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Kentucky Derby Day Event Benefits Children's Hospital


While the horses are running the Kentucky Derby, University of North Carolina football coach Butch Davis and his wife, Tammy, will be hosting the Run for the Promise Gala, a Kentucky Derby event that benefits NC Children’s Hospital. Attendees at the Gala, which begins Saturday, May 1, at 4 PM, can watch the annual “Run for the Roses” live on plasma screens at 6 PM.

The fourth annual NC Children’s Hospital Gala, Run for the Promise, combines live musical entertainment with delicious food and libations centered around the Derby Day theme. Guests will have an opportunity to watch the three-year-old fillies run while they help support the Children’s Hospital from the historic Homeplace at The Hamptons in Chatham County, Pittsboro.

Every year, the Kentucky Derby triggers hundreds of charity events across the country to raise money and benefit causes ranging from life-threatening diseases to homeless shelters, arts projects, hospitals and clinics, and inner city youth. Kentucky Oats 136, the Kentucky Derby’s companion event, for example, will once again feature a day of events to raise awareness and money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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The mission of the recipient of the Run for the Promise Gala, North Carolina Children’s Hospital, is to protect the health and welfare of the 2.1 million children in the state by offering “premier healthcare practitioners, world-class medical education, and innovative, interdisciplinary research to provide the highest-quality, family-centered care, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.”

The 140-bed, state-of-the-art facility at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and the more than 25 satellite outpatient clinics throughout North Carolina provide comprehensive pediatric inpatient and outpatient care. The hospital is a major referral center for children who suffer with complex, chronic conditions and provides specialty care to more than 70,000 children from across the state each year.

Every year, the Kentucky Derby brings out horse and horserace lovers and thoughts of fun and festivity. It also triggers thoughts of charity, and the Run for the Promise Gala to benefit North Carolina Children’s Hospital is one of many charitable events taking place on May 1, the day the three-year-old fillies run. For more information about the Gala, visit the Run For the Promise website.

Kentucky Derby website
North Carolina Children’s Hospital press release, April 28, 2010