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May News - "Derby Day on Main" Is This Week

NEWS RELEASE  -  April 30, 2017  -  Contact:  Betty S. Weemes ... 787-5117

Derby Day on Main

“Derby Day on Main” will be held on the picturesque, rooftop-terrace of General Morgan Inn in downtown Greeneville on Saturday, May 6, 4 to 8, sponsored by Laughlin Health Care Foundation.

It will be a great event with Kentucky food-fare and drink, “dressing-up,” big hats, excitement of the vintage footage of Kentucky Derbies that were run over the 143 historical years of derby racing, satisfying sounds of the Tusculum Jazz Band and dancing, signature guest photos, watching the Kentucky Derby live, bidding on select items, including two, four-day passes to the 2017 CMA Country Music Festival in Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN.  See the biggest country music stars in the business at one location over four nights.  Tickets include VIP access to Fan Fair X, plus, more exciting bidding opportunities.

Only a few seats remain to be fulfilled, which speaks volumes for the mission of the event, “Feeding the Children of Greeneville and Greene County” and for the community’s enthusiasm to participate in an event that is ”a Good time for a Good cause.  And, it is not necessary to purchase an entire table; tickets are also available for individuals.

The mission of the Derby Day, being sponsored by Laughlin Health Care Foundation, is to raise funds to benefit “Feeding the Children of Greeneville and Greene County,” providing meals for “at-risk” children during the months, when schools are not in session:  summer, Thanksgiving, and Christmas recesses.  Two-thirds of our community’s children qualify for free meals:  breakfast, lunch, and snacks.  School recesses could mean little or no food will be available to them.  This fund-development effort will help underwrite the cost of food for these “at-risk” children through Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee. 

Derby Day funds provided 19,500 meals in the summer food program, 280 boxed meals at Thanksgiving and food for 180 families during the Christmas and New Year holidays.  According to figures from Second Harvest Food Bank, one in four children in Greene County are considered food insecure, meaning it is unknown when they’ll have their next meal.

Those not attending Derby Day on Main, but wish to support the mission can text the word FEED to 243-725 to donate to Feeding the Children of Greeneville and Greene County today.  Or, visit to donate, or call Laughlin Health Care Foundation, 787-5117.  If you’re not attending Derby Day on Main, please consider one of these methods of donation to support this critical need in our community or call Laughlin Health Care Foundation.

Betty Weemes, director of Laughlin Health Care Foundation, said, “We became aware of the summer program to support Greene County children who were receiving breakfast, lunch, and snacks at school following our involvement with volunteers in the western part of Greene County to identify “at risk” children during the Christmas and New Year’s school recess.  For the first two years, Laughlin Health Care Foundation has provided for children, who were identified as needing “food support.”  Funding for these two years was made possible through the Blanche W. Grady Community Service Award, a fund of Laughlin Health Care Foundation through the Scott Niswonger Family.  This funding support of food for the holiday recess programs was distributed at the behest of the late Jerlee Ottinger, 2012 recipient of the Grady Award, and with support from educators, other interested donors, and churches in that area.  However, funding for the school recess program is the direct mission of Derby Day on Main for Greeneville and Greene County.

“A Good time, for a Good cause” has been the theme of Derby Day on Main.  Social media is now joyfully filled with photos of big hats, colorful frocks for the ladies, and dapper derby dress for the gentlemen.  Bill Brown and son, Patrick, as MCs for the festivities will keep late afternoon and early evening moving ever so gracefully as they announce the best hat, best dressed lady, and best dressed gentleman. 

Photo:  Bill Brown(left), Greeneville Real Estate and Auction Team and his son, Patrick. They will serve as co-masters of ceremony at Derby Day on Main.

The sky around General Morgan Inn will be filled with the sounds of music from the Tusculum College Jazz Band, under the direction of maestro, David Price.  Vintage footage of past Kentucky Derbies will be projected on the 10 by 10 foot screen in celebration of the day.  These classic “Run for the Roses” film clips will be shown during the event.  Post-time for the race is 6:34.

During the event, Bill and Patrick Brown will provide fun facts about the race.  For example, only 12 horses have won the Triple Crown:  First ever, Sir Barton in 1919.  In 2015, American Pharoah sealed the Triple Crown.  The Browns, as MCs, will encourage the guests to participate in “fun” opportunities to provide additional funding for “Feeding the Children of Greeneville and Greene County.”

The beautiful, sunshine will be the catalyst for the enjoyable day; blue skies and great views of downtown Greeneville will bring broad smiles to the face of guests from afternoon and early evening. is the official Website for the event.  Eastman Credit Union is the event sponsor.  Eastman Credit Unions offers 25 branch locations to serve their customers, with local branches in Greeneville, Jonesborough, Rogersville, and Johnson City.

For additional information about Derby Day, contact Laughlin Health Care Foundation, 787-5117.