Colts hookers can help domestic violence support group on Sunday

On Sunday, domestic violence support group More Than a Phone is hosting its fifth “More Than a Tailgate” event – their only fundraising event of the year.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts will face the Tennessee Titans early Sunday afternoon. Fans can hook up before the game near Lucas Oil Stadium while supporting a local nonprofit.

More Than a Phone is a central Indiana organization that provides phones and data services to victims of domestic violence.

Julie Moorehead, the nonprofit’s executive director, said the organization started with a few local shelters in 2017 and has since expanded to more than 73 communities nationwide.

“They are able to activate the phones for four months of data service,” Moorehead said. “The phones belong to them, so they will always continue to work on Wi-Fi. It’s a very great need and a very good opportunity for us to give back.”

Moorehead explained that survivors are often forced to flee domestic violence quickly and often don’t have a phone. Even if they do, the phone may be in the attacker’s name, “which can be dangerous,” according to Moorehead.

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On Sunday, the Indiana Central Organization will host its fifth “More Than a Tailgate” event, which is the only More Than a Phone fundraising event of the year.

“What we need is just support,” Moorehead said. “This event, our more than a tailgate, will help at least 1,000 survivors.”

Sunday’s tailgate will begin at 10 a.m. at the Crane Bay Event Center, just west of Lucas Oil Stadium. Moorehead said there will be tailgate and breakfast food, drinks, live music, kid-friendly activities and a live silent auction.

Tickets for More Than a Tailgate are available online.

Proceeds from Sunday’s event will be used to help more survivors of domestic violence, according to Moorehead.

Since its inception in 2017, More Than a Phone has provided over 5,800 smartphones and 23,000 months of service to survivors.

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