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Saturday, January 13, 2018 1:00 am

Tickets fly fast for ex-first lady

The hottest ticket in Indiana this week? It's former first lady Michelle Obama.

Tickets for a Feb. 13 event hosted by the Women's Fund of Central Indiana – some costing as much as $500 – appeared to sell quickly on Friday. Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis seats 20,000 people. Tickets at $25 to $100 were sold out in minutes.

A representative of the Women's Fund initially said 6,000 tickets would be available in the lower level of the arena, with balcony seats available only after those sold out. A spokesman for Pacer Sports& Entertainment said a few of the higher-priced tickets were available, but the Ticketmaster website was overwhelmed with demand.

The event is billed as “A Moderated Conversation with Former First Lady Michelle Obama.” A similar format in Denver, Colorado, in July sold out as well.

“Michelle Obama and Women's Fund share common interests,” according to Jennifer Pope Baker, the organization's executive director. “We are both invested in improving the lives of women and girls.”

The Women's Fund was working to distribute 500 free tickets to women and girls who might not be able to afford the event. As a special interest fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, the organization supports multiple nonprofit groups serving women and girls in the Indianapolis area.