On Friday, May 28, Tim Hetzner, LCC President/CEO, and LCC K-9 Ministry teams were invited by Simon Pagenaud to the Indy 500 to receive recognition for their work following the shooting at the FedEx facility in Indianapolis. With a tragedy that hit close to home for the heart of the INDYCAR family, Simon and Julius-K9 provided financial assistance and recognition of the work LCC K-9 Ministries does.
In partnership with Julius-K9, Simon Pagenaud, 2019 Indianapolis 500 champion and 2016 INDYCAR Series Champion, presented Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) K-9 Ministries with a $5,000 donation to their K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry.
Hailey and I are fortunate to have a great partner like Julius-K9 who shares our passion for supporting organizations that make a difference in communities,” said Pagenaud, who participated in the 150th running of the Indy 500 last Sunday. “We learned of the wonderful work that the LCC K-9 Ministries is doing and we’re honored to be able to recognize them for their incredible work.
LCC extends a heartfelt thank you to Simon and Julius-K9 for their generous donation that supports LCC’s K-9 Ministry as they deploy in times of crisis and disaster. LCC also congratulates Simon on his 3rd place finish at the Indy 500 during a very close race.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Benjamin (LCC Staff), Emma (LCC Staff), Hannah (LCC Staff), Jared (Holy Cross – Fort Wayne, Indiana), Mercy (Our Savior – Louisville, Kentucky), and Naomi (Holy Cross – Indianapolis, Indiana), and their ministry teams were present for the event. These teams also served the families, first responders, and the community during the FedEx deployment. While at the Indy 500, they also spent time greeting attendees, especially bringing smiles to a new special friend.
While in Indianapolis, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Benjamin, Hannah, Jared, Mercy, and Naomi, along with their handlers, made a return visit to the Marion County Coroner’s Office. It was good to see the staff again after the FedEx deployment and see how they are doing. There were many smiles and hugs during the visit.