The first Indy's Super Cure Fundraising Gala was celebrated at Conseco Fieldhouse on November 19, 2011. The goal was to amass over $1M for the Susan G Komen For the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis. This tissue bank is the only one of its kind in the world, and is thought by leading breast cancer researchers to be the most likely place where a cure for breast cancer will be found.
This premier event gathered Indiana dignitaries, patrons, breast cancer survivors, and national celebrities to work as one for the cause. Funds were raised via ticket sales, donations, silent auction and live auction items, and the $1M goal was reached by the end of the night.
Entertainment included an original dance number choreographed by “So You Think You Can Dance's” Sonya Tayeh; Indiana native singer/songwriter/pianist Jon McLaughlin, and vocalist Patricia Wolfe. Comedian Mike Epps and broadcaster René Syler were on hand to help the event, as well as members of the Super Bowl Host Committee and Super Cure honorary chair Angela Braly of WellPoint. Susan G. Komen's sister and founder of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, gave the address of the evening.
Markey's Rental & Staging provided all the staging, backdrop, lighting, sound and projection for the many components of the main event. The backdrop consisted of a 160' wide combination of black velour lace-on draping on the outside of the stage, and a Rosebrand Stone Cotton Scrim, Silver Voile Drape and Gray Poly Silk Drape behind the stage that absorbed the lighting beautifully. The lighting included a variety of static lights, wash moving lights, and LED light bars, all engineered by a Grand MA II Lighting Console. Markey’s had four 15' x 20' Truss screens; two used for program slides and two used for IMAG camera images. Sound designed included a JBL Vertec 8x8 Line Array Cluster with a Mini Vertec supplemental feed; array speakers for front fill, and eight L'Acoustic HiQ Monitor Speakers for the stage entertainment.