RK3DE chooses Horses and Hope as 2015 charity

Jane Beshear, First Lady of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Jane Beshear, First Lady of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The four-star Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event has named Horses and Hope as the official charity for its 2015 event.

Horses and Hope is a breast cancer initiative of the Office of Kentucky’s First Lady and the Kentucky Cancer Program (KCP). Its mission is to work alongside the state’s equine industry to provide breast cancer awareness, education, screenings, and treatment referrals. Since the program was founded in 2008, Horses and Hope  has reached nearly 1 million race track and horse show attendees, and educated  nearly 16,000 equine employees. The program has screened nearly 700 workers and detected breast cancer in three individuals who have received treatment.

RK3DE producer Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), has a long history of making financial contributions to charities that support local equine interests and serve the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

“EEI has always given back to the community through regular charitable donations. In addition to those donations, we decided last year to name an annual official charity so we could make an even more meaningful impact and bring much needed awareness to these organizations,” said Stewart Perry, president of the EEI board of directors.

horses-hope“Horses and Hope is a perfect choice for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event considering the Governor and First Lady Beshear’s deep involvement with the Kentucky Horse Park and the important work Horses and Hope is doing.”

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event takes place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, from April 23 to 26.  Horses and Hope will be the featured charity at a fundraising event to be held on Thursday night, April 23, at the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion, where a small number of Maker’s Mark Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event commemorative bottles will be auctioned off, with all proceeds from the auction going to Horses and Hope. Tickets to the fundraising event are $200 per individual or $300 per couple.




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