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Derby Eve fundraising gala planned in Lexington

Plans are being made for Derby Eve party called Night of the Phoenix.
Plans are being made for Derby Eve party called Night of the Phoenix.

The JustFundKY non-profit organization hopes to recapture the magic of horsewoman Anita Madden's renowned Derby Eve parties at a fundraiser-bash in Lexington this year.

The theme for the party, which will be May 3 at The Grand Reserve, 903 Manchester Street, is "'Night of Phoenix,' which evokes the image of resurrecting Lexington's past tradition of having the most exciting Derby Eve in the country," according to a news release.

Honorary co-hosts of the event are Mayor Jim Gray and L. Tracee Whitley, chief operating officer of Bingham, McCutchen law firm.

Admission is $125. The event will include live and silent auctions, an open premium bar and hors d'oeuvres, entertainment by the Imperial Court of Kentucky, and dance music by Superfecta.

Auction items will include vacations to Florida, Colorado and Costa Rica; artwork, and college sports packages.

Proceeds from the event will go to JustFundKY, which administers an endowment fund that supports efforts in Kentucky to end discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

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