The Kentucky Derby — the greatest two minutes in sports! What better way to enjoy the experience than with good friends and great food? Add in some raffles and a silent auction and you have all the ingredients for a fun evening.
Sebring Meals on Wheels held their fifth annual Kentucky Derby Party at the Sebring Hills Community Center. People gathered to watch the 144th “Run for the Roses.” Almost 158,000 race enthusiasts braved the rainy evening in Kentucky while 20 horses got ready to run the 1¼ miles around the track at Churchill Downs.
The party began with some Derby attire contests. Winners were LaWanna Howell (Best Ladies Derby Hat), Debbie Cwalinski (Prettiest Derby Hat), Debra Pipkin (Best Representation of Meals on Wheels), Tom Lucas (Best Men’s Derby Hat), Carlos Roman (Most Dapper Hat) and Rev. Scott Walker (Best Representation of Meals on Wheels).
Little Avery McCabe won for the “Best Silks.” Jockey silks are the attire worn by the jockey riders of the Derby horses.
“All proceeds for this event will help Sebring Meals on Wheels continue with their mission of delivering hot lunches to the homebound and elderly individuals in our community,” said Director and Coordinator Mary Margaret Staik.
At 6:34 pm the bugler sounded his horn and the horses began their post parade around the historic track. “The sun shines bright in my old Kentucky home” was heard as the horses were placed in the starting gates.
The room became quiet as everyone turned to the big screen TV. It was a rainy day at Churchill Downs and the track was so muddy you could see the deep hoof prints on the race track filled with water. Fortunately there were no mishaps and the race began at 6:46 pm.
There were shouts and screams as the No. 7 horse, Justify, flew across the finish line. Mike Smith was the jockey taking home his second Derby win. Winners lined up at the ‘Wagering Window ‘to collect their winnings. A $5 ticket earned the lucky winners $20.
Lawrence and Krista Factor were happy winners. “Seven is my lucky number and we loved the name, Justify.”
Christine Szarmach was another winner. “I picked No. 7 as my birthday is March 4th. 4 + 3 = lucky 7.”
“We deliver hot meals five days a week. Our volunteer drivers and clients get to know each other very well. We check up on our people as they become more like family,” said Dave Layne, president of Sebring Meals on Wheels.
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