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March News Release - Third Annual 'Derby Day On Main'

NEWS RELEASE  -  March 21, 2017  -  Contact:  Betty S. Weemes – 787-5117

Photo:  Organizational meeting for Derby Day on Main. Front row, left to right: Holly Hope, Dot Alexander, Wilhelmina Williams, Cecil Easterly.  Back row, left to right: Sue Southerland, Linda Rodgers, Dru Miller, Betty Weemes.  Other members of the committee include: Carol Brown, Imy Dobson, Mary Ruth Edds, Sandy Moore, Hilary Porta, Jonna Rhea, Nancy Gaddy, Rhonda Shanks, and Wendy Warner.   

Hats, hats, hats…..Derby hats and more hats.  Laughlin Health Care Foundation presents the third Derby Day on Main, Saturday, May 6, 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 looking toward seersucker suits and bow ties to greet the day.
Red roses in elegant silver containers, white table cloths, Kentucky Derby food fare, and a free-feeling of being at the Derby;  It’s a good time, for a good cause, Feeding the Children of Greeneville and Greene County.

The event on May 6 includes a live broadcast of the famous Kentucky Derby on a full capacity, ten foot screen, the best overall hat contest, best dressed contest for men and women, best dressed couple, guest photos, and satisfying sounds of the Tusculum College Jazz Band.  His eminence, Bill Brown, along with son, Patrick, will be the event’s Masters of Ceremony. 

Derby Day on Main has been a “Sold-Out Event” for two years, so secure your tickets early.

One Derby supporter has noted that Derby Day on Main is the closest event in Greeneville to a black tie celebration without having to wear the black tie; elegant, but with a race flair for casual.

The mission of the Derby Day on Main, presented by Laughlin Health Care Foundation, is to raise funds to benefit “Feeding the Children of Greeneville and Greene County.”  This program provides meals for “at-risk” children. Two-thirds of our community’s children qualify for free meals:  breakfast, lunch, and snacks at school.  Summer recess, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years could mean little or no food will be available for them.  This fund-development effort will help underwrite the cost of food for these children through Derby Day support and a partnership of Laughlin Health Care Foundation with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.

Net revenue from Derby Day on Main in 2016 was $20,000.  These donated dollars provided 19,500 meals for children during the summer recesses, 280 boxed meals at Thanksgiving and fed 180 families during the Christmas break.

There are several opportunities to donate and show support for this exciting event and contribute to the overall mission: Feeding the Children of Greeneville and Greene County, TN.  Contact the Laughlin Health Care Foundation office at 787-5117.

An individual ticket to the event is a donation of $100 or gather your friends for a table of ten for $1000.  This event will be the next best thing to actually being at the Kentucky Derby; come for an afternoon of racing and fun.  Vintage footage of Derbys will be shown on the big ten foot until time for the 2017 race, with smaller monitors in strategic locations throughout the terrace.

For additional information, contact Laughlin Health Care Foundation at Laughlin Memorial Hospital, Greeneville, TN, 787-5117, or visit the Website:, or

Title sponsor: Eastman Credit Union with 25 branch locations.  Local branches in Greeneville, Jonesborough, Rogersville, and Johnson City.