Signarama Carmel Partners with Special Olympics to Pull Plane, Raise Money

by Joel Hall on September 26, 2012

(CARMEL, IN)—Recently, SIGNARAMA Carmel teamed up with the Special Olympics of Indiana to help them facilitate one of their largest fundraisers of the year, the FedEx Plane Pull Challenge, which took place on Saturday, August 25, at the former Indianapolis International Airport Terminal. The event raises funds and awareness for more than 11,000 Special Olympics athletes in Indiana.

The FedEx Plane Pull Challenge pits teams of up to 20 members against each other in a race to pull a 164,000-pound FedEx Boeing 757 a distance of 12 feet. Teams must raise at least $1,200 in order to participate. This year, the Plane Pull generated more than $131,000 for the Special Olympics of Indiana.

SIGNARAMA Carmel Plane Pull Team

SIGNARAMA Carmel helps the Special Olympics of Indiana with pre-event advertising signage, directional signs for the day of the event, and sponsor recognition for those that donate their time and money. It was SIGNARAMA Carmel’s fourth year as a sponsor and participant.

SIGNARAMA Carmel Manager Travis Neal and Co-Owner Mary Hall led the rest of the staff and several friends in the Pull Challenge. They set a new record for the team – under ten seconds.

“Everyone comes away with a feeling that the impossible – pulling an enormous plane – is possible,” says Joel Hall, co-owner of SIGNARAMA Carmel and coordinator with the Special Olympics of Indiana.  “It’s just one of those crazy things that everyone should do. The environment of the event is like an outdoor party with music, emcees, food, themed teams with costumes, and, of course, the athletes. Add to that the opportunity to pull a very large plane and you can’t help but have a great time.”

SIGNARAMA Carmel is a full-service sign and graphics center, situated to meet communications needs. Specialties include banners, trade show displays, floor graphics, channel letter and cabinet signs, custom graphics and logos, real estate signs, event signs, building and directory signs and individual letters.

For more information on the Special Olympics of Indiana, visit For more information on SIGNARAMA Carmel, contact Joel Hall at 317-575-1805 or visit

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has owned the SIGNARAMA Carmel store since March 2000 with his wife Mary. Before that, Joel was an environmental engineer specializing in hazardous waste disposal. Joel and Mary do a lot of event-related signage, like runs and walks, conferences and trade shows, and they work frequently with nonprofits.

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