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Derby Party: Good Fun for a Good Cause
The crowd watching the Kentucky Derby horse race in western Palm City knew the winners before the race even began. The winners were disadvantaged children helped by Caring Children Clothing Children and 60 horses rescued by the Equine Adoption and Rescue Foundation. The Kentucky Derby fund-raiser was the second year the two charities joined efforts. Each group raised about $3,500 for their programs.
“The fastest horse was later disqualified, but this party was an unqualified success,” said Gigi Suntum, executive director of Caring Children Clothing Children. “We raised money to help children and horses, which is always a winning bet. And everyone had a good time.”
The Kentucky Derby watch party was held on the grounds of the Equine Rescue center, where participants could admire the group’s rehabilitated thoroughbred horses. The rescue group has found new homes for hundreds of abandoned and abused horses, after nursing them to health. Caring Children Clothing Children helps some 3,500 needy children yearly with free clothes and free tutoring in reading and math.
In addition to watching the race on a big-screen TV, participants enjoyed hors d’oeuvers compliments of Carrabbas’s Italian Grill; Mint Juleps, the Derby’s signature drink; a hat contest; and a silent auction.