be so successful that the Super Bowl will “come back to us.”
Did you know that of the 46 years only 26 cities have hosted the Super Bowl? Miami (my hometown) has actually hosted it 10 times. With that in mind, I am reminded that unlike Miami, Indianapolis is a walkable city, and the stadium is downtown. Above all, as Allison Melangton, president and CEO of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee, says, “I feel like Indianapolis does things that no other city can do because our community can pull together.”
As the woman’s voice for our city, Indianapolis Woman has embraced several projects that are tied to Super Bowl XLVI. Two are of special significance to women and may interest you as well.
Indy’s Super Cure: This initiative has helped raise money for and increase healthy breast tissue donations to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center. So far, more than $1.6 million has been raised. This is a program that truly affects women all over the world –– not just here in Indianapolis. For more information, log on komentissuebank.iu.edu or read our feature story, Super Woman, Super Cure.
Off The Field NFL Players’ Wives Association Fashion Show: Another way to be a part of the Super Bowl action and help make a difference is by attending the fashion show and brunch Feb. 3 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Former and current NFL players’ wives will be modeling clothing from Saks, and proceeds benefit JT’s Hand and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. Tanya Hand, wife of Jon Hand, and Ashley Manning, wife of Peyton Manning, will host the event. For tickets, log on otffashionshow2012.eventbrite.com.
In this issue, you’ll read about Melangton and how she’s led the Host Committee in planning this huge event (page 30), five local women who have lent their creative talents to the 46 for XLVI mural project (page 38), our top 10 picks for taking in Super Bowl-related activities (page 12), how local businesses are preparing for the increased business surrounding the big game (page 72) and how Super Bowl XLVI has given the near eastside an opportunity for revitalization (page 76).
Our goal in this issue is to give an insiders view of Super Bowl XLVI at its best. If you aren’t actively involved, I hope that you vicariously feel the commitment and pride in our great city.
Mary B. Weiss