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    IPL Coloring Contest to determine who will “flip the switch” for Circle of Lights

    IPL Coloring Contest to determine who will “flip the switch” for Circle of Lights

    That magical moment is quickly approaching where one lucky child will have the opportunity to “flip the switch” for the Downtown Indy, Inc. Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW 481 on Friday, Nov. 27. Children ages 3-12 can enter the IPL Coloring Contest, which runs now through Nov. 16, by decorating the official coloring sheet of a large holiday light bulb. 

    Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) and Downtown Indy, Inc. invite children from all over Indiana to participate. Once again, five $529 CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plans will be awarded to five finalists, based on creativity. The one entry that receives the most votes from our panel will be selected to “flip the switch” for the Circle of Lights. This year the Nov. 27 celebration will be a made-for-TV event broadcast exclusively on WTHR Channel 13 at 7 p.m. (There is NOT a live event on Monument Circle.)

    "IPL is thrilled to sponsor the Coloring Contest again, giving children all across the state of Indiana an opportunity to take part in the Circle of Lights TV show,” said IPL President Kristina Lund. “We are committed to partnerships that are welcoming to all and dedicated to making a difference where we live, work and serve.”

    Print coloring sheets at or The sheet will also be available in the IndyStar Nov 1, 5, 6, 8, 12 & 14. 

    Return IPL Coloring Contest entries by noon Nov. 16. Mail or drop off to: IBEW 481, 1828 N. Meridian St., Ste. 205, Indianapolis, IN 46202. 

    The Coloring Contest is presented by Indianapolis Power & Light Company in partnership with IBEW 481, CollegeChoice 529, WTHR and IndyStar

    About Indianapolis Power & Light Company and AES

    Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL), an AES Company, provides retail electric service to more than 490,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Indianapolis, as well as portions of other Central Indiana communities surrounding Marion County. During its long history, IPL has supplied its customers with some of the lowest-cost, most reliable power in the country. For more information about the company, please visit or connect at or

    The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is a Fortune 500 global power company. We provide affordable, sustainable energy to 15 countries through our diverse portfolio of distribution businesses as well as thermal and renewable generation facilities. Our workforce is committed to operational excellence and meeting the world’s changing power needs. Our 2017 revenues were $11 billion and we own and manage $33 billion in total assets. To learn more, please visit Follow AES on Twitter @TheAESCorp

    About our partners: 

    As the presenting partner of Circle of Lights®, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 481 represents more than 3,000 electrical workers. IBEW 481 provides the needed expertise, highly trained workforce, safety and dedication to help build many of Central Indiana’s premiere education, health care, utility and logistics projects. Visit

    The CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan is a tax-advantaged education savings program that gives Hoosiers a wide variety of low-cost investment opportunities. Contributions to a CollegeChoice account grow tax-deferred and can be withdrawn tax-free when used for a qualified education expense. Additionally, Hoosiers are eligible for a 20 percent, up to a $1,000, state income tax credit each year on their contributions.

    Circle of Lights® is an official program of Downtown Indy, Inc. which focuses on development, management, activation and marketing to advance Downtown as a great place to live, learn, work and play. We’re the People Behind the Place.

    This year, the Downtown Indy, Inc. Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW 481 event will be a special made-for-TV-only event. Instead of congregating Downtown, the show will be seen exclusively on WTHR Channel 13 on Friday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. Musical acts chosen from the Tom Wood Talent Search for the television event will still create a festive holiday spirit and Santa will help flip the switch to illuminate Monument Circle, marking the kick-off to the holiday season. All spectators will enjoy the show from the comfort of their homes.

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