Derby bash raises funds for Make-A-Wish


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LOUISVILLE — At least three Kentucky kids battling life threatening medical conditions will have their one true wish granted with the funds raised by The Hillbilly Coalition as part of the 2015 Hillbilly Outfield Derby Bash. Now in its 15th year, the weekend-long race party, held May 1-2, generated $29,650 in donations for Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, its longtime beneficiary organization. The Hillbilly Coalition presented the funds to local families during a Make-A-Wish celebration at Camp Hi-Ho on Sept. 13.

Rivaling the renowned infield race parties, the family-friendly Hillbilly Outfield Derby Bash is an annual backyard party held in Middletown. Contributions for Make-A-Wish in Kentucky are raised through the sale of event tickets, as well as a silent auction and general donations. For $50 admission, partygoers can expect to enjoy food, beverages, live music, full race coverage, games and even a camp out.

“This year’s donation from The Hillbilly Coalition is the highest amount raised through their annual party to-date, demonstrating how much the event has grown and their commitment to helping Make-A-Wish

grant more wishes for local kids,” said Doug Kelly, CEO of Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. “We appreciate the generosity of The Hillbilly Coalition, which has allowed us to grant nearly 30 wishes for Kentucky kids over the years.”

“Every year, our volunteers, committee members and guests keep coming back because they know the party is about a bigger and better cause than ourselves,” said Beau Schuster, President of the Hillbilly

Coalition, the 501c3 who runs and manages the annual event. “The impact we make to local children through Make-A-Wish makes our celebration even more meaningful.”

To learn more or participate in the 2016 Hillbilly Outfield Derby Bash, visit www.hillbillyoutfield.org to purchase tickets, become a volunteer or sponsor the event. Make-A-Wish relies on the financial support of the local community to grant wishes.

For more information on ways to help, visit kentucky.wish.org, call 877-206-9474, or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @makeawishohkyin.

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