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Churchill Opens Voting for Survivors Parade

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.
 
Churchill Downs became actively involved in breast cancer awareness in 2009 when one of the company’s long-time employees, Tricia Amburgey, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. “Although she eventually lost her battle with cancer this past year at the early age of 42, the strength and courage Tricia displayed over the past five years serves as an inspiration to all and motivates us to do what we can to prevent others from suffering the same fate,” Jordan said.  During the 2014 Survivors Parade, Churchill Downs will pay a special tribute to Tricia Amburgey, who was a fixture at the racetrack for more than two decades.  “It is our hope that through education, prevention and treatment we eventually no longer have a need for a Survivors Parade, ” said Jordan.
 
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. 
 
Churchill Downs Partners with Bright Pink
 
As part of the 2014 Pink Out activities, Churchill Downs is partnering with Bright Pink®, the only national non-profit organization focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. Founded in 2007, Bright Pink empowers women to be proactive with their breast and ovarian health to reduce the risk of developing these diseases, or to detect them at an early non-life-threatening stages. 
 
"Bright Pink is so grateful to be a part of the Longines Kentucky Oaks in 2014,” said Lindsay Avner, Bright Pink Founder and CEO. “ To have the opportunity to spread our message of breast and ovarian cancer prevention and early detection on such an international stage is invaluable and will undoubtedly have a tremendous lifesaving impact."
 
Churchill Downs Launched Fundraising Program with $50,000 Donation
Churchill Downs also announced the launch of a major fundraising program to support the vital work of Bright Pink and long-time charitable partner, Horses and Hopes, an organization dedicated to breast cancer awareness, education, screening, and treatment among Kentucky horse industry workers and their families.  The fundraising program has four components:
 
$50,000 Donation by Churchill Downs – Churchill Downs will kick off the Pink Out fundraising program by making a donation of $50,000 to Bright Pink through the Churchill Downs Foundation.
 
Survivors Parade Presented by Kroger Donations – As part of the nomination and voting process for the Survivors Parade, the public is encouraged to make a donation to support Bright Pink programs. Donations can be made in the name of nominees at www.kentuckyderby.com/survivors.
 
Longines Kentucky Oaks Day Donation – Guests attending the Longines Kentucky Oaks will have an opportunity to make a contribution directly to Bright Pink as they enter the track on Friday, May 2, at a series of donation stations manned by volunteers wearing Bright Pink shirts.  Each guest making a donation receives a pink lapel ribbon in return for their support.
 
vineyard vines 30% Donation – As the “Official Style of the Kentucky Oaks and Derby,” vineyard vines will donate thirty percent of proceeds from the sale of four Pink Lilies printed items in its vineyard vines for Kentucky Derby collection to Bright Pink. The Pink Lilies pieces include a tie, bow tie, pocket square, and tote bag.  These items and your complete vineyard vines for Kentucky Derby collection will be available for purchase starting March 23 online at www.vinyardvines.com, vineyard vines retail stores, select retail partners, and through the vineyard vines site at Churchill Downs. 
 
$1 Donation from Oaks Grey Goose Lily Sales – For the sixth year, Churchill Downs will donate $1 from each Grey Goose Oaks Lily® sold on Kentucky Oaks day on Friday, May 2, to Horses and Hope.
 
Over the past five years, Churchill Downs has donated nearly $500,000 to breast cancer organizations as part of its annual Pink Out.

 

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