The Masquerade Announces Larry Bird as 2014 Honoree

Celebration of Hoosier Basketball Legend to Benefit Simon Youth Foundation and Pacers Foundation

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana basketball legend, NBA Hall of Famer and Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird will be the honoree at The Masquerade at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

From his early days at Springs Valley High School in French Lick, Ind. and Indiana State University to his renowned NBA career with the Boston Celtics and now with the Indiana Pacers, Bird always has risen to the top as a hardworking leader who inspires others to excel on and off the court.

The Masquerade, now in its 13th year, is an annual tradition that has earned the reputation of being one of the most impactful, entertaining events in Indianapolis. More than $8.5 million has been raised in support of critical education and mentoring programs for at-risk youth.

In 2014, the tradition continues as Simon Youth Foundation and Pacers Foundation team up to deliver another unforgettable Masquerade experience, with proceeds benefitting the programs of both organizations.

Entertainment and other event details will be revealed in the weeks ahead.

The Masquerade is made possible through the generous support of PNC Bank as it returns to serve as the event's title sponsor.

About Simon Youth Foundation:
Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit, exists to help at-risk students who are on the verge of dropping out of high school stay in school. Through 23 Simon Youth Academies in 13 states and Simon Youth Scholarships, SYF advocates, creates and initiates educational opportunities for students so they can start here and go anywhere. In partnership with local public schools, SYF has maintained a 90% graduation rate at its Academies since inception, graduated more than 11,000 students, and awarded more than $11 million in scholarships. Learn more at www.syf.org.

About Pacers Foundation:
Pacers Foundation encourages Indiana's youth to make winning life choices through contributions and community partnerships. For more information, visit www.pacersfoundation.org.