Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast Grows with Hoosier Lottery Sponsorship

Jun 10, 2013, 05:00 ET from Emmis Communications Corporation

INDIANAPOLIS, June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Indianapolis' largest fireworks display just got even bigger: the Hoosier Lottery has signed on to the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast as sponsor of the fireworks Grand Finale.

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"With the Hoosier Lottery coming on board, we'll be able to add another 500 shells, making the city's largest fireworks display even bigger and better," Charlie Morgan, Vice President of Emmis-Radio, said.  "Now in its third year as our title sponsor, Donatos continues to deliver on one of Indy's most popular summer events. We couldn't be more thrilled to add The Hoosier Lottery Grand Finale, and look forward to producing the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast for years to come."

Now in its 43rd year, the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast provides a dazzling fireworks display, free of charge, to a crowd that last year was estimated at 200,000.  This year's show is set for 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 4th. Regions Bank is also a sponsor of the event, with the fireworks being launched again from the Regions Tower in downtown Indianapolis.

The Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast has grown to include a beer garden, pizza for sale by the slice, a kids play area including carnival games, a bounce house, and more, a military area saluting Indiana soldiers, and the Indianapolis Colts Stage with live entertainment. All activities are on the Indiana War Memorial Grounds.

Emmis stations WIBC 93.1 FM, Country 97.1 Hank-FM, and B105.7 will be airing music choreographed to the fireworks display.

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Emmis Communications Corporation is a diversified media company, principally focused on radio broadcasting. Emmis operates the 8th largest publicly traded radio portfolio in the United States based on total listeners. In Indianapolis, Emmis owns and operates WIBC 93.1FM, B105.7, 1070 AM and 107.5 FM The Fan and Hank 97.1FM, as well as Indianapolis Monthly

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