Jim Morris to be 2015 Masquerade Honoree

One of Indianapolis’ premier charitable events – The Masquerade – will honor one of the city’s most prominent business and civic leaders. This year’s Masquerade will honor Jim Morris, who currently serves as Pacers Sports & Entertainment vice chairman.

The impactful and entertaining event is set for Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the JW Marriot in downtown Indianapolis.

This marks the 14th year for the annual event, which has raised $9.5 million to benefit both the Simon Youth Foundation and the Pacers Foundation in support of education and mentoring programs for at-risk youth.

First in his role as chief deputy to then mayor Richard G. Lugar and then in executive positions with Lilly Endowment, the Indianapolis Water Company and Pacers Sports & Entertainment, Morris has been a guiding force in Indianapolis’s emergence as a national leader in sports.

Morris had a significant international impact while serving from 2002-07 as the executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the world’s largest humanitarian agency.

Morris joined PS&E in 2007 as a Special Advisor to then CEO/President Donnie Walsh and was named President April 16, 2008. He became vice chairman last fall. He is a graduate of Indiana University with a master’s degree from Butler University.

Past Masquerade honorees include Larry Bird, Deborah J. Simon, Cindy Simon Skodt, Tamika Catchings, Rick Fuson, Steve Stitle, Frank Honcock, Jeff Smulyan, the Hulman-George Family, Melvin Simon, Herbert Simon, Reggie Miller, Bobby “Slick” Leonard, Clark Kellogg and Donnie Walsh.

The Masquerade is made possible through the generous support of many local and national sponsors. PNC Bank will return as the event’s title sponsor for the 14th year.

You can join us in honoring Jim Morris and be a part of another unforgettable Masquerade by getting your tickets for the event today.

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