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Horse racing adds fun new dimension to Legacy Event PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt   

Horse racing tables added an appropriate fun activity for this year’s Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation Legacy Event with a Run for the Roses theme and a Kentucky Derby feel.

This fourth annual Legacy Event, held Saturday, April 5 at Phillips County Event Center, found attendees dressed for a Kentucky Derby theme. That included lots of wide-brimmed hats on the women, fedoras and suspenders on the men, as well as both pastel and bright-colored dresses, shirts and ties.

There was one jockey in the crowd when Isaac Kreider donned his racing gear. And members of the Holyoke Marketplace table dressed as trumpeteers with red vests, and black hats and shirts. Each carried a bugling trumpet to herald the race-start.

Roughly 160 people enjoyed the MMH Foundation fundraiser. Initial indication is that the total amount raised surpassed last year’s total of $55,000. Figures haven’t been finalized but will be announced soon.

Excitement mounted near the end of this horse race at the Run for the Roses Legacy Event Saturday, April 5. Joining the fun, pictured from left, are Doug Kamery, Kendon Olofson, Dan Meyer, Rick Unrein, Harvey Colglazier, Penny Dockins and Dolly Smith. The race was held at one of four racing tables set up in the nicely decorated Event Center. This race reached a crescendo when the steady throw of the die moved four horses into one spot from the finish and the other two were only two blocks out from winning before Unrein’s No. 3 took the win. See more photos inside this edition of the Enterprise.  

—Enterprise photo

Organizers Steve and Kim Young noted appreciation to the Partners in Education group, who agreed last fall to move their original PIE carnival date to Friday, April 11, in order that the Legacy Event could have the April 5 date at the Event Center.

Horse racing tables were available for attendees’ fun during the social hour Saturday, when servers mingled with the crowd with hors d’oeuvres.

A bourbon-glazed pork loin was the entree for a delicious dinner prepared by R&B Catering/Allyn Robinson and Kristie’s Katering/Bill and Kristie Pelle.

A live auction followed the dinner, with Lloyd Michael Jr. handling auctioneer duties for the night. Additionally, a silent auction featured a wide array of options.

Six stick horses were the last items auctioned, and the six winners designated jockeys to enter the race on the stage.

Alex Beard, on Horse No. 6, won the race for Regent Park.

Excitement grew for the raffle drawing in which the winner would get a trip for two, with three destination choices. Those included a trip to Churchill Downs for a Kentucky Derby experience, a long weekend in Las Vegas or a long weekend in New York City.

What a surprise it was when Allen Einspahr’s name was drawn, as his wife Amy won the trip raffle last year. The Einspahrs graciously donated the trip back to be auctioned off.

Following the dinner, auctions and horse race on stage, Howard Culver from Colby, Kan., served as DJ for a dance featuring a huge array of music types.

Organizers credited success of the event to community members for their donations for auction items, purchase of tables and tickets, support of the raffle and participation in the fun evening.

“We were very pleased with the way the event went,” said organizer Steve Young. “People had lots of fun and supported the foundation very well.”

Holyoke Enterprise April 10, 2014