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For Immediate Release:  January 8, 2015

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Media Contacts:  Jen Thomas | jen@jtprinc.com | 317-441-2487  and  Donna Imus | 317-730-3057

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White River State Park Celebrates MLK, Jr. Day with FREE Admissions on January 19th!

All Park Attractions* will open for FREE in exchange of non-perishable food donations to benefit Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana

Also FREE health screenings offered by Eskenazi Health

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INDIANAPOLIS – For the 15th year in a row, visitors to White River State Park Attractions will receive FREE admission and FREE parking on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 19th, with non-perishable and/or canned food donations (require at least one can/donation per person AND per Attraction).

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In addition to enjoying the attractions themselves, MLK Jr. Day visitors can: watch a free IMAX® movie; view signed copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment; catch Jingle Rails before it chugs out of town; get a free ticket to the Indianapolis Indians’ season opener if they complete a health screening; see cold-weather animals enjoying the winter chill; and view “A Ripple of Hope,” a film based on the speech given by Robert Kennedy in Indianapolis on the night Martin Luther King, Jr. died.

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Over the years, the Park’s partnership with Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana on this one-day, annual event has resulted in more than eighty-five ( 85 ) tons of non-perishable, canned food donations.

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“We are pleased to once again partner with White River State Park,” said Cindy Hubert, Gleaners’ President & CEO.

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“The drive not only helps Hoosiers in need, but allows families to enjoy these wonderful facilities at no cost.  We’re grateful for the Park’s generosity for the past 15 years as well as their patrons!  Without food drives like these, many Hoosiers would go without food.  We can’t thank you all enough.”

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* Special activities will take place throughout the day at most of the major attractions that make up White River State Park: Eiteljorg Museum, IMAX® Theater, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Zoo ( and White River Gardens ), and the NCAA® Hall of Champions.  The Indianapolis Indians ( Baseball home in Victory Field at White River State Park ) will have activities at the State Museum.

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“We’re honored to celebrate this long-standing partnership with Gleaners, as well as our partnership with Eskenazi Health on such an important holiday,” said Bob Whitt, Executive Director of White River State Park.

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“Each year, our visitors rise to the occasion by filling the donation bins to benefit those less fortunate while enjoying plenty of entertainment and healthy activities throughout the day.”

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“We are honored to celebrate this long-standing partnership with Gleaners, as well as our partnership with Eskenazi Health on such an important holiday,” said Bob Whitt, Executive Director of White River State Park.

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“Each year, our visitors rise to the occasion in filling the donation bins to benefit those less fortunate while enjoying plenty of entertainment and healthy activities throughout the day.”

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The following FREE activities at Park Attractions will take place on MLK Jr. Day:

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  • Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens:  Visitors can walk the grounds and see animals, especially the ones that love the cooler temperatures.  Favorite activities will include petting sharks, gazing at dolphins, and looking eye-to-eye with orangutans.

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  • IMAX® Theater:  Experience the IMAX® film “Island of Lemurs.”  Shown for FREE as space permits at 11:25 am, 12:50 pm, 2:15 pm, 3:40 pm, & 5 pm.  Get your IMAX® tickets early as they typically are all gone by noon ( 12 pm ).

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  • NCAA® Hall of Champions:  Get your workout in at the NCAA® Hall of Champions where current and former student athletes lead classes.  Also watch the film “A Ripple of Hope,” which is based on the speech given by Robert Kennedy in Indianapolis on the night Martin Luther King, Jr. died.  The film narrates the events through the eyes of those who were there, including Julia Carson, the late U.S. Congressperson from Indiana; Tom Cochrun, Indianapolis reporter; and Rev. Dr. Tom Brown, son of a prominent Indianapolis minister close to King.

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  • Indiana State Museum:  Films, activities, and performance art fill the museum as the life and times of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are celebrated.  Visitors can see first-hand two of the documents that laid the foundation for equality:  the Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment.  The Farmer’s Market Café will be serving lunch.

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  • Returning this year, Eskenazi Health and the Indianapolis Indians will again offer free health screenings but at a new location:  at the Indiana State Museum.  From 10 am to 2 pm, nurses will also be available to discuss the importance of primary and preventive care.  Anyone who participates in the health screenings will receive a complimentary ticket to Opening Night in Victory Field at White River State Park on April 9th courtesy of the Indianapolis Indians.  Plus, Rowdie, the Indians mascot, will stop by for autographs between 11 am and noon ( 12 pm ).

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  • Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art:  Visitors can immerse themselves in Native American and Western cultures with the museum’s many exhibits.  It’s your last chance to visit Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, a one-of-a-kind locomotive wonderland where eight ( 8 ) model trains travel on 1,200 feet of track to wind past treasures of Indianapolis and the American West, including the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indiana State Fair, a working replica of Old Faithful, Golden Gate Bridge, the Grand Canyon, and more.  And be sure to check out the lunch specials at the Eiteljorg Museum Cafe.

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The Park is also offering complimentary parking on MLK, Jr. Day.  Visitors may park in the Underground Garage located off West Washington Street in front of and between the Indiana State Museum and the Eiteljorg Museum in the Park, in the surface parking lots at the Indianapolis Zoo and Victory Field, and in White River State Park’s surface South Lot across from Victory Field (via Schumacher Way) next to the White River State Park Visitor’s Center.  Parking is not guaranteed and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please plan your travel accordingly.

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For more information about White River State Park, please check-in and visit WhiteRiverStatePark.org.

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About Gleaners Food Bank:

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana was founded in a three-and-a-half-car garage in 1980 with the purpose of fighting hunger in our community.  Today, Gleaners serves more than 160,900 different individuals who depend on food and other critical grocery products provided by the food bank to over 350 hunger relief agencies throughout 21 counties in central and southeastern Indiana.  To date, the food bank has distributed over 300 million pounds of food and critical grocery products.  Gleaners distributed nearly 21 million pounds of food which is the equivalent of 18 million meals. Gleaners also provides specialized programs for our most vulnerable populations, children, and senior citizens.  Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network.  In Gleaners’ 21-county service area, more than 287,000 people live in poverty — and 103,000 of them are children.  Learn more at Gleaners.org.

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About WRSP:

White River State Park is the epicenter of Indianapolis culture, offering unique experiences with a variety of educational and recreational world-class Attractions. The Park is home to several attractions, destinations and venues, which provide entertainment for a wide range of audiences, including the Indianapolis Zoo ( and White River Gardens), Indiana State Museum, IMAX® Theater, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, NCAA® Hall of Champions, Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field, The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park ( Harrison College Concert Series ), Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial, Historic Central Canal, Historic Military Park, Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Art Sculptures in the Park, the White River, and much more.  To learn more about the White River State Park and its many experiences and happenings, please check-in and visit WhiteRiverStatePark.org.

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