Mar 24, 2014 1:45 PM
LOUISVILLE, KY - Churchill Downs Racetrack today announced the opening of public nominations and voting for participants in the 2014 Survivors Parade Presented by Kroger, and a new partnership with Bright Pink®, a national organization that focuses on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer and while providing support for high-risk individuals.
The Survivors Parade is part of the sixth annual Pink Out festivities held in conjunction with the 140th running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks - America's premiere race for 3-year old fillies on Friday, May 2. On April 1, the 140 survivors will be invited to be the guests of Churchill Downs for the 2014 Longines Kentucky Oaks and to participate in the Survivors Parade before the race. For the annual Pink Out, the historic race track will be decked out in pink bunting and the 100,000-plus guests attending the Longines Kentucky Oaks are asked to wear pink to show their support.
As part of the 2014 Pink Out and Survivors Parade, Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) Foundation announced a $50,000 donation to launch a six-week fundraising program to benefit Bright Pink and its national breast and ovarian health programs. The company will also donate a portion of each Grey Goose Oaks Lily® sold during the Pink Out to Horse and Hopes, a local breast cancer initiative that benefits people working throughout Kentucky's horse industry. The fundraising program concludes on Sunday, May 4.
"The Pink Out has become an important tradition at Churchill Downs over the past several years and we are pleased to be able to include a major fundraising program that gives our company, business partners and racetrack guests an opportunity to support Bright Pink's efforts to overcome the two of the most deadly of women's health issues, breast and ovarian cancer," said Ryan Jordan, general manager of Churchill Downs Racetrack.
Survivors Parade Presented by Kroger Nominations and Voting
Any breast or ovarian cancer survivor is eligible to be nominated to participate in the 2014 Survivors Parade, and nominations can be made by the survivor themselves, family members or friends online at www.kentuckyderby.com/survivors. Once a nomination is published, then friends and family are encouraged to vote for the nominee to be selected to walk in the parade. Voting is limited to once per day. Nominations and voting will continue through Monday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The 140 survivors will be announced on Tuesday, April 1 and will receive two tickets to the 140th Longines Kentucky Oaks and will be invited to participate in the 2014 Survivors Parade on Friday, May 2.