Friday, April 30, 2010

Pink Out!

Today was Kentucky Oaks day at Churchill Downs. It is the big day before the Kentucky Derby, and it has become known as the race day for the locals. For the past couple of years, the Kentucky Oaks has been promoted as a Pink Out - to promote breast cancer awareness. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink, and it is always fun to see the beautiful pink outfits and hats!

Churchill Downs partners with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and also an organization called Horses & Hope which works to increase breast cancer awareness among racing fans and stable workers at Kentucky racetracks.

For every Oaks attendee, $1 is donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. And for every Oaks Lily beverage sold, $1 goes to Horses & Hope. Last year Churchill Downs contributed more than $100,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and $30,000 to Horses & Hope!




Before the featured race is run, there is a Survivor's Parade of over 130 breast cancer survivors. They parade right on the track! A beautiful garland of pink star gazer lilies is placed on the filly that wins - this year's winner was Blind Luck who won by a nose.

I didn't attend the races today, but I did wear pink for today's Pink Out!





2 comments:

  1. What a nice partnership. They sure did raise a lot of money. :)

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  2. What a great cause ~ Good job participating! We've done several Bunko tournaments etc. for Beyond Boobs - which actually started here in Virginia 3 or 4 yrs. ago ~ I am also participating in my neighborhood Relay for Life (as a survivor!!) :)) Another very good cause to help with many different types of cancer. Get your screenings and checkups Ladies ~ So much has improved in helping people to survive longer!

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