Fundraiser set

The Friends of Jenny Wiley’s “Talk Derby to Me” fundraiser includes a competition for the best Derby hat.

The Friends of Jenny Wiley is hosting a fundraising party this weekend in celebration of the Kentucky Derby.

The nonprofit, volunteer-based organization will host its second “Talk Derby to Me” fundraiser, beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at the Jenny Wiley State Resort Park’s May Lodge.

“It’s food and games and we’ll have two big projector screens with the Derby on it,” said Charly Sholty, one of the event organizers. 

Sholty reported that Floyd County musician Troy Burchett and the Postmen will provide live entertainment after the Derby is finished.

Sholty said the menu will include a variety of items, including Derby Pie, and she said mint juleps will be available at the cash bar. 

Activities include games, raffles, a contest for the Best Derby Hat and other activities.

“Everybody likes Derby parties, but nobody really hosts many anymore,” Sholty said. “It’s building that community spirit and celebrating Kentucky.” 

She said all proceeds will be used by the Friends of Jenny Wiley to improve the state park. The volunteer-based group hosts regular trail work days, undertakes various improvement projects like the one recently launched to build a changing station at SugarCamp Mountain Trails and sponsors events held at the park, including the annual Operation Clean Sweep.  It’s mission is to act as a “Citizens Support Organization” to identify and promote activities to “conserve, enhance and interpret the natural, scenic, historic, educational and recreational resources” at the park. 

“All the money that we raise goes back into the park,” Sholty said. “We all need to support and recognize that we are just so fortunate to have a state park in our backyard. The state seems to forget about Eastern Kentucky, and we’ve got to take care of ourselves.”

Tickets are $30 per person, $50 per couple or $200 per table of eight. Tickets are available online and they will be available at the door. For more information, visit the Friends of Jenny Wiley on Facebook. 

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