Derby Day fundraiser takes aim at tetanus

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The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos is hosting a Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 4 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Dixie Girl Restaurant on Central Avenue. 

The event, which is co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Medical Center, is a benefit for “Project Eliminate,” a Kiwanis International-UNICEF effort to wipe out maternal and neonatal tetanus worldwide. 

Kentucky Derby Party Chair Linda Daly says, “Put on your best Derby attire, grab a Daily Racing Form and join us for an afternoon at Churchill Downs for the 139th Run for the Roses!” 

Tickets are $50 per person and include a mint julep and abundant hors d’oeuvres. Daly encourages ladies to wear a hat for the “Derby Hat” contest. Also included: music, big screens TVs for optimum live viewing of the Derby, and a raffle drawing for a framed and signed print by Kimber Wallwork-Heineman. 

There also will be 50/50 betting on the big race. Party-goers can purchase tickets to put on their favorite horse. If your horse wins, the pot is split among ticket holders, while 50 percent is donated to Project Eliminate. 

Daly said that each $50 ticket equates to saving 15 lives. “We Kiwanians raise money year-round to support local high school scholarships as well as several youth-serving programs and projects. We thought we’d celebrate one of our country’s oldest sporting events while raising money for a great cause, one that our club has embraced.”

Tickets can be purchased by contacting Karen Kendall or Linda Daly: kbkendall@yahoo.com  casadaly@aol.com or at the Dixie Girl Restaurant by May 3.