By Loretta Gillespie
The Cullman Times
Ladies and Gentlemen, let the festivities begin!
On May 4, 2013, Second Century League (SCL) of Cullman will host its second Kentucky Derby party and fundraiser. The event will be held at WindBrook Stables, 1806 WindBrook Blvd. in Cullman. The event begins at 4 p.m. with the viewing of the 139th Kentucky Derby.
If you can’t get to Kentucky, this is by far the next best thing.
For the price of your ticket, $150 per couple/$75 individual, you get a complimentary mint julep in an official Kentucky Derby cup — you are welcome to BYOB, set-ups will be provided.
A delightful meal, catered by Designs By Grace, begins with hors d'oeuvres of bacon-wrapped sausage and everyone’s favorite, shrimp and grits.
“The buffet meal includes gilled pork tenderloin, chicken tenders, mini stuffed twice-baked potatoes, Greek pasta salad and grilled asparagus.
For dessert, guests will have a choice of marinated watermelon, grilled pineapple, mini creme brulée or chocolate ganache mini cupcakes,” SCL Vice President Paula Graham said.
Of course, one of the highlights of the event is seeing the ladies all dressed up in their Derby finery — especially the hats.
“We love an excuse to dress like this,” laughed co-coordinator of the project, Leah Belser.
“The Kentucky Derby is a time-honored tradition. In keeping with the theme, the entrance of WindBrook Stables boasts an elegant and ornate horse fountain,” said Belser. “Whether you enjoy the racing or the Derby attire, we will offer the best of both.”
Live entertainment will be provided by “Juice” — a classic rock dance band from Huntsville. “Everyone always enjoys the dancing,” said Belser.
“We look forward to our annual fundraiser because the events we've hosted are always a lot of fun, but more importantly, they raise money for children in our community who are either in foster care or have some other need,” said SCL Corresponding Secretary Tricia Fuller.
“Since 1996 we have raised over $143,000, which is very rewarding to our club members and donors. In the past we have changed themes every year, but we had such positive feedback from our Derby party last year that we decided to host another one.”
The funds raised at the Kentucky Derby party will benefit both foster children and abused children of Cullman County.
Second Century League was founded in October 1971 and federated with Alabama Federation of Women’s Clubs and General Foundation of Women’s Clubs only three months later in January 1972.
“The club name was chosen because this group was organizing just as Cullman began it’s centennial celebration,” explained Belser. “It was and is our sincere goal to make a positive impact on our community through volunteer service during Cullman’s next hundred years.”
Second Century League has donated over $126,400 to the Cullman County Department of Human Resources since 1996, and has given $23,000 to Brook’s Place, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Cullman since 2004.
Funds raised by the club are coordinated through the Mark Gregath-Sharon Franey Smith Fund. This fund was established by Second Century League in 1980.
“Mark Gregath, who was the infant son of one of our members, Kay Gregath, was tragically killed in a fire. The fund was to be donated to the Department of Human Resources for the foster children of Cullman County."
“Then, in 1991, Sharon Franey-Smith, daughter of club member Betty Smith and sister of Tress Bailey, died unexpectedly of an aneurism. Sharon’s name was added to the fund as a way to honor her life as well,” Belser continued.
The fund has been vital to countless children in Cullman County who have come into foster care due to physical abuse, sexual abuse and severe neglect. Many arrive with no more than the clothes on their backs. Due to the loyal contributions from the Second Century League during the last 28 years, DHR has been able to provide many extras for hundred of foster children in Cullman County.
What : Kentucky Derby Party
When: Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 4 p.m.
Where: 1806 WindBrook Blvd. Cullman, Alabama
Tickets: $150 per couple/$75 individual
Why: This event raises money for both foster care, and for abused children in Cullman
Contact Info: Leah Belser, 256-339-2286