HINESBURG, VT—AFTER the Track, a local non-profit organization dedicated to acquiring, retraining, and rehoming Thoroughbred ex-racehorses, will host “Greens & Roses: A Kentucky Derby Party and Golf Tournament” at Cedar Knoll Country Club on Saturday, May 6th, 2017.
The signature event will kick off with a 9-hole golf tournament at 2 PM, followed by games, contests, a buffet dinner, wagering, a silent auction, and other festivities. A 6:30 PM viewing of the 143rd Kentucky Derby will lead into a raucous and fun family-friendly concert with local band, The Growlers.
Golfers who try their luck at a hole-in-one have the chance to win a 2017 Dodge Ram pickup truck. Other prizes from community businesses will be awarded to golfers, contest winners, and game participants.
All ticket fees are tax-deductible donations to AFTER the Track. Golfers can register in foursomes for $250, or individually for $75. Party passes are $25, with children 12 and under only $5. Concert-only attendees can get a rocking evening for $8.
Tickets can be purchased at http://greensandroses.eventbrite.com.
“Greens & Roses” is the second Kentucky Derby fundraiser held by AFTER the Track and is a centerpiece of the organization’s fundraising endeavors. The proceeds will go toward the care and retraining of the off-the-track Thoroughbreds at the Hinesburg, VT based facility.
“Off-the-track Thoroughbreds often face very uncertain futures when their racing careers are over,” says Ginny Iverson, Executive Director of AFTER the Track. “Nearly 30,000 Thoroughbreds are born every year for racing, but only 20 make it into the gate at the Kentucky Derby. What happens to the others? That’s where we come in to help give these horses the best chance at future success.”
Funds raised will also benefit the Educational Outreach program, which offers internships in horsemanship, farm management, and business innovations. The program is unique among Thoroughbred aftercare organizations.
“A core part of our mission is to teach others to do what we do,” says Iverson. “We give students a chance to work one-on-one with the horses and learn skills they can take out into the world. We’re not just focused on horses—we’re helping Vermonters reach their full potential, too.
AFTER the Track has rehomed numerous Thoroughbreds and hosted over twenty college and high school student interns, with numbers growing every year.
In addition to events like Greens & Roses, fundraising occurs through private donations, adoptions, and sponsorships available to regional businesses and individuals. All inquiries for sponsorship and underwriting opportunities can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About AFTER the Track
Established in 2007 in Hinesburg, VT, AFTER the Track is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to ensuring safe futures for Thoroughbred ex-racehorses. The Holistic Re-Training Program prepares each Thoroughbred ex-racehorse to become a safe, affordable sport or pleasure horse that can be placed in a secure Vermont home. The Educational Outreach Program offers alternative, hands on experiences in horsemanship, farming, and business innovations to Vermont high school and college students.