Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAY-JUN 2019

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The last time I saw Mari Hulman George was, fittingly, at the Indianapolis 500; my family had been invited to join her family's police escort, always an invigorating experience. When the motorcade entered the track, it parked inside turn two at a little house informally referred to as "e Mouse House," Mari's home away from home during the month of May. It's a tiny, unassuming building that easily gets lost in the immensity of the speedway. But for those in the know, including Mari's battalion of grandchildren, e Mouse House was the epicenter of race festivities. When we arrived, the place was a hive of activity. Even though Mari was getting her hair done in advance of the race, she still gave us a warm welcome, making extra time to greet our kids. If you speak to anyone who knew this inspiring and remarkable woman, with her keen understanding of business and an extraordinary dedication to philanthropy, all will agree that her overriding passion was for her children and grandchildren. "As one of many grandkids, I can confidently say that her grandchildren were the most important aspect of her life," recalled Jarrod Krisiloff, VP, Facilities and Events, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Mari's grandson. "As we grew up, she always had the capacity to get behind our passions and be our biggest supporters. She really never missed a big moment in all of our lives. e untold part of her legacy is her grandchildren and where we are today." Born on December 26, 1934 in Evansville, Mary "Mari" Antonia Hulman was the daughter of well known business mogul Anton "Tony" Hulman Jr. and Mary Fendrich Hulman. She attended primary and secondary school at St. Benedict in Terre Haute and Ladywood School in Indianapolis, before attending Purdue. Mari became captivated by the world of auto racing when her father bought the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in November 1945, saving it from almost certain demolition after the cash- Written by Jeffrey Cohen MARI HULMAN GEORGE'S LEGACY OF LOVE 104

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