Pine Castle raises $60,000 on Derby Day

Pine Castle raises $60,000 on Derby Day
Lori and Paul Whitman, Jason and Melissa Hyrne with Karen and Dave Matthews
Pine Castle Executive Director John May with Mary Bland Love

Pine Castle Executive Director John May with Mary Bland Love

The racehorse American Pharaoh may have won the Kentucky Derby, but Pine Castle’s programs for the disabled were the real winners during its annual “Run for the Roses” Derby Day fundraiser May 2. Kelly and Erik Smith served as honorary co-chairmen for the event.

Over $60,000 was raised during the benefit at Timuquana Country Club where more than 200 guests dined on traditional Derby fare – bourbon flank steak, shrimp and grits, Derby pie and mint juleps. The event included a live telecast of the race from Churchill Downs, which allowed guests to choose a horse and enter drawings to win prizes. The evening also included live music, silent and live auctions, a photo booth and bonnets and bow ties contests.

“Run for the Roses is a festive, fun way to support Pine Castle,” said Mary Jarret of Riverside, past president and current board chair. “It’s a party with a purpose that you don’t want to miss. Mark your calendars for next year!”

The next Pine Castle “Run for the Roses” event will be held Saturday, May 7, 2016, as the Kentucky Derby is annually held on the first Saturday of May.

Terrance and Catherine Kelly

Terrance and Catherine Kelly

Co-Cairs Kelly and Erik Smith

Co-Cairs Kelly and Erik Smith

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