Fever, Pacers employees give back

By Sam Rogian

INDIANAPOLIS—Pacers Sports & Entertainment employees traded the comfortable confines of Conseco Fieldhouse for a hot construction site Thursday.

Several PS&E employees, including Indiana Fever players Shyra Ely and Jeanette Pohlen spent time laboring at a Habitat for Humanity site on Indianapolis’ near south side.

“This is a great opportunity for us to provide something and fill a need in the community-- get a lot of our employees involved, hopefully,” said Greg Schenkel, vice president of corporate communications for PS&E. “Our corporate purpose that’s stated many, many times is to win championships and serve the community.

“And so this is a part of that serving the community that we take so much pride in and we think we’ve done very well over the years. We’re able to help a very deserving family here and so we’re excited about it.”

Don Pedigo, Habitat for Humanity job superintendent, said the house is being built for Angie Schmidt.

“She was here earlier,” Pedigo said. “She’s here everyday and works hard. (She) works side by side with the volunteers.”

Ely, a Ben Davis High School graduate, was pleased to give back to her hometown.

“I’m very proud to be here as a Hoosier and as a member of the Fever organization,” Ely said. “I’ve volunteered with Habitat for Humanity before and I also have extended family who live in a Habitat home.

“So, it means a lot to me and I’m just happy to be here to help out.”