2019 Ambassadors

Lori Sprinkle

Why do you want to be a Drumstick Dash Ambassador?

“Running with my twin boys one year and running again after knee surgery”

What are your top two Drumstick Dash Memories?

“Love to post events happening in my life with my family”

Libby Harris

Why do you want to be a Drumstick Dash Ambassador?

“I’ve been volunteering off and on with Wheeler since I was 11 years old. Not only is the cause great but it’s such a great way to bring the community together. Truly believe in the mission, cause and culture of this event and would love the opportunity to promote it more!”

What are your top two Drumstick Dash Memories?

“Each year I see friends from present and past. It’s almost like a community reunion! Hearing the stories of those who have benefited from Wheeler’s services. It always puts things back into perspective and fosters a spirit of thankfulness. Great way to start the day!”

Kristi Huntington

Why do you want to be a Drumstick Dash Ambassador?

“Educate people about the important work that Wheeler Mission does for the Indianapolis and Bloomington communities and to Connect People of Active Lifestyles and Give Back to Wheeler Mission”

What are your top two Drumstick Dash memories?

“Watching my husband and step-son run together for the first time and running with members of Back on My Feet and Wheeler Mission”

Kevin Kotansky

Why do you want to be a Drumstick Dash Ambassador?

“Every year I am proud to promote the Drumstick Dash. I enjoy telling, and surprising people, that the Drumstick Dash is Wheeler Mission’s largest fund-raiser of the year. I tell so many people that Wheeler Mission is one of the most needed agencies in the Indianapolis area. In addition to participating in the Drumstick Dash, I encourage many people to volunteer serving a meal. They will understand the pain of homelessness and realize that this can effect many different people. The more people I can tell my story, the more people that will participate, volunteer and ultimately make a donation to Wheeler.”

What are your top two Drumstick Dash memories?

“The year that is snowed was an incredible atmosphere. While it may have been cold, WTHR sportscaster Dave Calabro kept announcing to people that “they were making history”. They were participating in the first ever Drumstick Dash when it snowed.
My second favorite memory has to have been all the years I was involved with Kroger. Of course I always staffed the Kroger booth at the Expo, a long 10 hour day. Then the amount of things I had to do each Thanksgiving morning before, during and after the race never ceased to amaze me. Those hours were always a labor of love to me, trying to make the Drumstick Dash a better experience for everyone.”

Kelly Halstead

Why do you want to be a Drumstick Dash Ambassador?

“I would love to be an ambassador for the drumstick dash because I have heard wonderful things about this race. My husband I relocated here a couple years ago and would love to make this a new family tradition. We used to run the turkey trot every year in Valparaiso before we moved here. This sounds like the perfect race to add to our family’s Thanksgiving Day plans.”

What are your top two Drumstick Dash Memories?

“I’ve never ran this race. However, I loved running the Turkey Trot in Valparaiso every year when we loved there. It was a tradition where we would volunteer the night before. We would wake up dress up and run the race with our friends and family.”

Kelli Marker

Why do you want to be a Drumstick Dash Ambassador?

“I want to share my love for running and help others eat!”

What are your top two Drumstick Dash Memories?

“Running with my daughter and the entertainment on the course.”

Kate Nickerson

Why do you want to be a Drumstick Dash Ambassador?

“I ran cross country and track and field throughout grade school and high school and found that the running community is so welcoming and fun! I enjoy spending time with fellow runners, family, and friends. Events like the Drumstick Dash really bring the community of Indianapolis together and bring people closer. (That’s what Thanksgiving is all about!)”

What are your top two Drumstick Dash Memories?

“My favorite Drumstick Dash memory is running with my sisters and racing to the finish. I have walked and run the race in the past but I especially loved running it when my sisters and I were teammates at Bishop Chatard High School…I really enjoyed the community aspect at the finish line when everyone gathers around for snacks and water after the race.
My other favorite memory is watching people chase after and search for the turkeys/turkey hats during the race. It is so exciting for both the kids and people my age and older to try to get one. Last year, one of my friends finally got a turkey hat and he was thrilled. It’s a great tradition that really gets people involved during the race. I think it’s a great idea because it takes the emphasis off the “race” part of the run/walk, and I think some people really enjoy just spending time with family and friends during it instead of just trying to get a good time.”

Kathy Bauchle

Why do you want to be a Drumstick Dash Ambassador?

“I have been involved with Wheeler Mission for more years than I can count. I remember serving lunch with my 5 children when my 23 yr was just 3 or 4 yrs old. I am NOT a runner, but I DO have a heart for volunteering and serving in our community.”

What are your top two Drumstick Dash Memories?

“I love the energy and excitement of the expo and the laughter and camaraderie of the pre-race crowd. So many people giving up their Thanksgiving morning to help the homeless. But my favorite is the many firefighters who gather together to serve our community in, but another, sacrificial way. Of course, in full transparency, they are special to me because my son is the firefighter who began and organized Fire Fighters On A Mission each year. According to him, it was the time that we put in serving lunch each month that motivated him to take it a step further as an adult.”

John Lummis

Why do you want to be a Drumstick Dash Ambassador?

“I love doing things for others.”

What are your top two Drumstick Dash Memories?

“The individuals that it benefits, and the party we have during the course”

Jim Patton

Why do you want to be a Drumstick Dash Ambassador?

“I am passionate about helping homeless men and women in Indianapolis. Wheeler Mission is the leader in this space and I like the privilege of being a part of the this ministry.”

What are your top two Drumstick Dash Memories?

“Each year is special in its own way. My favorite memory is the year that I had close to 20 family members sign up to walk or run. I had my parents, wife and daughters, brother, sister, nieces, nephews and cousins. It has become such a family tradition now.”

Jennifer Haynes

Why do you want to be a Drumstick Dash Ambassador?

“I absolutely love this race and what it stands for, move those feet so others can eat!! Such a well-organized event and an amazing way to start Thanksgiving Day.”

What are your top two Drumstick Dash Memories?

“There are too many list! If I have to pick just two, it would be my first year running and 2018. The first year I ran the Drumstick Dash, I ran with a group of kids from Mooresville. So much fun to see the kids enjoy running!! Last year I was an ambassador and truly enjoyed being part of the team!”

Jennifer Sheehan

Why do you want to be a Drumstick Dash Ambassador?

“I run every week as a volunteer with Back on my Feet and the Wheeler Mission is my location. I run with the people who live there and, in the streets, and love them dearly. I had no idea you could be an ambassador for this and would truly appreciate the chance to honor the ones and support the ones that I run with each morning at 5:45 rain or shine.”

What are your top two Drumstick Dash Memories?

“Last year with Andrew Peterson and all of my friends getting together for pics and then meeting up with my friend Laura Overton.”

Jennifer Hudson-Terrell

Why do you want to be a Drumstick Dash Ambassador?

“I have been a part of the Drumstick Dash Ambassador club for the past two years. Loved the experience getting out in the community promoting this family friendly holiday race.”

What are your top two Drumstick Dash Memories?

“Love how the streets fill up from Broad ripple Ave and you see the mass amounts of runners, walkers & strollers all the way to Keystone. Then Love the mascot.”

David Wilhite
Sharon Rohl

Why do you want to be a Drumstick Dash Ambassador?

“I enjoyed it last year and love helping the community.”

What are your top two Drumstick Dash Memories?

“The turkey grabbing me!”

Shannen Priser

Why do you want to be a Drumstick Dash Ambassador?

“I want to continue the tradition of being an Ambassador, but I love the Dash and what it does for the Wheeler Mission and also the community.”

What are your top two Drumstick Dash Memories?

“1) My first Drumstick Dash was back in November of 2010, it was only my second race ever as I had just started running the previous year. Even though it rained the entire race it was so much fun that I have run every race since that time. 2) The first year that my running club (Tiger Running Club) won the largest group, it was so much fun to be able to get that many people (over 200) involved and to get to take the picture at the starting line with our team was just Awesome!”

Sara Arnold

Why do you want to be a Drumstick Dash Ambassador?

“This run is more than just about getting people off their feet – it’s drawing awareness to those who truly need our support in the community and the amazing work that Wheeler Mission provides. As a social worker myself I have seen the many faces of those who have struggled and benefited from those of Wheeler Mission services or those alike and I would love to be an ambassador so that I can use my skills and abilities to draw even more awareness to this cause through such a neat, and healthy fundraising activity.”

What are your top two Drumstick Dash Memories?

“My first ever Drumstick Dash when I moved to Indianapolis because it was one of my first ever organized races that I ran, and the second being able to support a friend for her first run ever! Due to injury there’s been another year I’ve signed up but not been able to run but the Drumstick Dash is a run I never like to miss.”

Mariah Sahm

Why do you want to be a Drumstick Dash Ambassador?

“I want to be an ambassador to help promote the importance of donating time and money for organizations that help our community. I have always participated in community events and volunteering.”

What are your top two Drumstick Dash Memories?

“My top 2 memories from the Drumstick Dash include getting a picture with my friends at the start line and dressing up for the Dash. (Colorful tutus, socks, etc). I also really enjoyed being one of the top fundraisers for the event 2 years ago.”

Amanda Dicks

Why do you want to be a Drumstick Dash Ambassador?

“In Spring of 2018 I volunteered my time to do a Couch to 5K
program at the Women’s and Children’s facility. It gave me a chance to provide encouragement and support to the ladies. I prayed it would give them the confidence to tackle their addictions or struggles. It would help make them successful.”

Lindsey Eaton

Why do you want to be a Drumstick Dash Ambassador?

“There is no better way to start off Thanksgiving morning than being surrounded by the grateful feeling this race provides. Each runner/walker is coming together to help those in need. This race is a reminder to be grateful and together a community can make a big difference.”

What are your top two Drumstick Dash Memories?

“My first year running this race I saw someone with a shirt that said, “Be Better Today.” That message spoke to my heart. What a great goal to work for each and every day.
Last year I got my boyfriend to sign up for the Drumstick Dash. It was his first time and he was amazed at the amount of people and what a fantastic race it truly is.”