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April News Release - Carol Brown's Derby Hat Workshop / Derby Day on Main


NEWS RELEASE  -  April 13, 2016  -  Contact:  Betty S. Weemes, 787-5117

Hats, hats, hats…..Derby hats and more hats.  Laughlin Health Care Foundation presents the Second Annual  Derby Day on Main,  Saturday, May 7, 2016, 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, the guys are searching for seersucker suits, bow ties, and straw hats.

The talented and creative, Carol Brown, Town and Country Event Rentals and Venues, is supporting this “Feed the Children of Greene and Greene County” benefit by holding a free workshop, to “dress-up” hats for the Derby Day event.  The workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 5:00 to 6:30 at Town and Country Event Rentals and Venues, 431 East Bernard Avenue.  Carol will offer an array of items to adorn your “bonnet” that can be purchased or bring feathers, beads, ribbon, brooches, netting, silk flowers, tulle, or other materials to accent your Derby Day hat and she and the artistic, Rhonda Shanks, will be available to create a fun Derby Day hat.  If you have a hat (new or vintage) that needs to be “perked-up” for the Derby, this is a grand opportunity to “take-it-over-the-top” for the Derby Day on Main Street in Greeneville.  Phone 638-4268 to register for this workshop.

The event on May 7 includes a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby, heavy hors d’oeuvre, the best overall hat contest, best dressed contest for men, women and couples, and satisfying sounds of the Tusculum College Jazz Band.  Greeneville’s own Bill Brown, along with son, Patrick, will be the event’s Masters of Ceremony. 

The mission of the Derby Day, being sponsored by Laughlin Health Care Foundation, is to raise funds to benefit Feed the Children of Greeneville and Greene County, providing meals for “at-risk” children. Two-thirds of our community’s children qualify for free meals:  breakfast, lunch, and snacks.  Summer and Christmas recesses could mean little or no food will be available to them. This fund-development effort will help underwrite the cost of food for these “at-risk” children during the school recesses through Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.

There are several opportunities to donate and show support for this event and contribute to the overall mission:  Feeding the Children of Greeneville and Greene County, TN.
  • “Churchill Downs”- Event Host
  • “Derby Day Fare” – Food Sponsor
  • Other sponsorships have been fulfilled
  • 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.

Carol Brown, Town and Country Event Rentals and Venues, is supporting Derby Day on Main to benefit “Feed the Children of Greene and Greene County”  by holding a free workshop, to “dress-up” hats for the Derby Day event.  The workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 5:00 to 6:30 at Town and Country Event Rentals and Venues, 431 East Bernard Avenue.  Phone 638-4268 to register for this workshop. 

Photo:  Shown attending the workshop last year is, standing left to right:  Patricia Bohon, Sue Southerland, Mary Lee Sams, and Carol Brown.  Seated: Rhonda Shanks. 

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