Vanderburgh County Commissioners and Old National Events Plaza announce rent relief for NonProfit fundraising events

The Vanderburgh County Board of Commissioners approved a plan today that will provide rental relief for community events held at Old National Events Plaza.  Under that plan, 501(c)(3) charitable organizations located within Vanderburgh County may submit applications requesting that room rental fees be waived for catered fundraising events held in the County-owned convention center.  Qualifying organizations hosting events now through the end of 2022 are encouraged to apply.

The initiative is designed to provide aid to local groups for which social fundraising activities are critical.  Many nonprofit organizations were forced to cancel or postpone events in 2020 and 2021, and rising commodities and labor costs have made the return to pre-pandemic functions even more difficult for many.  “In light of the last two years, and the pressures that Vanderburgh County nonprofit organizations have faced, we wanted to focus on relief, but also recovery,” said Commissioner Jeff Hatfield.

“This assistance may help mark the return of an annual awards luncheon or fundraising gala that hasn’t been held since 2019,” continued Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave.  “It also provides an opportunity for Old National Events Plaza to attract more activity in order to meet its community service and occupancy goals.”

“Our hope is that these waivers will assist organizations already committed to returning to in-person events, and incentivize those that are still considering whether or not they can afford to resume programming in 2022,” added Commission President Ben Shoulders.

Organizations interested in submitting a waiver request in support of a nonprofit fundraiser should first contact the Old National Events Plaza Sales Department to ensure space and date availability.  Forms can be requested from Old National Events Plaza at 812-435-5770 or from the County Commissioners’ office at 812-435-5241.