THURSDAY, join us as we do our weekly BarCast from Coaches Tavern (28 S. Penn near the Fieldhouse) at 9PM. Our special guest will be former ‘Survivor’ star and current Indiana Libertarian Candidate for Governor Rupert Boneham and his running mate (and friend of the show) Indiana Libertarian Candidate for Lt. Governor Brad Klopfenstein.
-$3 Drafts of ANY KIND all night!
-Indy MoJo Poker Tournaments in the back
-MLB & NBA ON THE SCREENS
Rupert is mostly known for his time on the show Survivor. He was a contestant on the show three times, each resulting in a loss. On his second appearance… the producers did something they had never done before. They asked the viewers to vote for their favorite participant. Of the 38 million votes cast, Rupert received 34 million. Why? The viewers saw in Rupert the qualities of a real winner. Compassion, Honesty and Integrity. As Rupert says to the kids he meets across the country, “…It matters how you play the game.”
When he was voted the Fan Favorite, he was awarded a one million dollar prize. What would you do with a million dollars? What do you think our leaders would do with an extra million dollars? Rupert paid the taxes on the winnings ($480,000), took care of his family’s bills and education ($250,000) and split the rest ($270,000) between three local charities. “We paid our taxes, took care of our family and then helped to take care of our community.” He didn’t have to do this. He CHOSE to.
Before Rupert was on Survivor, he was a respected community leader in Indianapolis. For over 20 years he has worked with young offenders in the court system. He takes these young men and women and gets them back on the right path. He does this through his mentoring program, Rupert’s Kids, that emphasizes personal responsibility, work ethic, education and respect. “We teach these kids how to make a legal living, how to have pride in yourself and how to provide for yourself…Don’t just have your hand out.” Rupert has sustained this program through private donations and NOT through taxpayer funding.
Rupert, in partnership with the City of Indianapolis, created The Park Adoption Program. The program has saved taxpayers $150,000.00 in the past years and continues to provide a safe, enjoyable work environment for young men and women in the mentoring program. The program does not receive federal or state funds. Rupert continues to raise funds and awareness for his mentoring program through a campaign of nationwide appearances and speaking engagements and through private contributions.
Rupert has proven himself as an entrepreneur and small business owner. His production company, Tournament Towers, has 10 crews on the road during football season that transports and sets up support gear for high-profile clients. Rupert’s company has a long and continued relationship with some of the biggest names in sports entertainment (ABC, ESPN, NFL, IndyCar & many others).
Rupert was born on January 27, 1964 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in Kokomo, Indiana which considers Rupert their most famous native son. Rupert has resided in Indianapolis, Indiana for the past 21 years. He has been married to his wife Laura for 14 years. They have one daughter, Raya.
Brad Klopfenstein has been an influential leader in Indiana’s public policy and political community for the past 13 years. His areas of expertise include the alcohol industry, gambling, election law, energy, health care, immigration, media relations and crisis management.
Mr. Klopfenstein is also a media figure in Indiana having been the spokesperson for numerous organizations. For over 6 years, he was the radio guest-host for the Abdul in the Morning Show on Fox Newstalk 1430 WXNT in Indianapolis, and has twice been a featured panelist on the television show Indiana Lawmakers. He has conducted media training for the US Women’s Olympic Synchronized Swimming team and IndyCar racing drivers Justin Wilson and Mike Conway.
As owner of Magna Carta Public Affairs, and more recently the head of the Tavern League of Indiana, Klopfenstein has conducted grassroots & grass top campaigns on a number of issues, and has a proven ability to work with elected officials from all political parties. This is shown in his ability to tackle both controversial and mundane issues and deliver legislative success to his clients. Some of those successes include:
- Advocated for and passed expanded Sunday & Election Day alcohol sales for bars in Indiana
- Successfully defeated smoking bans locally in Indianapolis and statewide throughout Indiana
- Organized coalition that legalized pull tab gambling in Indiana
- Built coalition of veterans who support the Keystone XL Pipeline project
- Defeated proposed increases in alcohol and food & beverage taxes
Klopfenstein took a somewhat serpentine route into the world of politics and public affairs. A life-long resident of Indiana, his degree is in finance from Purdue University. His early work included being a restaurant manager, beer salesman, and radio ad salesman for Q95/X103/WNDE. An interest in politics led him to apply for, and be hired as Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Indiana in 2000. Success in that position allowed him to become Executive Director of the Indiana Licensed Beverage Association in 2005 where he stayed until 2009 to go off on his own to create Magna Carta Public Affairs.
In addition to his public affairs work, he is a past-president of the Indianapolis Press Club, has served as campaign chair for a victorious Republican Indianapolis City-County Council member, served 2 years on the Indianapolis Metropolitan Board of Zoning Appeals, is vice-president of the Community Heights Neighborhood Organization, and sits on the Crooked Creek Community Development Corporation board of directors.
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