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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 14:24

WOW Kentucky Derby fundraiser

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Women of Waynesville, a nonprofit organization that supports the needs of women and children in Haywood County, will present its inaugural “Kentucky Derby Gala Fundraiser” from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at The Waynesville Inn.

The event will be held out on the terrace of Waynesville Inn overlooking the golf course and gorgeous mountain views. Guests can help themselves to an array of heavy southern hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar with everything you’ll need to make a mint julep. 

Attendees can watch the races throughout the afternoon on big screen TVs and will have an opportunity to place bets on four different Kentucky Derby races with a chance to win amazing prizes. The event will also feature a Derby Hat and Derby Bowtie contest judged by local stylish celebrities. 

“WOW is excited to offer yet another unique fundraiser idea to the community this year,” said WOW President Jessi Stone. “What better way to spend Kentucky Derby Day than outside the country club on a beautiful spring afternoon?”

Proceeds from the event will benefit Girls on the Run, a program that trains young girls to run a 5K race and also builds self-confidence. Several Haywood County elementary schools have utilized this national curriculum locally to inspire girls to be physically and mentally prepared for life’s challenges. 

“I’ve spoken to several teachers in Haywood County who have praised this program, but they need help. Many of the girls who could benefit most from Girls on the Run may not be able to afford it,” Stone said. “WOW wants to help more young girls grow into strong women and this is a powerful way to do that.”

Tickets for the Kentucky Derby fundraiser are $35 each and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com/e/kentucky-derby-gala-fundraiser-tickets-33061166840.

For more information or to become a sponsor for the event, call 828.550.9978. 

Since forming in 2012, WOW has raised more than $150,000 for local charities in Haywood County. 

To find out more about WOW, visit www.womenofwaynesville.org or follow them on Facebook.

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