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Message from the Chair

Ann Mudge

We can always hope that a transition won’t affect the bottom line; however, that is rarely the case. It is reflected in our 2016 event net proceeds of $42,749. While this is a nice amount, it is disappointing only because previous years were significantly more. We are confident that we will be successful in recruiting additional sponsors for 2017 who are willing to become more financially committed to our cause. We are so appreciative for those who will continue to support us financially year after year. Two of our 2016 sponsors, RJ Corman Railroad Group and Golden State Foods, qualified for Kosair Charities Corporate Kite Program Award which honors businesses who are dedicated to supporting and enhancing the health and well-being of children throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana.

Prior to the Ribbon Cutting by our Celebration of Hope Honorees to officially open our 2016 event, we provided a buffet, an hour of preview, and reserved seating to recognize our sponsors.

Our 2016 Hats for Hope Hero recipient and former Hats for Hope volunteer for many years, Whitney Johnston (see Special Tribute under Event), gave an emotional account of her journey with CML leukemia and her membership in what she refers to as “the C Club”.

Of course, there would not have been an event without the 150 volunteers participating the night of the event as well as those dedicated individuals who commit their time and expertise to being on our Planning Committee. Planning includes volunteer recruiting and organizing, marketing, operations, guest services, procurement, sponsorships, and Celebration of Hope. The only compensation that we have to offer our volunteers is that they can take personal pride that they are helping to make life better for children who are battling cancer.

Several of the 2016 KY Derby Princesses were present at our event modeling Talbot’s spring fashions appropriate for Derby. Ron and Mel kept the program moving for approximately 350 guests by featuring hats modeled by Faith Hatcher and Erika Clark. Angie Schultz, Attitudes by Angie, donated one of her beautiful one-of-a-kind hats to a lucky guest.

Additional volunteers staffed local hotels the day after Derby to accept hats from individuals who choose not to travel with their hat(s). These hats begin our hat inventory for our 2017 event which is April 20, 2017.

Our Planning Committee is putting plans in place for our 2017 event. Please contact me at 502-429-3592 or if you are interested in volunteering for this committee or for the event.