Forrest Lucas throws open estate for Super Bowl party

FootballBusinessSuper BowlJobs and WorkplaceConseco IncorporatedMcAfee, Inc.Indianapolis Colts

Forrest and Charlotte Lucas watched at least part of Super Bowl XLVI from the suite inside the stadium that bears their company name. Back home in Carmel, though, they gave up to 500 friends and employees the run of the Barn on their 116th Street estate.

The couple bought the property from Conseco which seized it from its former leader Stephen Hilbert. Several times this past week Lucas and his wife, founders of Lucas Oil Company in Corydon, Ind., opened up their home to Super Bowl-related parties.

Sunday afternoon, guests dined on shrimp, tacos, roast beef, cheesecake and salads while listening to a band and participating in a raffle, all hosted by Colts punter Pat McAfee.

"This is a friends and family event," said McAfee. "Regular down-to-earth people who want to just watch the game and get an opportunity to see this amazing place."

Todd McNew said if not for his boss' invitation, he'd be home watching the game in his garage.

"It makes you proud to work for him. He's worked for this. Nothing was given to him. He's a working man. It's nice to work for somebody like that who worked himself up. It makes me proud to wear anything that has Lucas Oil on it."

The buffet was created by Lucas' corporate chef, Anthony Puma, who also feeds the company's racing teams. He said despite all the gourmet meals he creates, Forrest Lucas still loves biscuits and gravy and bacon for breakfast.

"Its just the kind of people Forrest and Charlotte are," said employee Brian Nichols. "They're native Hoosiers and they've always wanted to give back to the community in everyway they can."

After halftime at Lucas Oil Stadium, the couple returned to their estate to watch the rest of the game with their friends and employees.

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times