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March 30, 2012

Hospice and horses

Celebrate Derby for a good cause

RICHMOND — Spring brings with it bright days and signs of hope for summer, which are similar to what Hospice Care Plus employees wants to bring to their patients. It also is the time of the year for the organization’s biggest annual fundraisers — the Wine & Roses Brunch Pre-Derby Fashion Show and the Run for the Roses Derby Eve benefit.

The fashion show is slated for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14 at Acres of Land Winery.

Among the models are Rep. Rita Smart, D-Richmond, Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes and his wife Jan, and Berea City Council member Diane Kerby.

Models will wear fashions from Maurices, Belk, Dress Barn, Jett & Hall, Kohl’s, JC Penney, Jack N’ Jill, The Children’s Place, Soft Shoe, CATO, Rue 21 and Formal Affair.

This year’s fashion show will have 50 models, which is more models than last year’s event, said Hospice spokesperson Brenna Wallhauser.

“We had a good response last year and the feeback we got was that it was enjoyable,” she said. “It was a good time, and it was a good fashion show for spring, not just the Derby.”

Although the fashion show is a preamble to the sixth-annual Run for the Roses Hospice Care Plus fundraiser, “We don’t look at it as a separate event,” Wallhauser said. “The Derby event is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and the fashion show is considered part of that.”

In past years, the Derby event has raised up to $30,000.

“All of (Hospice’s) programs depend on fundraising, and that includes our home-care program, the Compassionate Care Center and every kind of grief support outreach in the community for our Hospice families,” Wallhauser said.

Angela Bailey, Hospice Care Plus’s special events coordinator, said the event combines food and fashion for the perfect preview to the Derby season.

“Last year was our first fashion show, and it was elegant and fun,” Bailey said. “A lot of our guests left with great inspiration for their Derby outfits.”

The Run for the Roses Derby Eve Benefit will be May 4 from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Acres of Land. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served beginning at 7 p.m. and a buffet will begin at 7:30 p.m. The live and silent auctions is sponsored by the Younger Woman’s Club of Berea. Live music will be provided Klassyc Tymes.

Tickets for The Wine and Roses Brunch and Pre-Derby Fashion Show are $25 and reservations are required. Reservations must be made by April 6.

Reservations also are being taken for the Run for the Roses Derby Eve Benefit through April 29. Tickets are $100, and all proceeds go to Hospice Care Plus. Call Bailey at Hospice Care Plus at 986-1500 or visit www.hospicecp.org.

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