‘#WeWelcomeAll’ video challenge issued to show acceptance, tolerance in Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 26, 2015)– Downtown Indy, also known as Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. announced a video challenge to the public Thursday and will partner with Open for Service, a grassroots awareness movement that works to promote acceptance.

This comes after Governor Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law Thursday morning.

“Our mission is to make Downtown Indianapolis a great place to live, learn, work and play,” said Sherry Seiwert, president of Downtown Indy. “And with millions of visitors coming annually, tens of thousands of workers commuting daily and 30,000 residents and counting choosing to live in Downtown, we don’t want anyone to question the vibrancy, inclusiveness and welcoming place our Downtown has become.”

Downtown Indy and Open for Service asks retailers, shop owners, businesses and organizations to demonstrate acceptance and tolerance.

The duo says the intent “is to leave no doubt in the minds of visitors that Downtown Indianapolis is welcoming of all” as people arrive in town for the NCAA Final Four.

“It is an honor to partner with Downtown Indy and help accelerate the mission of supporting businesses that will not turn people away because of our differences,” said Josh Driver, manager of Open for Service. “I am so proud of the work Downtown Indy does and it’s exciting to be a part of celebrating the good that goes on here. Indianapolis is definitely Open For Service!”

The video contest is called the “Great Downtown Indy #WeWelcomeAll Video Challenge.

Groups or individuals are invited to create a custom, original, non-political, two minute video that “celebrates downtown Indianapolis’ openness, diversity and welcoming atmosphere.”

Downtown Indy will select five finalists, feature them on the organization’s YouTube channel, and the public will be invited to choose a winner. The winning video will be placed on Downtown Indy’s website and receive a cash prize of $5,000.

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