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Catholic Charities turns to virtual donations after derby eve party is canceled

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Posted at 6:42 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 23:23:58-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The 49th annual Poor Man’s Harlan County Derby Eve Party is one of many derby parties to call celebrations off due to COVID-19.

Every year, the Poor Man’s Derby raises thousands of dollars for a select charity. Catholic Charities of Lexington was chosen as the beneficiary this year before the party was canceled.

“It’s emotional,” said Ginny Vicini, the agency’s executive director. “The goal was to raise a minimum of $40,000 and more importantly to meet people who may not know what Catholic Charities does.”

Vicini said the funds raised during the event were going to help Kentucky families stay afloat during trying times.

“Many of the families we’re working with are trying to stay on top of paying their rent,” she said.

Vicini said the need for aid has only amplified since the pandemic began. So, the cancelation of the Poor Man’s Derby was disappointing in many ways.

“That was $40,000 that we needed,” she said. “We just need to meet some acute needs right now.”

So, in lieu of buying raffle tickets during the derby party, Catholic Charities is asking people to donate what they can online.

You can also mail food or other supplies to the agency’s address, Catholic Charities 1310 West Main St. Lexington KY 40508.

“We want everyone to be healthy and safe and live life as normally as you can, but please don’t forget those who are just teetering on the edge of complete disaster,” Vicini said.