Apr 13, 2011 10:34 PM
LOUISVILLE - To celebrate the world-famous Kentucky Derby, the Hillbilly Coalition will be hosting its 11th Annual Hillbilly Outfield Derby Party May 6 - May 8, 2011. Net proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation(r) of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, Kentucky Region.
The Hillbilly Coalition has hosted The Hillbilly Outfield Derby Party since 2000 and has raised more than $77,000, enabling the Make-A-Wish Foundation(r) to grant the wishes of more than a dozen local children.
Born in the backyard of Jim Hafendorfer, party host and a founding member of the Hillbilly Coalition, the idea for the Hillbilly Outfield began as way to celebrate the Derby party with close friends and colleagues. The decision was quickly made to turn the annual event into a fundraiser.
"When almost 300 people showed up the first year, we knew we had something special," says Hafendorfer.
Hillbilly Outfield has become a signature event and popular party destination of Derby weekend, with participants enjoying food, beverages, live music and other exciting events, such as the popular corn hole tournaments. Many Hillbilly Outfield party-goers have even camped out at "tent city" in Hafendorfer's backyard. Guests also enjoy the Derby day races via live video feeds.
"Hillbilly Outfield is a great way for friends and families to come together and enjoy the pageantry of the Kentucky Derby while supporting a great cause," continued Hafendorfer.
The event is open to the public and takes place rain or shine, with tickets available for purchase prior to the event for $40, and at the door for $55. Net proceeds will benefit the Foundation. For more information about Hillbilly Outfield, visit www.hillbillyoutfield.org.
WHO: 11th Annual Hillbilly Outfield Kentucky Derby Party
WHAT: A weekend-long Derby celebration, with net proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation(r)
WHEN: Friday, May 6 - Sunday, May 8, 2011
WHERE: 12202 Old Shelbyville Road Louisville, KY 40243
About the Make-A-Wish Foundation The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1983, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana chapter is the largest of the 64 Make-A-Wish(r) chapters in the country in both territory and wishes granted. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, Kentucky Region has fulfilled the individual wishes of 831 local children since it was founded in 2001. Currently, we have more than 236 pending wishes. You can help share the power of a wish(r) by contributing financially, donating frequent flyer miles, adopting a wish or remembering the Make-A-Wish Foundation in your planned giving by calling (866) 487-9474. For more information, visit our website at www.makeawishky.org.