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March News Release - Here Comes 'Derby Day On Main'

NEWS RELEASE   March 18, 2016   Contact:  Betty S. Weemes, 787-5117

The Derby Day on Main Committee met on Friday, March 4, at Laughlin Memorial Hospital to plan for the second annual event to celebrate the Kentucky Derby and to raise funds for “Feed the Children of Greeneville and Greene County.”  Surrounded by red roses and hats, the committee reviewed and evaluated last year’s event and designed this year’s event to reach even higher than the fully subscribed inaugural event last year.

Photo:  Members of the committee:  Seated left to right:  Rhonda Shanks, Wendy Warner, and Drucilla Miller. Standing left to right: Betty Weemes, director of Laughlin Health Care Foundation; Mary Ruth Edds, Cecil Easterly, Imy Dobson, Rebecca Muncy, Foundation office; Alyson Cutshall, and Wilhelmina Williams.  Also serving on the committee, but not available for the photo are: Holly Hope, Jonna Rhea, Carol Brown, Hilary Porta, Dot Alexander, and Rita Carter.

Hats, hats, hats…..Derby hats and more hats.  Seersucker suits and bow ties.  Bring on the Kentucky Derby.  Laughlin Health Care Foundation is presenting the second “Derby Day on Main,” Saturday, May 7 at the General Morgan Inn, on the beautiful and inviting roof- top terrace.  Women are preparing to enjoy the traditional, overstated, elaborate hats for the event and men are swinging into the derby mood, as well.

The local race celebration on May 7 includes a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby, viewed on a big 10 foot screen with several monitors throughout the terrace area, heavy hors d’oeuvre, the best overall hat contest, best dressed contest for men and women, best dressed couple, signature guest photos, picturesque venue, and satisfying sounds of the Tusculum College Jazz Band for listening and dancing.  Greeneville’s own Bill Brown, along with his son, Patrick, will be the event’s Masters of Ceremony.  

The mission of Derby Day on Main is to raise funds to benefit “Feed the Children of Greeneville and Greene County,” a program of Laughlin Health Care Foundation that provides meals for “at-risk” children during the summer and Christmas school breaks. Two-thirds of our community’s children qualify for free meals:  breakfast, lunch, and snacks.  Summer and Christmas recess could mean little or no food will be available to them. Participants in Derby Day activities will help underwrite the cost of food for these “at-risk” children during school recess times.  The Foundation works with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee to maximize the dollars raised for food.

2015 Derby Day funds fed 614 children during the summer recess program. Remaining funds from the summer provided 144 boxes and bags of food, which included produce, protein, and bread for 140 families, totaling approximately 700 people during the Christmas recess.

A spokesperson for the event said that the inaugural event last year sold-out within weeks of tickets going “on the street.” There is limited seating for this event and those wishing to attend are encouraged to purchase their tickets early.

There are several opportunities to donate and show support for this important program and contribute to the overall mission: Feeding the Children of Greeneville and Greene County, TN:  Purchase a ticket(s) from one of the committee members and attend the event or call Laughlin Health Care Foundation.  Program sponsorships are also available:
    • “Churchill Downs”- Event Host
    • “Derby Day Fare” – Food Sponsor
    • Contact the Foundation office for other sponsorships

An individual ticket to the event is a donation of $75 or gather your friends for a table of ten for $750.  This event will be the next best thing to actually being at the Kentucky Derby; come for an afternoon of racing and fun; a good time, for a good cause.

For additional information, contact Laughlin Health Care Foundation at Laughlin Memorial Hospital, Greeneville, TN, 787-5117.