By Shelby Mullis
INDIANAPOLIS — Vice President Mike Pence will head home to the Hoosier state next month as a guest at the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition’s annual luncheon and reception.
The faith-based coalition, known for its work in combatting gun violence in Indianapolis, announced Pence’s appearance Monday on its website. The luncheon is scheduled for Aug. 11 at the Indianapolis Marriott, located at 350 W. Maryland St. More details, including timing, will be announced later.
Rev. Charles Harrison and his family takes a group picture with Gov. Mike Pence and First Lady Karen Pence at the 2016 State of the State address. Photo by Kayla Walker, TheStatehouseFile.com
Luncheon chairman Aaron Williams said he personally invited Pence, a long-time friend, to this year’s event.
“The most important piece is he gets it. He understands the work Ten Point is doing is a national issue,” Williams said.
During his term as Indiana governor, Pence participated in several Ten Point Coalition events, even walking in a number of peace walks through the streets of downtown. He also honored Ten Point Coalition leader Rev. Charles Harrison in his final State of the State address last year.
“It’s not just relegated here to Indianapolis, but it’s a national issue of reducing youth violence and gun violence throughout the county,” Williams said. “It’s something that has to be talked about on a consistent basis and requires cooperation and collaboration from all stakeholders involved.”
Pence will speak at the event, but no details have been confirmed regarding his agenda.
The event is open to the public. Individual tickets, which include one seat at the luncheon, start at $250. Luncheon packages that include a private meet and greet start at $10,000. Additional VIP ticket packages are available online and cost up to $25,000.
Williams said the funds raised will support the community through the coalition’s initiatives.
To RSVP, email Tanya Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit indytenpoint.org.
Shelby Mullis is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.