Poor Man’s Derby Party Helps Charity

It wasn’t that long ago the rich and famous came to Lexington on Derby Eve for lavish parties thrown by socialite Marylou Whitney and Anita Madden.

 So, tire store owner Bill Morgan came up with an alternative for those who perhaps weren’t rich or famous. 

He called it the Poor Man’s Harlan County Derby Party and every year it benefits a special cause.

Morgan said he puts on the party every year because he loves Kentucky, the Derby and helping out.

Every year there’s an auction.  This year proceeds will support the Makenna Foundation. 

"It was founded for our daughter Makenna who died at 20 months of a rare lung disease," said Sheila David, Makenna’s mother.

That money will go to Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington.  Right now they’re raising money for a new waiting room. 

So far the Makenna Foundation has raised enough funding to pay for the Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center, the only 24-hour pediatric emergency and trauma care center in central and eastern Kentucky.

David said it’s fitting this benefit is tied to horse racing.  “Makenna at two years old was having blood testing done at the hospital in Texas,” said David.  “They had a wall with a horse you could pet and touch it.  It took her mind off of what she’s going through."

That’s something Morgan can now relate to.

"This year I’ve been battling cancer,” said Morgan.  “I’m glad god gave me a chance to do it one more time."

He hopes to have many more Poor Man Derby’s in his future, a chance to help out more people, just like Makenna.


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